Photo Booth Setup Wizard

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The photo booth setup wizard provides a fast and simple way of creating the screens and the print layout for common photo booth configurations.

 

Running the Photo Booth Setup Wizard

 

If the photo booth shortcut buttons are displayed at the top of the main window simply click on the "Photo Booth Setup Wizard" button (if the shortcuts buttons aren't displayed select View->Photo Booth Shortcuts to display them).

Alternatively click on the File menu and select "Photo Booth Setup Wizard..."

 

Step 1: Printer Settings

This step displays the current printer settings and asks you to select a print layout. The settings for a Mitsubishi CP70D printer loaded with 6x4 paper are shown below:

 

step1
 

First check the printer settings and click on the "Setup printer..." button if they need changing.

Please note: if you printing a double strip of 3 or double strip of 4 photos and are using a dyesub printer which can cut a 4"x6" sheet into two 2"x6" strips you need to select this option in the printer driver by clicking on the "Setup printer..." button.

 

Next select one of the seven print layout options:

 

"Classic double strip of 4 photos" - This prints two columns of four images side by side as shown below:
 

photobooth_ex4

 

"Single strip of 4 photos" - This prints a single column of four images as shown below. This option is useful for printers like the Sony UP-DR200 which can cut 6x2 strips from 6x4 paper and treat these as 6x2 pages.
 

photobooth_ex4a

 

 

"Double strip of 3 photos" - Similar to the "Classic double strip of 4 photos" but with only three photos and more space for logos etc.
 

photobooth_ex5a

 

 

"Single strip of 3 photos" - Similar to the "Single strip of 4 photos" but with only three photos and more space for logos etc.
 

photobooth_ex5b

 

 

"1 large photo with 3 smaller ones below" - This layout gives plenty of space for logos and captions as shown below:
 

photobooth_ex5

 

"2 rows of 2 photos" - This option fills the page with four equally sized photos arranged in a 2 x 2 grid:
 

photobooth_ex4b

 

 
"Single photo" - This option fills the page with a single photo:
 

photobooth_ex6

 

When you have selected your preferred layout press the "Next >" button to go to step 2.

 
 

Step 2: Specify the photo booth images folder

This step allows you to specify the name of the folder where the various screen and layout images should be stored and looks like this:
 

step2

 

Enter the name of the photo booth images folder. The screens for the photo booth and the optional layout images will be saved in this folder and can be edited later using an image editor to personalize the look of your booth.

Press the "Next >" button to go to step 3.

 

Step 3: Specify user interface options

This step allows you to specify the options available to users of your photo booth and looks like this:
 

step3

 

Select the options you wish to use and then press the "Finish" button to create the photo booth settings. The settings are saved to a file named settings.xml in the photo booth images folder. These settings can be loaded again by pressing the "Load..." in the photo booth settings dialog.

 

First select the theme - the default theme is "Tradewind Blue". Different themes can use different buttons or have different screen backgrounds. Themes can also have different screen captions e.g. to generate screens in a different language.

 

The following themes come with DSLR Remote Pro:

Tradewind Blue - a clean modern set of buttons with icons on a blue background

Tradewind White - similar to Tradewind Blue but with a white background

Simple round buttons - simple round buttons with text

German - the simple round buttons theme with captions in German

Italian - the simple round buttons theme with captions in Italian

Polish - the simple round buttons theme with captions in Polish

Romanian - the simple round buttons theme with captions in Romanian

 

The "Tradewind Blue" and "Tradewind White" designs were created by The Wilkes Booth Co. Please visit "The Lab" for more exciting interface designs, filters, actions and GIF overlays from the Wilkes Booth Co. .

Please see the section on configuring the setup wizard for information on how to create your own themes.

 

Select the button placement to specify how the buttons for touchscreen actions are positioned on the screens. The "sides" option places the buttons down the left and right sides of the screens. The "bottom" option places the button along the bottom of the screens.

 

Next select the screen background color and the text color to use for screen captions. The default settings are white text on a black background. Please note that if your selected theme provides a background image this will be used instead of the screen background color.

The captions used on each screen can be edited by clicking on the "Edit captions..." button. There is no need to change these settings unless you wish to change the default captions or the language used. Please see the section on configuring the setup wizard for more information about editing the screen captions.

 

"Use touchscreen" - select this option if your booth has a touchscreen. The setup wizard will automatically add buttons and touchscreen actions to the screens shown to users.

Select the style of buttons to use for the screens. The default setting is for simple round buttons. A selection of different buttons styles come with DSLR Remote Pro and you can add your own styles. Please see the section on configuring the setup wizard for more information.

 

"Allow users to select B&W or color prints" - If the "Use touchscreen" option is selected this option will add buttons and touchscreen actions to allow users to choose color or B&W prints. If "Use touchscreen" is not selected this option will do nothing but users will be able to select B&W or color using the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+B and Ctrl+C.

 

"Preview each photo after it is taken" - when this option is selected a full screen preview will be displayed for 3 secs after each shot is taken.

 

"Display thumbnails of the photos taken so far" - select this option to display a small thumbnail of each shot taken so far down the right hand of the screen. Each screen will have a series of small gray rectangles added to show where the thumbnails will be placed. Please see the section on the optional thumbnail display for more information.

 

"Display print preview and ask for confirmation before printing" - when this option is selected a full screen preview of the print layout will be displayed before printing. If the "Use touchscreen" option is selected buttons and touchscreen actions allowing users to print or reject the photos will be added. If the "Use touchscreen" option is not selected users need to press A to accept the print or X to reject it.

If the "Use touchscreen" option is selected you can also define the maximum number of copies the user can select in the confirm printing screen. The photo booth wizard will create buttons and touchscreen actions for increasing the number of print copies and display these on the right hand side of the screen. Multiple confirm_printing.jpg screen will be created: confirm_printing_1.jpg which is displayed when 1 copy is selected, confirm_printing_2.jpg for 2 copies, confirm_printing_3.jpg for 3 copies etc.

 

"Add print option in sharing screen" - select this option to allow users to print photos from the sharing screen.

 

"Facebook upload" - select this option to allow users to upload photos to their personal Facebook page direct from the photo booth (requires an internet connection). Please see the section on uploading photos to social networks for more information on uploading photos to Facebook.

 

"Twitter tweet" - select this option to allow users to post photos their personal Twitter feed direct from the photo booth (requires an internet connection). Please see the section on uploading photos to social networks for more information on posting photos to Twitter.

 

"MMS/SMS" - select this option to allow users to text photos to their cellphone via MMS or SMS (requires an internet connection and an account with Twilio.com). Please see the section on uploading photos to social networks for more information texting photos.

 

"Email photos" - select this option to allow users to email photos direct from the photo booth (requires an internet connection). Please see the section on uploading photos to social networks for more information on emailing photos.

 

"Enable video booth mode (10 sec video capture)" - select this option if you are using a camera which supports video (e.g. a Rebel T3i/EOS 600D) and wish to offer users the option to record a 10 second video (the settings can be adjusted later using the "Video Booth Settings" dialog).

 

Select the "Capture 'boomerang' animated GIFs to capture boomerang style animated GIFs instead of normal videos. This will set everything up to create a an animated GIF that is approximately 3 secs long and plays forwards then backwards at approximately double speed.

 

The inactivity timeout can be set to switch the booth to standby mode and display the welcome.jpg screen after a preset number of seconds if there is no user input. Set this to 0 to disable the inactivity timeout. The inactivity timeout is useful if the photo booth is not in continuous use because it disables the live view display and puts the booth into standby mode. Disabling live view will allow the camera's sensor to cool down to avoid possible overheating problems. The booth can be switched back to the ready screen by pressing F6 or touching the screen (if available).

 

Click on the "Use default settings" button to load the default settings for the photo booth setup wizard. This will select photos only using the Tradewind Blue theme with black text on a light gray background.
 

What happens next?

 

Please try running the booth and taking a set of photos to check the print layout. If the photos aren't correctly centered on the page or the gaps between the photos is too large you can adjust the settings by clicking on the "Print Layout" shortcut button (or by selecting File->Photo Booth settings... and clicking on the "Settings..." button to the right of the "Custom layout" checkbox. Please see the section on the print layout editor for more details.

 

Logos and other graphics can be added to the prints by creating a background.jpg image and editing this in an image editor. The background.jpg image needs to be the same size in pixels as the print output. If you selected the "Add a background.jpg image which can be edited to add logos etc." option when running the setup wizard there will already be a dummy background.jpg image in the photo booth images folder.

 

The various screens presented to the user are defined using JPEG images saved in the photo booth images folder. The look of your booth can be customized simply by editing the screen JPEGs using an image editor such as Photoshop Elements. The screen that is shown when the booth is ready to take the next set of photos is called ready.jpg. Please see the section on images displayed to the user for more details.

 

There are many other settings that can be adjusted. Please see the section on advanced photo booth settings for more information. There is a series of articles on our website which includes lots of useful information about photo booth shooting and a section giving answers to frequently asked questions.
 

 

Configuring the setup wizard

 

Themes

 

Themes provide a way of customizing the appearance of the screens created by the photo booth setup wizard. A theme can have its own touchscreen button designs, modify the screen background and change the text used for the captions in the screen images. Themes are defined by creating subfolders in the "wizard" folder in the DSLR Remote Pro installation folder. The name of the subfolder defines the theme's name and this is what appears in the theme dropdown list in step 3 of the setup wizard.

For example, the default theme is "Simple round buttons" and is defined by the contents of the folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro\Wizard\Simple round buttons

Please note: You need administrator privileges to modify files in the "Program Files (x86)" folder. This is because Windows protects the programs folder to prevent the files from being damaged.

 

Button Style

 

The buttons used for the touchscreen actions in the screens created by setup wizard are defined using PNG images. The setup wizard looks in the subfolder for the selected theme for PNG files representing the buttons e.g. Start.PNG for the start button. If the theme's subfolder does not define the button the setup wizard will use the default button design in the buttons subfolder.

e.g. If the selected theme is "Simple round buttons" the wizard will look in the folder "C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro\Wizard\Simple round buttons" for a PNG image named Start.PNG to define the start button. If the folder does not contain a Start.PNG image the setup wizard will use the default button, "C:\Program Files (x86)\BreezeSys\DSLR Remote Pro\buttons\Start.PNG" instead.

 

The following PNG button images are used by the setup wizard:

 

start.png - start button in photo mode

boomerang_start.png - start button for boomerang GIFs (defaults to start.png if there is no boomerang_start.png image)

video_start.png - start button in video booth mode (defaults to start.png if there is no video_start.png image)

bw.png - select B&W in photo and animated GIF ready screens

color.png - select color in photo and animated GIF ready screens

gif.png - select boomerang GIFs

photo.png - select normal photo booth mode

video.png - select video booth mode

minus.png - reduce the number of copies to print in print confirmation screen

plus.png - increase the number of copies to print in print confirmation screen

email.png - email button in the sharing screen

facebook.png - Facebook button in the sharing screen

mms.png - texting button in the sharing screen

print.png - print button in the sharing screen

twitter.png - Twitter button in the sharing screen

cancel.png - button to exit the sharing screen

replay.png - replay video in video playback screen

accept.png - accept print, animated GIF or video

reject.png - reject print, animated GIF or video

 

Screen Backgrounds

 

By default screens are created with a solid background color using the color specified in step three of the setup wizard. An image can be used for the background by placing a JPEG image in the subfolder for the selected theme. The JPEG image should be named background_tiled.jpg, background_stretched.jpg or background_cropped.jpg. The filename tells the setup wizard what to do if the background image is not the same size as the computer's screen:

 

background_tiled.jpg
The screen background is formed by tiling it with the background image starting from the top left hand corner. e.g. if the screen is 900x600 pixels and  background_tiled.jpg is 100x100 pixels the screen backgrounds will be formed by tiling 6 rows of 9 copies of the background image:
 

background_tiled

 

background_stretched.jpg

The screen background is formed by stretching the background image so that it fills the screen e.g. if the screen is 900x600 pixels and background_stretched.jpg is 100x100 pixels the screen backgrounds will be formed by stretching the background image until it is 900 pixels wide and 600 pixels high. If the background_stretched.jpg image's aspect ratio is not the same as the screen's aspect ratio it will be distorted to fit:
 

background_stretched

 

background_cropped.jpg

This is similar to the background_stretched.jpg except that the aspect ratio of the background image is preserved. The background_cropped.jpg image is resized so that it covers the whole screen and any overlap is cropped off the right hand or bottom edges e.g. if the screen is 900x600 pixels and background_stretched.jpg is 100x100 pixels the screen backgrounds will be formed by resizing the background image until it is 900 pixels wide and 900 pixels high and then the bottom 300 pixels are cropped off the bottom:

 

background_cropped

 

Caption text

 

The text for the captions added to the screens created by the setup wizard defaults to simple captions in English. These can be edited to create screens in a different language or if you you prefer different messages.

To edit the caption text click on the "Edit captions..." button in the "Step 3: Specify user interface options" screen when running the wizard. This will display the dialog shown below:

 

wizard_edit_captions

 

The name of the caption to edited is displayed in the list on the left and a description is displayed on the right. The current text is displayed in the edit box below the description and can be edited as required. The default text is displayed below the edit box. Press the "Use default" button to copy the default text into the edit box.

The settings can be saved to file for future reference by clicking on the "Save..." button. Previously saved settings can be loaded by clicking on the "Load..." button.

 

The following tokens can be used in the caption text:

{photoboothSubDir} - This is the same as name of the photo booth images folder specified in step 2 of the setup wizard

{photoboothNumImages} - The number of photos to be taken in stills photo booth mode

{themeName} - The name of the theme selected in step 3 of the setup wizard

{eventName} - Please see this section for more information on the event name and strings.

{eventString1}

{eventString2}

{eventString3}

{eventString4}

{eventString5}

 

When the setup wizard is run it will look in the selected theme's subfolder for a file named captions.xml defining the text to be used for the captions in each screen. The captions.xml file doesn't need to contain all of the text strings used by the wizard. It can be used to modify a few strings e.g. the captions.xml file below will remove the "Press the Start button to take a photo..." text displayed in the ready.jpg screens:

 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<dslr_remote_pro version="3.7.3">

<photobooth_wizard_captions>

 <PhotoStartSingle></PhotoStartSingle>

 <PhotoStartMultiple></PhotoStartMultiple>

</photobooth_wizard_captions>

</dslr_remote_pro>