How to Create Class or Group Composites in Assembly

Below are instructions on how to use Darkroom Assembly to create class or group composites.

Format the data for Assembly:

  1. Data should have NO headers. (The red headers above are only for reference)

  2. Column A is the "Type" column - Only Student, Teacher or Principal can be listed in this column.

  3. Column D is the "Title" column - Use this column if you want titles to print under the image nodes.

  4. Column E is the "Grade" column - Use this column if you require special grouping in the composite.

  5. All sorting should be done prior to importing into Assembly.

  6. Data should be saved as a CSV.

  7. The CSV should be saved within the actual folder of images you are using. For example: if there is a color corrected folder, the data should be saved within that folder.

  8. If no data was supplied because the customer isn't requesting text or a specific sort, simply copy all the filenames into column F and save the file as a CSV.

Import the data and images into Assembly:

  1. Open Assembly. Under the "PHOTOASSISTANT" tab, click create new job.

  2. Enter the Photographer Name, Job Name and ROES# into the Job Name section (JRich_MtPleasant_R327431).

  3. Click Create new job.

  4. Change the Package Group to Composites (you should have already created this package group)

  5. Click apply and continue.

  6. The Data Template section should have Composites selected.

  7. Click the import data file button and navigate to where edited CSV file is located.

  8. The answers to the questions should read Yes, No, Yes, No.

  9. You'll know the data is formatted correctly and all images match if "Ready to import" is listed in the lower left corner.

  10. Click OK.

  11. If there is a problem with a filename not matching or an incorrect Photo Type, Assembly will notify you in red and will list which row of the CSV has an issue. Fix the problem in the data file and try to re-import until you get the green go ahead.

  12. After import, unlink the images. Go to the photo library tab, select all images, right click and select "Un-Link Photo(s)".

Creating Composite Templates:

  1. All Composite templates are saved locally:

* C:\\program files (x86)\\expressdigital\\darkroom ae\\photos\\templates\\composites
  1. In Assembly, navigate to the Setup tab.

  2. To access the composite templates click Products & Services> Templates > Borders> Composites.

  3. Double click on any Composite that seems to have a similar layout to the one you will be creating.

  4. Double click on the header text to open the Text Object window.

  5. Type in the header for the new composite.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Click "border properties" on the left side of the screen.

  8. Modify the Description, Page Size and Orientation to the specs for the new composite.

  9. Click OK.

  10. Click Save as new border. Do NOT click save changes because this will overwrite the template of the original template file you opened.

  11. The Filename will default to the description that was listed in the border properties window.

  12. Click Save.

Editing Composite Templates -- This is an example of creating a band composite.

  1. In the Setup tab, double click on the template that was just saved to open and edit.

  2. All the components of the composite are listed on the right, in the border items section.

  3. Double click on any image/text nodes to edit.

  4. Single click and drag on any node for desired placement.

  5. Text nodes have all basic options - Font, Size, Color and placement.

  6. Image nodes have a variety of options.

  7. Create separate image nodes based on the different TYPES listed in the original CSV.

    1. For example, if all Directors should display on the Composite separate from the students, they should have been listed as a different TYPE (column A) in the CSV.

    2. Edit the "Look up the photos by query" section to *Find Type="Teacher" (or whatever type they were listed as).

  8. Edit the "How are the photos arranged" section to set the total number of image nodes.

    1. It's very important to reference the original CSV to see how many nodes are needed.

    2. For example, 35 band members should be pictured on the Composite and you've only entered 3 rows and 11 columns. This would only create 33 image nodes, which mean two children will not be viewed. You would need to adjust accordingly.

  9. Sometimes the placement of nodes will not line up properly and will cause nodes to disappear. Double clicking on the node and modify the "What should happen if other objects overlap this one?" option will help to correct the problem.

  10. If the image nodes seem small or have a lot of space in-between, double clicking on the node and modify the "How are the photos spaced?" option to help to correct the problem.

  11. Edit the Labels tab if the child's name should appear under the image node. This is also where you would set if a title should appear under the name. Keep in mind, a title would need to be entered in the title column (column D) of the original CSV in order for a title to appear in Assembly.

  12. Edit the Options tab to set the shape and color of each image frame.

  13. Remember to click the Save changes button when finished editing!

Helpful hints for editing Composite templates:

  1. Right click on any node to duplicate, align, center etc.

  2. To add a logo or graphic, click add graphic button on the left and navigate to where the file is located.

Applying Template and saving file:

  1. In the Photo Workshop tab, click on any of the images.

  2. Click the border option -> choose border.

  3. Navigate to the template that was created.

  4. Double click on the desired template.

  5. Click the save to -> save to file option.

  6. Navigate to the FinalFiles folder for the job and save the file