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Software for photo album designing

Post by leontheprof » Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:05 am

Greetings to the community,
First of all i'm a long time Windows user and recently i moved to linux. I believe i have a fairly good knowledge about Computing as far as Hardware as Software too. But in linux i suck :) Although linux have something i really like , i was always using Windows.
Anyway, i'm searching for a program that can do photo album designing, i need it for making a wedding album. I want to export it in jpg if that helps.

Here are some examples of what i want to do:
http://www.albumdesignstore.com/wp-cont ... Design.jpg
http://www.imagenish.com/wp-content/upl ... design.jpg
https://www.zookbinders.com/wp-content/ ... 24x512.jpg

I understand that i can design page by page in a photo editing program like GIMP (or photoshop in Windows) but is there any program that is more friendly for that kind of job? Like having ready templates or something like that. I did search a lot but i dont know where to start.

P.S. English is not my native language
Thanks a lot, waiting for reply :)

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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by RHTopics » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:08 pm

leontheprof, Welcome to Linux Mint Forums!

Your English is very good.

This recommendation is somewhat close to what you want to do assuming you have Linux Mint Cinnamon installed.

To have a better photo manager over just using "Nemo" the file manager to organize your image files. Install the application "Shotwell" from Software Manager.

To have your images nicely arranged, one option would be to upload them to a website like "Flickr". Shotwell appears to be designed to work with Flickr.

There is an application called "album" to create photo albums, but it is not very polished.

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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by lsemmens » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:05 pm

Hi,leontheprof, welcome to Mint forums.

What program did you use in Windwoes? Gimp is a good alternative to Photoshop, but we might be able to offer a closer match if we knew exactly the packages you are familiar with.
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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by phd21 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:44 pm

Hi leontheprof,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum!

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

What is your native language?

It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.

All the good Image editors can do what you showed in your links as well like Gimp, Inkscape, etc...

Recommend installing "photoprint" and the Collage and poster applications are certainly worth looking at.

digiKam - A Professional Photo Editing and Management Software
https://www.fossmint.com/digikam-a-linu ... ment-tool/

5 Best Linux Photo Management Software In 2018
https://itsfoss.com/linux-photo-management-software/

Best Photo Applications For Linux - It's FOSS
https://itsfoss.com/image-applications-ubuntu-linux/

7 Best Linux Tools For Digital Artists in 2018
https://itsfoss.com/best-linux-graphic-design-software/

jAlbum - Photo Gallery Website Software
https://jalbum.net/en/

* There are poster and collage software options as well.

After Several Years, Fotowall Has a New Release - It's FOSS
https://itsfoss.com/fotowall-1-0-release/

Shape Collage - Automatic Photo Collage Maker
http://www.shapecollage.com/

Easily Make Collages in Linux With PhotoCollage and Mountain Tapir Apps - It's FOSS
https://itsfoss.com/photocollage-linux/

(Solved & Solved) How do I print a poster? - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=264072&hilit=print+poster

Small form linux workstation (for video&graphics) - suggestions? - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=49&t=254102&hilit=PosteRazor

Vap - application for layout and print images
https://mintguide.org/tools/467-vap-app ... mages.html

- There are also various online options which work from your browser on any computer
photo album design - Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?q=photo+a ... e&ie=UTF-8


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by BenTrabetere » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:23 am

You can replicate the zookbinders example with ImageMagick. ImageMagick is a command line tool, and there is a learning curve. I do not know of anyone who accused ImageMagick of being easy and had that accusation stick, but it is worth investigating if you plan to use the 'zookbinders template' for other projects.

I am far from being an expert at ImageMagick, but I am willing to help you with a script.

http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php

Here are examples of how IM can be used.
https://rubblewebs.co.uk/imagemagick/im ... k.php#div2
http://www.rubblewebs.co.uk/imagemagick/codes/film.php



Fotowall was mentioned - I have used it to create photo-collages. It works, but I am not a fan. The controls do not give you much control. I found resizing and repositioning images was too much trouble.

Now that I have buried the lede....

I would use Scribus for a project like this. There is a template for creating a photo album, but you should be able to paste-up without it. This template works well for me on Scribus 1.5.x, but it does not work on Scribus 1.4.x. The output is PDF - I think this is a better format for work like this, but there are tools to convert PDF to JPG if that is what you want/need.
https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1106626/

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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by Moem » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:31 am

BenTrabetere wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:23 am
I would use Scribus for a project like this.
I can here to say exactly this. Scribus can be found in the software manager, give it a spin. An image editor is great to have, in fact a must-have, but it's not what I would recommend to use for creating a printable album.
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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by BenTrabetere » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:30 pm

Moem wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:31 am
BenTrabetere wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:23 am
I would use Scribus for a project like this.
I can here to say exactly this. Scribus can be found in the software manager, give it a spin. An image editor is great to have, in fact a must-have, but it's not what I would recommend to use for creating a printable album.
I am almost positive the version Software Manager offers is Scribus 1.4.6 (or 1.4.7, the current stable version). A flatpak is also available, but I have to assume it is in the 1.4.x series. The template I mentioned throws out a seg fault every time with this version.

The template really is not necessary, especially if you have even the slightest experience with page layout, but I find it does make for shorter work.

The template does work with the development version, which currently stands at 1.5.4 and is available as an AppImage. I have used this AppImage almost exclusively since its release in April 2018, and I have not experienced any problems with it. It is available for download from
https://sourceforge.net/projects/scribu ... vel/1.5.4/

Download the file (scribus-1.5.4-linux-x86_64.AppImage), make it executable, and run.

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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by leontheprof » Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:49 pm

Wow, wow, wow..what an active forum, thank you all for your help! Though i didn't check all the programs you told me, i think Scribus will do the job. I didn't download the photo design template but maybe i will try it.. I am very new to Linux and everything that might seems everyday job for you, might be very difficult to me.
Thanks a lot, for your advice, i'm really excited with Linux, many questions to come! :) :)

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Re: Software for photo album designing

Post by rlm » Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:20 pm

Is this a one-time need, or your job?

For a one-time thing, how about simply LibreOffice Impress?

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