Create Albums using Book Builder in JDLab2You

JDLab2You’s Book Builder is used by many of our clients to order both photo books and albums from the lab. However, because not everyone is familiar with the many features and options available in this free software, we’ve created this 5 minute video that walks you through all the steps to create a book or album and send your order to the lab.

Watch the video here.

Get started with JDLab2You here.

Building Reusable Packages in Pick-a-Pack, JDLab2You

Our JDLab2You and Pick-a-Pack ordering software allows you to create packages and save them to make ordering packages faster and with fewer errors.

We’ve created this useful 4 minute video that shows you how to use this feature step by step so you can create your own packages.

Watch the video here.

JDLab2You Get Started Video

Here’s a short video that shows how easy it is to send your first order.

How to Order Calibration Prints

studio-colorJD Lab offers first-time clients or current clients who have implemented in-studio proofing the opportunity to get a set of calibration prints to test their studio color workflow before they begin sending orders.

To get started, install JDLab2You. Start the program, click Standard Size Prints, then scroll to the bottom on the left and select the “Calibration Prints” product. You can order up to 5 prints. Drag in each image, click the “Add to Order” button, and when you have selected your 5 prints click “View Cart” and complete your order. Do not change any other options.

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Mac OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” Suggested Upgrade


Mac Users running version 10.10.5 Yosemite or older should upgrade to the latest OS X 10.11.1 if they are experiencing crashes in JDLab2You or Pick-a-Pack. Apple’s latest operating system “El Capitan” works with JDLab2You and Pick-a-Pack.

Why should you upgrade? As a result of optimizing our software to work with El Capitan, it is now having trouble with the older versions including Yosemite and Snow Leopard.

Mac computers introduced in 2009 and later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008, can also be upgraded to El Capitan.

Click here to learn more about the update. In most cases, the upgrade will be free. Some older Macs may not be compatible or could be subject to upgrade fees.

Designer Tools Video Tutorial

This video will show you how to create and modify image and text nodes in JDLab2You or Pick-a-Pack.

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Using the Cropping Tools in JDLab2You

Cropping an image can sometimes be a challenge, but JDlab2you gives you a great set of tools to work with. Here’s a quick guide to help you through them and hopefully provide some productivity tips as well.

First, remember WYSIWYG: “What You See IS What You Get.” For example, if your original image has plenty of space above the subject’s head, yet when you drop it on to an 8×10″ print format the head is cut off, don’t assume that the print will look fine. JDlab2you will show you exactly the crop that will be applied to your image on the print.

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Quickly Search JDLab2you and Pick-A-Pack

JDLab2you and Pick-A-Pack now have a search option to make it easier to find a specific product.

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JDLabYou Book Builder Page Navigation

JDLab2You gives you 3 ways to view a book in the Book Builder tool while you are editing pages. We call them “views.” The old version of JDLab2You changed the view by clicking these icons at the top:


Views are now changed by clicking these icons in the lower right corner of the page when using the Book Builder tool.


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Add Custom Text to Wallets in JDLab2You

custom-walletsYou can add custom text using any font or color to wallets in JDLab2You.

When you select Wallets in JDLab2You, you have 3 options: 1. Standard, 2. Custom Text, and 3. Foil Stamped. Each of these options are slightly different.

1. Standard – This is the custom way to add text to wallets. Using the text-tool text box tool, you can draw a text box, add or edit text, and change the text font and color. The available fonts are the same ones installed on your PC. You can create a custom font color using the RGB sliders, or use the eyedropper to pick a color from the image (see right). Text can have drop shadows, or a box around it. If you select the 8-image wallets, you can even create unique text boxes for each image.

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