Breeze profiles are powerful building blocks you can use to customize your photo booths to offer guests choices such as print layouts and selecting from several languages; or add an element of surprise such as random animations in a magic mirror booth.
Breeze profiles are uniquely powerful building blocks. Use them to offer a menu of choices, or delight guests with the unexpected.
This tutorial shows you step by step how to offer guests a choice of print layouts. If you are new to Breeze profiles, this is a great place to start.
This is the first of three tutorials about profiles. The other tutorials cover Random Profiles, Choose or Surprise me designs and Troubleshooting.
The post was written for Booth (DSLR +Windows) aka DSLR Remote Pro, and can be adapted for use with Booth (Webcam+Windows) aka Webcam Photobooth.
We are going to build a simple menu offering guests a choice between two print layouts. This method can easily be adapted to add more options, or offer different choices such as multiple languages.
Lets get started..
Start DSLR Remote Pro and run the Photobooth Setup Wizard
When you finish running the wizard you will see this window:
The wizard has built you a working design. You can customize this as usual.
To customise the print template or load predesigned layouts select Print Layout.
Note 1: when you leave the print layout editor you may be prompted to Save print settings to the default profile? Choose No.
Select the large Advanced Settings button then Save.
Note 2: You will be asked whether to Save the printer settings as well as the photo booth settings? Choose Yes.
This Save command stores your current choices for screen and output designs, sharing instructions and everything else needed to run 1+3 in a file called settings.xml.
Be careful to save settings.xml in the correct PhotoBoothImages folder, here …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml
Note 3: you can make other changes as well as customising the print layout. Once you finish making changes to any option, or to the menu design, you will need to return to Advanced Settings and save them.
Once you are done press OK to leave the Photobooth Settings screen. Before moving on, select Start Photobooth and check this design works as you expect.
You should have a simple ready screen and produce prints with a 1+3 layout. This is mine:
Repeat the process for the second option on your menu, the single photo.
Run the Setup Wizard again. This time
Customise the print using the Print Layout Editor and make any other changes you need.
Select the large ‘Advanced Settings’ button then Save. Take care to save the settings in the correct folder; here …\PhotoboothImages\Single Photo\settings.xml
When you have saved your settings Press OK to leave the Photobooth settings screen.
Note 4: During this process you need to keep saving your updated settings. Take care to check you are saving them in the correct folder each time.
Before moving on, select Start Photobooth and check this design works as you expect.
You should have a simple ready screen and produce prints with a single photo layout.
Note 5: This example offers a choice of 6*4 and square 6*6 prints. You can use a mixture of print sizes if your printer supports this. You can also switch between portrait and landscape orientated prints.
To offer more than two choices, repeat the process above until you have a full set of designs.
Next move on to the menu.
Run the Setup Wizard again. This time
1. Select the large ‘Advanced Settings’ button and remove the live view by unchecking Enable live view.
2. Select Save and update …\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml
We need three profiles: one each for the menu, the 1+3 print layout, and the single photo layout.
The menu profile needs to run each time the booth is started; and after each guest session finishes.
3. Stay in the Photobooth Settings screen and select the Profiles… button. This takes you to the Photobooth Profiles screen.
4. Set Profile 10 to C:\Users\sue\Documents\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml
5. Set Profile 1 to C:\Users\sue\Documents\PhotoboothImages\1+3\ settings.xml
6. Set Profile 2 to C:\Users\sue\Documents\PhotoboothImages\Single Photo\settings.xml
7. Set Default profile loaded at startup and after each shooting sequence to Profile 10. This will display your menu each time the photo booth is started; and after each guest session finishes*
8. (Optional) Check Load default profile when launching DSLR Remote Pro*
9. (Optional) If you want to be able to use this set of profiles again; save them using the Save Profiles button. I have called the profiles xml file demoprofiles.xml and saved it in the menu folder : …\PhotoboothImages\menu\demoprofiles.xml
10. Click OK to leave the profiles screen
Note 6*: Any time you are not using profiles, change (7) back to None and uncheck (8)
Use an image editor to create a new jpg image containing icons for the 2 print layouts. This should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard. Replace the original ready.jpg screen in PhotoboothImages\Menu with this image
If necessary start DSLR Remote Pro and select Advanced Settings to Load your menu (…\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml).
Start the booth to check that your new menu screen is displayed; then <Esc> to return to the main DSLR Remote Pro screen.
11. Select Advanced Settings; and select the Settings button for the touchscreen
Note 7: Touchscreen actions. The Touchscreen settings screen allows you to choose what action the program takes when a guest touches different parts of the screen. These are called touchscreen actions.
12. Select Show/edit touchscreen areas to display a copy of the screen layout showing the ‘touchscreen actions’ currently enabled. Each action and the part of the screen affected is shown like this
Remove each action you no longer need from the screen (here Photo Start, Photo Select Color mode, Photo Select B&W mode) by right clicking on the action and choosing Delete Action..
Move the mouse over your 1+3 icon and right click; then choose Add Action.
Choose Profile 1 from the drop-down list.
Click on OK. Move and resize the red dotted action box to cover your icon.
Repeat for your single photo icon; choosing Profile 2.
Optional: Add a hidden button to the main menu to leave full screen photobooth mode and return to the back end.
You may also wish to add a secret or hidden button to exit the full screen photo booth mode.
Position the mouse roughly where you want the hidden button (usually a corner of the screen so the operator can find it easily). Right click, choose Add action and then Exit Fullscreen photobooth from the drop down list. Resize and position the red dotted action box as before.
Right click the mouse on an unused part of the screen and choose Exit from the list. You will be prompted to save your edited settings – select Yes to return to the touchscreen settings screen.
Add a password to stop guests using the hidden button. Save the changes you have made by choosing OK on the touchscreen Settings Screen:
When you leave this screen you will return to the Photobooth Settings screen. Press Save and save the changes you have made to …\PhotoboothImages\Menu\settings.xml as at (2) above.
You now have a menu offering a choice of print layouts. The final stage is to add a way for guests to return to the menu from each option screen. You need to add an exit button to each option.
Note 7: if you are using the predesigned sets of buttons (such as those provided with DSLR Remote Pro 3.8 and later releases) you may want to use one of these as your back button. They are usually kept in sub-directories at C:>Program Files(x86)>Breezesys>DSLR Remote Pro>wizard as shown here
Use an image editor to edit the ready.jpg image containing icons for the 2 print layouts. These should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard.
Use an image editor to edit the …\PhotoboothImages\1+3 \ready.jpg image. The final image should be the same size as the screens generated by the wizard. Replace the original ready.jpg screen in …\PhotoboothImages\1+3 with this image.
Start DSLR Remote Pro, choose Advanced Settings and select Load. To load the settings for your 1+3 layout; select …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml
Stay on the Photobooth Settings screen, select the Touchscreen Settings button and then Show/Edit touchscreen areas to display the Touchscreen Actions for the 1+3 ready screen:
Move the mouse to your new back icon and right click to add the action. Select Add Action as before, then Select Profile 10 from the drop down list. (Profile 10 is the menu profile we set up earlier.)
Exit and save your updated settings to …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml. Click OK to leave the touchscreen settings screen and return to Photobooth Settings. Press Save and update …\PhotoboothImages\1+3\settings.xml before hitting OK to return to the main screen.
Repeat the steps above for the second print layout. To load the settings for your single print layout; select …\PhotoboothImages\Single Photo\settings.xml and save them to the same directory and file when you finish.
Check that the booth operates as you expect for both options, returning to the main menu ready for the next guests.
Congratulations – you have learnt how to use one of the most important features of DSLR Remote Pro. You can use the same method to create other menus (and sub menus if you wish).
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