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Calibrate StyleShoots regularly to ensure that it gives you the best results possible. StyleShoots can automatically calibrate white balance and backlight intensity. You should calibrate the system whenever the surrounding light conditions change.
- Place the gray card within the centrally marked area.
Vertical only: Place the gray card on the fixture extender to get it centered.
- Tap calibrate and stay clear of the table.
Remove the gray card from the table. Make sure the backlight is completely cleared of any objects.
Vertical only: Undock the Caddy so nothing is covering the backlight.
Tap I've cleared the backlight completely if you indeed have.
When calibration is done, you can continue working.
With Auto Naming enabled, StyleShoots automatically picks a name for your photos and skips the Name screen entirely and immediately returns you to Live View when you've taken a photo.
- To turn Auto Naming on or off, tap the toggle-switch.
With Auto Naming enabled, you can photograph as fast as you can put the products on the table.
Tip: You can always change the auto-generated names later by going to Photos, tapping the image and tapping Edit. So you can use Auto Naming to quickly photograph a batch of products, and then deal with the naming later.
With Auto Export enabled, StyleShoots automatically exports your photos as soon as they are taken. You trade in the ability to review your photos from the Photos screen, but you gain speed in workflow.
- To turn Auto Export on or off, tap the toggle-switch.
- Select a target volume.
- Choose an existing folder or create a new one. TIP: You can make two folder levels by using /, for example: summer/shorts
- Tap Save. Once activated, any pending photos in the Photos screen will automatically be exported.
Whenever you have taken a photo and tap Export, the processed files will automatically be saved to your predefined destination.
If the predefined storage destination becomes unavailable or full, Auto Export is automatically disabled, and your files will be kept in the Photos screen, where you can export them manually. You can always go back to Settings and re-enable Auto Export once you have ensured a usable destination is available.
Overlays can help you keep your styling consistent.
If you’re shooting several pairs of jeans, you can use a photo of the first pair as a reference to be displayed on top of your Live View. When you arrange the following pairs, you can position them all in the exact same way.
Categories are a helpful sorting tool when you take multiple photos of the same product. The category will be saved as part of the file name, making it easy to identify later.
- To turn Categories on or off, tap on the switch.
If you turn Categories off, the Category field will not show up in the Name screen.
In the updates section you can install pending software updates, see your system version and review what each new update included.
Pending updates are brought to your attention by a red badge on Settings in the Photos screen, and on the Updates button itself.
- Tap Updates to view pending updates.
- Tap each update to view it's contents and to install it.
If the update is for the Core inside StyleShoots, the system will become unavailable for a moment while they system restarts.
If the update is for the iPad app itself, you will be taken to the App Store to enable the download from there.
StyleShoots comes with a number of predefined Export Presets. These cannot be deleted.
You can add an infinite number of custom Export Presets. These can be edited or deleted again as needed.
If you have chosen JPG as your preset format, you can select the compression quality of your images. The scale goes from 1 to 10 where 10 is best quality and largest file size. JPG uses lossy compression, meaning the files size can get extremely small, but at the expense of quality. Quality setting 8 is a good compromise between quality and file size.
If you have selected PNG as your file type, the quality is always going to be maximum. PNG uses lossless compression, meaning your files are as small as possible without throwing away any information.
For your background, you can select a color, apply an image from your stored background files, or leave it Transparent.
For a color background:
- Tap Color.
- Drag the sliders to set a custom solid color.
- Tap the numbers to directly type an RGB value.
For an image background:
- Tap Image.
- Select a photo by tapping the thumbnail.
Make sure you select an image that has at least the same dimensions as your preset. If the image is not as large as the preset, it won't fill up the whole background of the exported file.
For a transparent background:
- Tap Transparent to keep the alpha transparent background of your photo.
Only PNG supports alpha transparency. If you have chosen a JPG format for your preset, you will not be able to select a transparent background.