Want to learn all about photo editing? This article will walk you through adding, replacing, editing, and removing photos in your Family History Project.

We accept JPG and PNG files. We recommend file sizes between 2-5 MB and a resolution of 150+ PPI for the best results.

Video tutorials are available at the end of the article.

GETTING STARTED!

First, create a new project, or open the project you'd like to edit.

If you're working on a book or calendar, click on the page you wish to edit to enter edit mode.

The "Edit" tab below the book pages will also take you to the editor.

You'll have edit access immediately if you're working on a poster.

REPLACING A PHOTO WITH PHOTOS FROM ANCESTRY

1. Select the image you want to replace on the page. You'll see a blue box around it.

2. Select the "Ancestry" tab in the left toolbar.

3. Find the photo or record you want to add and click it to insert your new image into the selected placeholder.

If you want to search for a specific person's records and photos, use the "Select Person" button to search Ancestry records and photos for an individual.

REPLACING A PHOTO USING PHOTOS FROM YOUR COMPUTER

1. Select the image you want to replace on the page. You'll see a blue box around it.

2. Select the "Photos" tab in the left toolbar.

3. Find the photo you want to add and click it to insert your new image into the selected placeholder.

If you want to upload a new image, click the "Upload Photo" button and select browse files to upload images from your device. Select the image from your files, and click "Open" to begin the upload.

Once you've uploaded the photo, select the image you want to replace on your project page and click the "Photos" tab in the left toolbar.

Then click on the new photo you want to add. It will automatically insert to the selected placeholder.

Once you've uploaded an image, you must go to your photo library to select and add the uploaded image to the project. If you don't add the image before exiting the project, it will disappear from your uploads.

ADDING PHOTOS WITHOUT SELECTING A PLACEHOLDER

If you want to add a new image for which there is no placeholder, find the photo you'd like to add by selecting the ancestry or the photos tab. Click on the image you want to add, and it will automatically populate on your project. It will settle at a larger size, but you can easily crop, resize, and move the image around.

HOW TO CROP THE PHOTO

1. Click on the photo you want to crop. You'll see a blue box with white squares around the image.
2. Select the "Crop" button from the top white toolbar. A crop tool will appear around the photograph, and the rest of the project will be temporarily greyed out.
3. Position the cursor over the top of one of the white squares until it turns into a double-sided arrow.
4. Hold the left-click button on your mouse and drag it in to crop the photo.
5. Select "Done" from the top white toolbar to save your edits.

HOW TO REPOSITION THE PHOTO IN THE PLACEHOLDER

1. Click on the photo you want to edit. You'll see a blue box with white squares around the image.

2. Select the "Crop" button from the top white toolbar.

A crop tool will appear around the photograph, and the rest of the project will be temporarily greyed out.

3. Position the cursor over the top of the picture and Hold the left-click button on your mouse.

4. While holding the left click button, drag the mouse to move and position the image.

5. Select "Done" from the top white toolbar to save your edits.

HOW TO RESIZE THE PHOTO

1. Click on the photo you want to resize. You'll see a blue box with white squares around the photo.
2. Position the cursor over the top of one of the white squares until it turns into a double-sided arrow.
3. Hold the left-click button on your mouse and drag in or out to increase or decrease the photo size.

HOW TO ROTATE THE PHOTO

1. Click on the photo you want to rotate. You'll see a blue box with white squares around the photo.
2. Position the cursor over the top of the square above the photo until it becomes a plus sign.
3. Hold the left-click button on your mouse and drag counterclockwise or clockwise to rotate the photo.

HOW TO REPOSITION THE PHOTO

1. To reposition or move a photo, click on the photo you want to move. You'll see a blue box around the photo.
2. While holding the left-click button on your mouse, drag the photo to move and reposition it. Blue dotted lines appear to help you align with other elements placed on your project. You can use these as a guide to making sure everything lines up.

If you'd prefer, you can also move a photo around by selecting it and then using your keyboard's arrow keys. This is great for smaller movements.

ADDING A BORDER AROUND THE PHOTO

Select the image and click the border button in the top white toolbar to add a border around the photo. You may increase or decrease thickness or change the color. To altogether remove it, change the thickness to zero.

You may also round photos in your project. Click on the image you'd like to round. Resize and reposition the photo as needed, then click the "Rounded" button in the top white toolbar.

HOW TO DELETE THE PHOTO

1. Click on the photo you want to remove. You'll see a blue box around the photo you'll be deleting.
2. Click the trash can icon in the top white toolbar, or hit the delete button on your keyboard.

If you accidentally delete something, you may use the 'Undo' button in the top white toolbar immediately after deleting. It will bring the element back to your project. Be sure to undo instantly, as once you've moved on to something else, you can't undo anymore.

CUSTOMIZING THE PAGE BACKGROUND WITH A PHOTO

While in the page editor, hover over the photo you want to set as the background. You'll see a grid of dots in the upper right corner of the image. Click on those dots to fix it as the background.

If at any point you would like to go back to the default design, it is the first background in the backgrounds category.

When editing your Family History Book, you'll see a pink border around each page. If you hover your mouse over the border, you'll see the message, "Items in the shaded area may be cut off."

You can add text, photos, and embellishments to the edges of the page, but please note that anything in the shaded area may get cut off in production or fall into the bookbinding. We print ordered projects as you've created them, so please be sure to check for typos, correctness, and layout.

Here's more information on the bleed zone.

Videos:

Photo Editing: Replace or Add a Photo to a Family History Project

Photo Editing: Resize, Crop, Edit, or Delete Photos in a Family History Project

Check out these articles next:

Editing the Text in Your Family History Project

How to Customize Your Family History Project with Embellishments

How to Change the Background of a Page in the Family History Books and Calendars

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