Photographers use the Preveal iPad app to show clients what their images will look like on a generic wall or even in a room in their own home, which in turn helps them sell wall displays.
Preveal's new version 3 debuts the Preveal Community—a free template pool where you can upload your wall layouts to the cloud to share and download others' wall layouts.
The Preveal interface is pretty simple, which is a positive in apps. There are four main buttons: set room image, template groups, build template, and share. To set the room image, choose one of that button's three connected icons, which will allow you to add an existing image from gallery, select one from your Dropbox, or take a new photo.
If you select the Dropbox option, you will have to log in and complete an authentication and approval dialog. Once you're connected, you can access a folder located at Dropbox > Apps > Preveal, but you won't be able to browse your entire Dropbox. On your desktop (or device), you can place screen resolution image files into this folder, and then access them in Preveal. This same concept will also work in the next step where we add images to the wall display layouts.
Click on template groups and swipe left and right through the templates on your device (including any you create or download). The screenshot below shows a blank template viewed on a room image photo.
To add images to the layout, tap (single finger) on one of the canvas tiles. A dialog will pop up allowing you to select a gallery or Dropbox file. A two-finger drag and release will allow you to move the wall composite around on the room image.
A series of circular buttons below the template groups button show all your choices for templates: on your device, Bay Photo, single images, single image framed, your saved templates, Preveal Community, etc. The easiest thing to do is just click through these to get a feel for what each section contains (Bay Photo offers their standard grouping options).
If you want to create your own layout, you can build a template. Templates can include multiple canvas tiles, either plain or with frames and/or mats. Add as many canvas tiles as you want, and make them whatever size you want.
Finally, the share button. This allows you to share a screenshot via email, Facebook, twitter, or just to your camera roll (aka IOS gallery). Here's a screenshot of the share via email message that was created for me from within Preveal:
You can manage the templates from the home screen also. Here's the thumbnail view of twelve templates at a time.
I've enjoyed using Preveal, and once I got the hang of it, which took only a few minutes, I was could easily create multiple image layouts on the fly. I got a kick out of the visualization process, and I'm sure my clients would too. It definitely would be a great tool to move your clients from “How much is that” to “I need that.”
Preveal is available from the Apple App Store for $74.99 and comes with a 100-percent money back guarantee (that you will make enough to pay for the app in three sales). For more information visit getpreveal.com.