Once all approving parties—for example, clients, publicists, and art directors—have made their selections, it will be necessary to combine their Edits into one final Edit. This process does not modify the existing Edits, but creates a new Edit combining their select levels. To check for existing Edits, open the Project (or Collection), and open the Edits drop down menu.
In the example below, there are four Edits that can be combined: two from Messengers that were distributed by email, and two Edits completed by the user. Edits by other DF Studio users, if any, would also appear in this menu.
1. Click the plus sign next to the Edits menu (or use the “New Edit” button from the Project Inspector) to open the Create New Edit overlay.
2. Enter a name for the new Edit, and select the button next to “Combine selected edits” to reveal the available Edits for the Project.
3. Select two or more Edits to be combined. In this example, four available Edits can be combined into one.
4. Configure the settings under the “Combination Options” section.
The “Which images?” setting specifies which assets should be included: all of the assets from any of the source Edits, or only those assets which appear in all of the source Edits. (If the set of assets included in all of the source Edits is the same, both of the options will result in the same outcome.)
The “Which select levels?” setting determines the outcome when two Edits have different select levels for the same asset. In most cases, the default options work best, though “Give higher select levels precedence, except when killed” is very useful because it takes “kills” into account. Unselected assets are not treated the same as “kills.”
The union/intersection choices under “Which images?” in the Initial Selects section apply to all images included in the source Edit(s), regardless of their select level. To filter the resulting combined Edit by the select levels of the assets included, use the Include Images section, described in Step 5 below.
5. Specify which images to include in the combined Edit. In most cases, “All images” is the best option. It is also possible to restrict the combined Edit to only those images which (after combining Edits) result in a certain select level (or levels).
6. Click the button labeled “Create New Edit” to perform the combination and create the new Edit. The current view will refresh, with the new edit selected.
If there is a mistake in the creation of an Edit, the details of the Edit cannot be changed. It will be necessary to delete the Edit and create a new one. For information about deleting an Edit, see Delete or Rename an Edit.
Deleting an Edit does not remove assets or affect file storage in any way.