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If I pull a full directory of jpgs into the creator then remove several before hitting Go, the preview thumbnail of the resulting synth sometimes is one of the photos I removed before creating. This can result in a thumbnail that has nothing to do with the content of the created synth.
By default the thumbnail for the synth is from the very first photo that you put into the synther. This is not changed when you remove photos, however it can be changed at any time before starting a synth by highlighting a photo in the synther and pressing the button that says something like 'Use selected photo'.
You can actually use the fact that you can use a photo not in the synth for it's thumbnail as a tool for maximum artistic control, if you use your imagination.
Thanks for the quick response; I'll look for the option to change it.
I suppose I can see how it might be useful, but perhaps some way could be found to make it more intuitive? I found it really surprising when it used a photo I had specifically asked to be removed and which did not appear to be associated with the synth in any other way.
Yeah, unfortunately there's no way to change the thumbnail after you've uploaded... only before you click the [Synth] button in the synther.
I was replying from an iPhone before so was a bit vague about exactly where the button is, but it's in the upper left hand corner of the 'Create Synth' window, directly below the title field and it is labeled [Use Selected Photo].
I could definitely make a case for updating the thumbnail to the first photo in the synther's photo tray every time photos were removed unless the user had explicitly chosen a specific image for the thumbnail, though. I hear where you're coming from.
Now that you point it out, I see the button and understand what's going on. I guess in my hurry to play with the toys I blew right by noticing what it had picked for a thumbnail. Being a left-to-right and top-to-bottom kind of guy, I likely did not scan back to the top left to notice what thumbnail was displayed when my attention was drawn down the list of options and then across to the Synth button. Since the thumbnail is derived from the file list it would be more intuitive if the thumbnail and select button were to the right of or below the file list, but I also understand the concept of "limited real estate". :-)
Ideally the site could just allow us to edit the thumbnail after upload but there are many other features that I'd like to see built before taking time for this.
Your criticism is fair, though, so hopefully the behavior gets tweaked in the future.
Having a thumbnail that is not one of your images is a feature. It's nice to have since there is no way to select the exact crop used for the square thumbnail - gives the creator a bit more control. Making the thumbnail editable after upload and allowing you to choose the crop are both features we have in our to do list.