The first step in building is selecting the photos you want to use. The upper left has a drive/folder tree. Simply pick the one that has your pictures in it and they'll be displayed in a preview pane on the right. From there it's just a matter of double clicking on or dragging the images you want to the bottom pane.
If you're not sure if a photo is high enough quality to be used at a certain size, the software will warn you when you're placing them. The company's site has details on what will work best, though, and the help system in the software is excellent.
Step two is to start laying out where you want your photos. A bar at the very top lets you toggle between the photos you're using and the default page layout. Pages can be moved around, changed to a different number of photos or text boxes, or deleted altogether.
Adding photos to the book is, again, just a matter of dragging it to the page and location you want it on. If you don't like something about the picture, clicking on it will bring up a toolbar of basic options for editing on the fly.
If you want more room to work on a photo, there's an Enhance button in the toolbar below the workspace. The tools are basic, but it means you won't have to go out to another application to rotate or crop an image, for example.
There are two toolbars at the bottom: one for editing and the other for navigating to the different steps of your project. Plus, there are icons for getting instant live assistance from a company rep and getting a quote on what your project will cost you.
To add text you just click in a text box and the application zooms in so you can easily see what you're typing. All of the fonts on your computer are available for use. However, some fonts might not work well in the final product, in which case the software will switch your selection to Arial.