All Collections
Start Guide
Step-by-Step Guide
HALO App Step 2: Create A Preset For Use On iPad
HALO App Step 2: Create A Preset For Use On iPad
Customize your booth for an in-person event or activation
Emily Devlin avatar
Written by Emily Devlin
Updated over a week ago

You can customize most settings in-app, but most people prefer to make adjustments online and let the settings automatically sync to the app (WiFi required).

The instructions below can be followed for online and in-app settings, however if you are using the in-app settings the panels we describe will be in a slightly different order!

1. Visit your preset settings

Online, find a preset tab in the top menu. In the HALO app, you'll see the list of presets when you first sign in or return to settings.

2. Create a preset

If you have an existing preset you want to customize, click or tap the title and skip ahead to step 3.

Use the blue "+" icon in the top right corner to get started. Then give your preset a unique title (participants won't see this) and choose to set up a physical booth.

You can always change the title later if you need!

Click or tap the Gallery button to continue.

3. Set up your gallery's basic settings

Pictures taken with your preset will be sent to the online gallery you pair it with.

Most people pair their preset with a brand new gallery. In certain circumstances, you may want to copy or re-use an existing gallery. We'll have you create a new gallery now, and you can learn more about the other options below.

Give your gallery a title (participants will see this!) and add a hashtag if you'd like. All the settings on this page can be adjusted again later, so we're going to cover them in Step 3, the next article.

Click "create" to save your gallery, and you'll be brought to your preset settings page.

4. Customize your settings

The preset page allows you to control the booth settings and picture customizations. Settings are separated into different panels as described below.

Get more information about each panel at the links beneath the headers.

Touchless Mode

Keep your event clean and healthy by enabling gesture controls on iPads running iOS 14 or later. Touchless mode will limit the availability of some features.

Photo Design

Basic Design

Use this panel to customize most aspects of how the pictures appear by default.

Choose a layout type (either motion-based or more traditional), filter effects, a crop type, add graphics like a logo, and more. A Chroma Key (green screen) panel is available further down the preset page.

Participants can make edits after capturing their photo(s) if you choose to allow it.


Scroll through our library of pre-made themes for an easier customization option. The themes will add an overlay to your photos and a matching start screen. Themes can only be found in-app at this time.

We include themes for most holidays as well as events like birthday parties and weddings!

App Colors and Backgrounds

All plans: Customize the color theme for the photo booth. This adjusts the font and background color throughout the experience. Use a hex code or our color picker.

Lite, Standard & Pro: Add a custom start and edit screen.

Camera & Countdown

This panel supports a few adjustments:

  • Toggle between the front and rear camera. The front camera is typically recommended.

  • The "get ready" prompt will show participants what layout you have selected so they know how many frames to pose for.

  • The count down and start delay seconds determine how long participants have to get ready for each frame.

Chroma Key

Transport participants anywhere by replacing the background of the pictures. Chroma Key requires a physical green or blue backdrop.

Special Event & Lite: Use one background per preset.

Standard: Use up to six backgrounds per preset, allowing participants to choose between the options.

Pro: Use unlimited backgrounds per preset, allowing participants to choose between the options.

Editing Tools

After taking their photos and before sharing, participants have an opportunity to make edits to their photos if you choose to enable any edit tools.

Allow them to change the layout type, adjust the filter, add digital props, and more. Customize each tool to make the options more restricted or relevant to your event or activation.

Data Capture

Available on Standard and Pro plans

Standard: Collect email address, phone number, first & last name, postal code, and date of birth. Add legal terms or a privacy policy.

Pro: Add custom fields.

Age Gate

Available on Pro plan

Ensure participants are of a certain age before using your booth.

Send Options

Decide how participants can send their picture to themselves. Custom messaging is available on certain plans.

Save Options

Photos will automatically sync to your Simple Booth account with an easy download option from your gallery settings pages.

Camera Roll and Dropbox are also available. In order to avoid saving in multiple locations and potentially slowing down your upload queue, we recommend disabling these unless you have a special use case.

You are ready to finish customizing your gallery

Did this answer your question?