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Working with Images

Business Card Composer lets you use images from different sources in your documents.

Some operations common for different objects are described in Basic Operations on Objects.

On how to import and insert images automatically see Automated Image Importing and Insertion.


Adding Images

To add an image from the clipart:

  1. Open the Clipart tab of the Source panel.
  2. Select an image category from the drop-down list.
  3. Drag and drop an image onto the document.

To insert an image from iPhoto, Photos or Aperture:

  1. Open the Import tab of the Source panel.
  2. Select iPhoto, Photos or Aperture from the drop-down list.
  3. Drag and drop an image onto the document.

To insert an image from a file on the disk:

  1. Open the Import tab of the Source panel.
  2. Select Custom Folder from the drop-down list and select a folder containing images. To access images from subfolders, select the Get Images from Subfolders check box. Click Choose.
  3. Drag and drop an image onto the document.

Another way to add an image is to drag a graphic file from Finder and drop it onto the canvas.

To search and download an image from the Internet:

  1. Open the Clipart tab of the Source panel.
  2. In the search box, click on the magnifying glass icon and chose Internet.
  3. Type a keyword and hit the Return key.
  4. Drag and drop an image onto the document.


Generating images

The built-in image generator can be used to create images for backgrounds.

If the Image Tricks program is installed on your computer, Business Card Composer uses its generator plug-in to create images.

To generate and insert an image, choose Insert > Random Image in the menu. An alternative way to open the image generator is to click the Generate… button in the Image tab of the Inspector.

The built-in generator inserts a new image immediately. The Image Tricks plug-in lets you choose one of multiple generators and adjust its parameters.


Replacing One Image with Another

You can replace an image in your document with a new one from the Source panel so that the new image will take up exactly same amount of space as the existing image and the card layout will not be changed. To replace an image, select an image on your card and drag a new image over the selected one. A blue frame appears around the selected image indicating that you can drop a new image inside. If the old and new images have a different side proportion, the new one will be stretched to fit the size of the old image. This way works well for the background graphics.

To replace an image so that a new one retains its original aspect ratio, select the old image and then click on a new image in the clipart panel.


Image Properties in the Inspector

Image properties are located in the Fill & Shadow and Image tabs in the Inspector. The Fill & Shadow tab is described in the Basic Operations on Objects section. Tools in the Image tab (Window > Inspector > Image) are described here.


1 – Tint image.

2 – Mask image. This tool lets you apply a mask to the selected image. You can select a mask from the mask library or choose an image from clipart or graphic file on your disk.

3 – Library of masks. Click on the mask thumbnail to select it.

4 – Custom mask tool. To apply a custom mask, drag and drop an image from the Source panel or from Finder into the drop box, or click the Browse button and select a graphic file.

5 – Image opacity.

6 – Tile image tool. It changes the image size retaining the original image bound size.

7 – Image editing tool. When you click the Edit button, the selected image opens in the Image Tricks plug-in window where you can apply Core Image filters or crop the image.

8 – Image generator.

9 – Merge Image tool. It lets you select an image source and automatically import images and place a different one on each card during the printing process.

Cropping Images

To crop an image, right-click on it and select Crop in the pop-up menu. The handles on the image frame will turn red indicating that the crop mode is activated. Drag a handle on the side that you want to crop. To quit the crop mode, click outside of the image.

While the crop mode is activated, you can move the image inside its selection frame using the mouse.


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