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Working with Images

In Labels & Addresses, you can use the images supplied with the program (clipart), import an image from a graphic file, use pictures from your iPhoto, Photos or Aperture library, or use images from the Internet.

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

Source Clipart

To access images, use the Source panel. To open the built-in clipart, choose the Clipart tab (2 in the picture). In the Pictures tab (1), use the pop-up menu (3) to choose an album or event in iPhoto or Photos, or Aperture project, or open Custom Folder to import images from a folder of your choice.


Adding an Image in the Document

To insert an image supplied with the program:

  1. Open the Clipart tab in the Source panel (Window > Clipart > Clipart Collection).

  2. Select an image category in the pop-up menu.

  3. Click on an image thumbnail or drag it with the mouse onto the document.


To insert an image from the iPhoto, Photos or Aperture library:

  1. Open the Pictures tab (1) in the Source panel (Window > Import > iPhoto, Window > Import > Photos or Window > Import > Aperture). Choose an album or event in the pop-up menu.

  2. The thumbnails of your photos will be displayed in the Source panel.

  3. Drag images onto the document.


To insert an image from a file on the disk:

  1. Open the Pictures tab (1) 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.

To insert an image from a file on the hard disk, choose Insert > Image > From File in the menu bar. Or drag an image from a folder onto your document.


To find images on the Internet, use the Insert > Image > Search on the Internet… command.


Inserting Art Text Images

An Art Text object is an image inserted from the Art Text application. Labels & Addresses uses Link Back technology that allows sending an image back into Art Text to modify it.
An Art Text object can contain text, logo or other graphic content.

For more information, see Using Art Text.


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, Labels & Addresses 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. See Using Image Generators for more information.


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.


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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