Stuff You Can Do WIth Clip Art


When you see a clip art image in Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker, you will be looking either at a hopeful thumbnail under the Art Search or Art Browse tabs, or a proud, happy clip art image that you have added to one of your labels. The actions you can take differ depending on which of these two situations you're facing.  We'll start with:

Stuff You Can Do with a Clip Art Thumbnail in the Art Search or Art Browse Tabs

* You can drag your mouse cursor over it and just let it sit there. This will cause a tooltip to pop up and tell you the clip art image's name, folder location, size, and date and time when it was last modified.

* You can left-click on it and drag it onto your label. 

* You can double-click it. This will make it your label's background image.

* You can right-click it, which will pop up a menu with these options:

Set as Background: this will bring up a submenu with these options:

1. Centered (overlap): make the selected clip art image your background image, and center it on the label. This will cover the entire label with the selected image while preserving the image's aspect ratio. If the image's aspect ratio differs from the label's aspect ratio, a portion of the image will get clipped.

2. Centered (underlap): Like the centered overlap option, except that if the image and label aspect ratios are different, the image will underlap the label instead of overlapping (cropping) it. This means that if the image & label aspect ratios aren't the same, a portion of the label won't be covered by the background image.

3. Stretched: make the selected clip art image your background image, and stretch it to cover the entire label. This will make the selected image cover the label exactly, but it could change the image's aspect ratio. If the image's aspect ratio is dramatically different from the label's aspect ratio, this option could make the image appear stretched or scrunched.

4. Tiled: make the selected clip art image your background image, but instead of stretching it, tile it to cover the label. 

Add to Label: add a copy of the clip art image to your label's foreground. This has the same effect as clicking on a clip art thumbnail and dragging it onto a label.

Show Full Size: pop up a window that displays the selected clip art image at its actual size. You can't edit the image or take any other useful actions with this window. It's just there so you can take a closer look at it.

Set as Wallpaper: Lets you set the selected clip art image as your Windows desktop wallpaper. It has nothing to do with creating labels. It pops up a submenu with these four options:

1. Tiled: Sets the clip art image as tiled wallpaper.

2. Centered: Sets the clip art image as centered wallpaper.

3. Stretched: Sets the clip art image as stretched wallpaper.

4. Stretched without Changing Aspect Ratio: Sets the clip art image as stretched wallpaper without changing the image's aspect ratio. This means that the image won't get funhouse mirrorified if it's not the same aspect ratio as your Windows desktop, but it may leave a blank vertical or horizontal band on the desktop.

If you try to set as your Windows wallpaper an image of a type that Windows can't automatically set as wallpaper, or it needs to be stretched in some way that Windows can't handle automatically, the program will save the image in the correct size and format as a file called wallpaper.bmp in your My Documents folder and tell Windows to set this new file as your wallpaper.

Remove from list: Removes the selected clip art image from the thumbnails list. It doesn't delete or modify the actual clip art image's file in any way.

Rename file: Lets you change the clip art image's file name. This will affect any other programs that expect to find the image under its old file name.

Delete file: Deletes the actual clip art image file. Use this option with caution!


Stuff You Can Do to a Clip Art Image That You've Added to a Label:

(We're assuming you didn't add your clip art image to a label as the label background. If that's what you've done, check out Editing Background Images in the Backgrounds section instead.)

You can click on it. This will "select" it, so that you can move or resize it. Once you've selected a clip art image, you can:

Move it. Do this by left-clicking on the image or its title bar, dragging it to where you want it, and releasing the mouse button.

Resize it.  Do this by clicking on one of the red resize squares located around the image's border, dragging to whatever size you want, and releasing the mouse button.

 

Click on one of its toolbar buttons: When you click on a clip art image and select it, a toolbar will appear underneath it. (You can hide or show the toolbar by clicking the little "T" button on the image's title bar.) The toolbar has buttons that let you move the image to the front or back of all the other objects you've put on your label, or rotate it 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise.

Right-click it: This will pop up a menu with these options:

Bring to Front: Display the image on top of all other objects you've added to your label.

Send to Back: Display the image behind all other objects you've added to your label except the background image.

Rotate/Flip Image: Pops up a submenu with these five options:

1. 90 degrees clockwise: Rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise.

2. 90 degrees counterclockwise: Rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise.

3. 180 degrees: Rotate the image 180 degrees.

4. Flip Vertical: Flip the image vertically.

5. Flip Horizontal: Flip the image horizontally (make a mirror image of it). 

Edit Image: Pops up a submenu with these four options:

1. Convert to Black & White: Technically, we should describe this as "convert to grayscale." 

2. Invert (make a negative): Reverse the color of every pixel in the background image (if this doesn't make sense to you, just try it).

3. Make Brighter: Make the image a little bit brighter.

4. Make Darker: Make the image a little bit darker.

Reload: Reloads the image from its original file, discarding any edits you may have done to it.

Top-left pixel is transparent color: If you've checked this option, Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker will treat the color in the image's top left pixel as the "transparent" color. Any pixels in the image with this color will be transparent. Lots of clip art images are designed to be displayed with a transparent background; this option lets you do so. Note: this setting usually has little effect on JPEG files, because the JPEG compression algorithm will change background pixels to colors that are similar to, but not quite the same as, the designated transparent color.

Remove: Removes the image from the label.

Cut Image: Removes the image from the label, but puts it on the clipboard, so you can paste it back onto the label, or onto any other label, if you wish.

Copy Image: Copies the image to the clipboard without removing it from the label.

Maintain aspect ratio: If you've checked this option, you can resize the image without getting the dreaded funhouse mirror effect. If you uncheck it, you can streeeetch or scrunch the image as much as you like.

Hide/Show Toolbar: Hides or shows the little image toolbar that normally displays just underneath the image whenever you select the image.

Any of these changes that you make to a clip art image will change the way Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker displays the image, but will not affect the clip art image's original file in any way.

If you apply any of these changes to an image and decide you don't like them, you can click the "Undo" button to retract them.

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