Tiled Background Settings Dialog


This dialog lets you set an image from your computer as a tiled label background and control a variety of settings for how the image gets tiled. Here's what all the controls do:

Real-Time Preview:  If you check this box, any changes you make will display on the label immediately, so you can see how well they work. If you uncheck it, you won't be able to see your changes until you click the OK button to exit the dialog.

150 DPI: This option will tile the image at 150 dots per inch. It's the default option for bitmap-based images. (For vector-based images, such as WMF files, dots per inch effectively has no meaning, so you'll have to set custom rows and columns.) If you tile at resolutions lower than 150 DPI, there's a good chance the image could begin to look grainy or distorted when you print it. 

300 DPI: This option will tile the image at 300 dots per inch.

Custom DPI: This option will let you tile the image at the dots-per-inch resolution of your choice.

Custom Rows/Columns: This option will let you choose your tiling resolution in rows & columns instead of dots per inch.

Keep Aspect Ratio: This option only applies to the Custom Rows/Columns tiling mode. If it's checked, the image will always maintain its original aspect ratio, so if you change the number of rows, the number of columns will automatically change to keep the aspect ratio constant, and vice versa. If you uncheck this option, you can set both rows and columns precisely, but if you change the aspect ratio, the image could appear stretched or squished.

Cropping Controls: The cropping options let you crop the image so that portions of it don't get displayed. The cropping amounts you specify in these controls are measured in pixels. The default is 0 pixels (no cropping at all). 

Justification:  These options let you control horizontal and vertical justification for your image. You can align your image to the left or right edges of your label, or center it. You can align it vertically to the top or bottom edge of the label, or make it centered vertically on the label.

Blend Edges: This option will blend the edges of the image together so that there's not a visible seam between the tiles. This option generally works best on images that don't have sharply defined contours or objects on them - a photograph of clouds, for instance, would be a good candidate for the blend-edges effect. If you're not sure whether or not it will work for your image, go ahead and check the box and see. It takes almost no effort, after all - you'll consume less than half a calorie, in our judgment - to uncheck the box again if it doesn't look good.


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