All About Accents

What are Accents?

Accents are pieces of art used to enhance or "fill in" your pages. Many of the Accents available in Pictavo's libraries are part of an Art Collection. Once portraits, candid photos and copy are on your pages, use Accents to do just that: accent your existing layout. 

Open the Art panel and click on Accents

Click on the Accents Library; all accents are organized into Art Collection folders. 

You can Search by descriptive words or by art collection. 

Drag and drop an accent to place it on your page. 

Select the accent and the contextual menu opens. Some tools are available no matter what portion of the menu is in view:

  1. The COPY, CUTand PASTE icons are readily available on the main tool bar of your menu.
  2. If you'd like to lock the placement of your accent, use the LOCK icon. 
  3. Use the CROP tool to resize your accent or its frame separately. 
  4. Multi-select tool option for working on touch devices. 
  5. Use the REMOVE PICTURE icon to delete only what's held within a photo box, not the photo box itself. 
  6. Use the DELETE icon to remove the accent from the page. 

In the EFFECTS menu (the magic wand):

  1. COLORIZE the accent, when applicable. In this case, the bat had a color wheel indicating it is colorable and the color was changed as shown below. 
  2. Add a BORDER to your Accent – keep in mind the border will ONLY BE AROUND THE BOX your Accent is held in. The border does NOT follow the outline of the Accent. 
  3. Visit the ADJUSTMENTS area to change the brightness or contrast of your Accent. This is also where you can change the color mode to Black & White or Sepia. (see additional image below)
  4. Add a DROP SHADOW by simply checking this box. Want to customize? Change the color, distance and blur of your drop shadow by using the tools below. (see additional image below)


More tools are available in the PROPERTIES menu (the info menu):

  1. See the exact SIZE and POSITION of the accent. 
  2. FLIP and/or ROTATE the accent clockwise, counter-clockwise, or enter a specific degree of rotation. 
  3. Adjust the opacity (make it more see-through) by using the OPACITY slider. 
  4. Change where your accent falls in layer order using ARRANGEMENT
  5. Important information about this accent appears at the bottom of this menu: the file name, resolution, and the page(s) it appears on.