What are Accents?
Accents are pieces of art designed and sized with enhancing or "filling in" your pages in mind. Many of the Accents available in Pictavo's libraries are part of an Art Collection. This means they will be organized into folders named by Art Collection and will match with other pieces from the same collection. You can search by descriptive words or by art collection, depending on what you are looking for.
What can I use an Accent for?
An Accent is a piece of art best used to enhance a yearbook layout. Once portraits, candids and copy are on your pages, use Accents to do just that: accent your existing layout.
Once an Accent is placed on your page and selected (clicked on), the contextual menus that appear will be loaded with tools and options for your art.
These are the tools active in the EFFECTS palette (the magic wand menu):
- The COPY, CUT and PASTE icons are readily available on the main tool bar of your menu.
- If you'd like to lock the placement of your accent, use the LOCK icon.
- Use the CROP tool to resize your accent or its frame separately.
- Multi-select tool option for working on touch devices.
- Use the REMOVE PICTURE icon to delete only what's held within a photo box, not the photo box itself.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
ADJUSTMENTS PANEL and DROP SHADOW OPTIONS
Find even more tools in the PROPERTIES palette (the i in a circle menu) along with important information:
- See the exact size and position of your art.
- FLIP and/or ROTATE selection.
- You can also decrease the opacity (make it more see through) of your Accents by using the OPACITY SLIDER.
- Change where your accent falls in layer order using ARRANGEMENT.
- Find the file name and resolution of whatever is selected here.