Get to Know Art

What is art? Backgrounds, Snippets, Accents and Templates. Basically, anything that Pictavo’s design team put together to help make your design process easier is what we call Art.

To access all of the art libraries, first click on the Art menu button.

In this menu, you'll see all the types of art available within Pictavo. First on the list: Backgrounds.

In the Background menu, you'll find a few things:

A: The Library contains everything that has been professionally designed by us and loaded to Pictavo for your use.
B: Anything that you design and upload into Pictavo, will be located in the User Upload album.
C: The Colorable album within the Backgrounds menu is a shortcut to all colorable backgrounds - the most flexible art we offer allowing you to apply any color to any colorable piece.
D: Favorites contains any backgrounds that you’ve selected as a favorite.

Now for Templates!

The Templates menu is very similar to the Backgrounds Menu.

A: Everything that has been designed by your team of Pictavo designers can be located in the Library.
B: User Created will contain the templates that have been designed and saved by you or your staff.
C: Snippets are a type of mini template that are great for swapping out sections of a template in order to fit your design needs better.
D: Any templates that you have "favorite-d" will be here, in the Favorites album..

Now that you're probably getting a feel for how we organize things, we'll just introduce you to the other areas of the Art menu:

A: Accents are pieces of art that Pictavo’s design team has built to complement your page designs.
B: Drop a basic, colorable shape onto your page to use as a design element.
C: Photo Boxes are, basically, just a shape that holds a photo. Your photo will be cropped into whatever shape the photo box you've selected is.
D: From the Colorable shortcut on the main Art level, you can access ALL colorable backgrounds and accents.
E: Again, since this is the main Art level, any art that you've added as a favorite will be placed in its respective album within the Favorites shortcut.

Now you know where to FIND art...what do you do with it? And what's this Inspiration Guide you've been looking at?

Take a look at your inspiration guide included in your kit. There is a ton of exciting (and inspiring!) information to pass along, so we filled pages with explanations, examples and tips! 

In the K-8 Inspiration Guide (view or download HERE), you'll find a brief explanation of laying out pages in Pictavo andget a peek at all art collections designed for pre-school through junior high.

The High School Inspiration Guide includes not only ideas for yearbook class discussions, art collections in use, but ALSO serves as a template and Snippet catalog. Find the High School Inspiration Guide HERE.

What is art? Where does it live? How do I use it? What's an Inspiration Guide? All of these questions (and more!) are answered in this 7-minute video!