Finding and Placing Art on a Page

Using one of Pictavo's art collections is a great way to create a professional looking book even if you have little time or design experience.

Our Inspiration Guide is a good place to check out all our art collections. You can download a digital copy HERE.

There are several ways to locate art and use it on your page.

Using Albums

Open the Art panel.

Art is sorted into albums. For example, click on Backgrounds and then open the Library album to find backgrounds organized into albums titled to match our Art Collections.  You can scroll through the albums using the scroll wheel on your mouse or a multi-finger swipe on some touch devices.
Note: If you do not see the scroll bar, try moving your mouse over the right edge of the panel.  

To open an album, click or tap. Once an album is open, navigate by scrolling.

Drag and drop to place backgrounds on a page or to replace a background that is already placed.
Note: When you drag a background onto a page it is set behind everything else on the page and automatically set to the correct page dimensions. Dragging a new background replaces the old background.  

Using Search

Open the art panel and select the Search icon (magnifying glass) at the top of the art panel.  Here you can type the name of an Art Collection, the file name of a piece of art, or enter a key word like “basketball”.

For example, type Chevron and all the Chevron art is separated into the art categories displayed below.  

Easily identify a piece of art for reference or use later by marking it as a Favorite (heart icon).  

Find anything “favorited” in your Favorites album.  

Snippets are, basically, a mini-template that only takes up part of a page. They typically consist of a few design elements that make up an interesting headline or group of photo boxes that coordinate with an existing Art Collection.

Templates are either a single-page or two-page spread layout that’s been fully designed for you. Drag and drop a template onto a page (templates will always place themselves correctly) and use as is or as a starting point for the rest of your design.

If another template is dragged onto your page, a box will appear with the option to keep what’s on the page and layer the new template on top or start fresh and clear everything that was added prior to the new template you just dragged onto the page.  

Once a template or Snippet has been placed on a page, it is completely customizable. In the example shown, the user would like to change the headline area (top left part of layout).
Ungroup any elements that are grouped together, then select and delete them.

Search for a headline Snippet, drag and drop onto the page. Replace text with whatever you’d like. If no Snippets seem to fit the area that needs to be filled, create your own headline by choosing fonts and accents to build your own masterpiece!  

Select shapes, borders, and colorable art and change colors to match your book’s theme.  

Adjust the size and placement of an accent or two for your finishing touch.  

Want to be able to use this exact layout again? Save as a custom template to use later!