§ 11 - Common Tasks

One thing that can be confusing if you've been experimentally clicking on the Areatools is that fill and/or open figure and/or outline modifiers may not be in their default states. If so, making an area selection may not do at all what you might expect. For typical selection operations, the fill modifier should be selected, while the open figure and outline modifiers should not be selected. Make sure they look like this:


open

fill

outline

§ 11.1 - Editing Small Regions in Oddly-Shaped Images

If you have a very wide or very tall image, particularly on lower-resolution displays, enlarging its view will also make the view larger along the longer axis; this can make it difficult to edit small regions when you run out of display space. Two editing approaches can be taken to address this:

  1. If there is enough room, use the magnify tool to zoom in within the available window space and then edit normally, or...
    1. Crop the region out using the rectangle tool,
    2. Edit it in its own view as required,
    3. Restore it to the original crop point using  Commands/Restore Crop to Origin 
See also:Crop operator

§ 11.2 - Cropping Images

  1. Load, paste, or drag in the image from the filesystem, or use an already loaded image
    • If more than one image is loaded, click on the titlebar of the one you want to work with
  2. Select the rectangle tool in the Areatools with a click. It looks like this:
  3. Select the  Operators/Compose/Crop  operator from the menus
  4. Pull a rectangle around the area you want while holding pressed
    • You can can reposition the rectangle while doing this by also pressing the button
  5. Let go of the mouse buttons (release the right one first, if pressed) when you are satisfied with the rectangle selection
See also:Crop operator

§ 11.3 - Changing an Image's Size

  1. Load, paste, or drag in the image from the filesystem, or use an already loaded image
    • If more than one image is loaded, click on the titlebar of the one you want to work with
  2. Select the  Commands/Enlarge / Reduce  menu item
  3. Fill in the new size
  4. click on OK
See also:The Enlarge / Reduce dialog

§ 11.4 - Adding Text to Images

Tip: Selection guides and aspect indicators for both the rectangle and ellipse tools can be set in the Crop operator, and in the Preferences dialog, you can choose to use, or not use, guides with  Rects always use guides and/or  Ovals always use guides
  1. click the text tool in the Areatools
  2. Select your font
  3. Enter your text
  4. Usually, you want both colors to be the same
  5. Usually, generating at 100 points is best
  6. OK (the text is now the origin image)
  7. Load, paste, or drag in the image you want to apply the text to from the filesystem, or use an already loaded image
    • If more than one image is loaded, click on the titlebar of the one you want to apply the text to
  8. Select  Operators/Compose/Merge 
  9. Select the rectangle tool in the Areatools with a click
  10. Using the button, drag out a rectangle:
    • You can can reposition the rectangle while doing this by also pressing the button
    • Observe the guides: they tell you if you are stretching the text
    • Observe the color of the selection:
      • Red: the selection is smaller than the generated text
      • Green: the selection is exactly the size of the generated text
      • Yellow: the selection is larger than the generated text
  11. Let go of the mouse buttons (release the right one first, if pressed) when you have the region where you want it
See also:Text dialog, Merge operator, Crop operator, action images, origin images

§ 11.5 - Adjusting DSLR Images

  1. Load, paste, or drag in the DSLR image from the filesystem, or use an already loaded image
    • If more than one image is loaded, click on the titlebar of the one you want to work with
  2. Apply  Commands/Enlarge / Reduce  if desired (smaller images process faster)
  3. Apply  Operators/Filter/Sharpen  as needed
  4. Apply  Operators/Adjustment/Gain  or  Adjustment/Gamma  as needed
  5. Apply  Operators/Adjustment/Curves  as needed
  6. Apply  Operators/Adjustment/White Balance  as needed
  7. Apply  Operators/Adjustment/Saturation  as needed
See also:Enlarge / Reduce dialog, Sharpen operator, Gain operator, Gamma operator, Curves operator, White Balance operator, Saturation operator, and the entire image areatool.
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