Where is it in PI 6?





The first time you open PhotoImpact6, you look at it and scratch your head. Where are all the things that were familiar to you. Or if you never had a graphic's program, the first thing you have to do is get to know where everything is and what the names of all the tools are.
This tutorial is just to help you locate some the wonders of PhotoImpact. I don't claim to know everything in PI, but the basics. I won't cover every tab, but try to touch on all the basic ones. PI5 new users can benefit also, just a few changes from PI6.

Across the very top of PI is the Menu Bar. By clicking on each name, a list of options opens.
Starting at File.
The first word is new. This is where you click to open a new image. It has many options, with sizes already or custom.
Open, opens your hard drive to select an image.
Visual Open, let's you view all the files of the folder you choose, to open.
Open from Web, let's you type in an url and imports the whole page as a graphic, into PI. Is that neat or what.
Save,if your working on a UFO, this will save your changes to that file.
Save As,When creating your objects, click on this and from the dropdown list, find UFO file format. It will preserve your object when you open it again in PI. Also you can save here with many options.
Save For Web, After you dice an image, this is where you save as for HTML. All your diced images will go into a folder and the HTML page you will need to edit.
Preview in Browser, If you want to see how your image will display on a html page, this is a great way to preview it.
Down to preferences. This is where you go to import plug-ins for effects. Also to set which files PI will recognize to open and to save. Plus a host of other things.

Edit
Undo before, let's you undo mistakes or just something you didn't like. In preferences, under file, you can set undo to 99.
Copy, this is just what it says. If you want to copy an image, go to edit, copy.
Paste has more options, paste in the same image or even paste as a new image.
Duplicate also has more options.
Fill, opens a box that gives many options for filling with an image, textures, colors or gradients.
Fadeout is a wonderful effect.
Expand canvas, let's you enlarge your canvas.
Rotate and Flip, is a great tool for repositioning your images.
Stitch, Trace and Mask Mode need tuts all for them selves.

View
The Actual View will let you see in real time how large or small your image is.Sometimes when opening a large image it will be in a smaller form and look distorted. By seeing the actual view, you will know how much to resize your image.
If you view full screen, just hit your escape button on your computer to return to PI.

Format
Auto Process, edits pictures automatically, with brightness, contrast, color, and focus.
Style opens a whole array of options for editing your picture.
The next three, you have the options to choose editing.
Tone Map, also edits your pictures.
Down to Dimensions. This is where you edit the size of your graphics.

Selection
Most of these options are available when you right click over your image.
Expand-Shrink, only works while you have something in the selection mode, before it is an object.
Convert to Object, is while in the selection mode and you want it to be an object.
Preserve base is checked to keep your original picture.
Copy selection to Object Library, opens up a box to save your object in easy palette.

Object
Merge, let's you merge just a selected object while
Merge all, will make all layers merge.
Down to Select All Object, let's you have all the objects on that image selected at once.
Convert Object Type, is handy, many options here too.

Effects
Effects has so many built in filters from PI but also this is where all those plug-ins you import, will show up.

Web
Component Designer, is a PI exclusive feature. From banners, bullets, buttons, icons and separaters. All varied for great web designs.
Background Designer, let's you make tons of seamless backgrounds.
Button Designer, takes a flat surface and adds dimension to it.
Shift Image, let's you scroll a merged image to see if it is seamless.
Slicer, is for those big pictures you want to slice up and save as an html page too.
Trim Object, sometime objects get a huge white border around them, by clicking on this, it trims it down.
Image Optimizer, this is the best way to save your jpg's, gif's and png's.

Now that we ran across the Menu Bar, you have a summary of just some of the things PI can do. The next page is, Oh those darn tools! ( not finished yet)

For more information and simply the best tutorials for PI on line, you must visitStephanie's Photo Impact Site. She's not only my friend but The Photo Impact Guru of knowledge. You won't be sorry you did.
Also for a list of all Photo Impact's Resources, you must visitMaryLou's PIRC site. A wealth of PI information here.

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