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  1. Basics
  2. Examples
    1. Copy, Cut and Paste
    2. Importing and Cropping Photos to create a collage
    3. Export the image in the SELECT BOX - email, icon library and Facebook

Basics

Use the SELECT MODE to select an area of the screen which you intend to duplicate or move. The selected area can then be copied into the SELECT BOX using one of the COPY, CUT or CROP buttons.

Use the COPY button to duplicate the selected area. To move the selected area, use the CUT button. The CROP button lets you copy the selected area into the SELECT BOX and then clear the image from which it was taken. See below for examples of these operations.

The copied image in the SELECT BOX may then be re-sized, rotated and/or re-positioned before pasted back to the screen image.

Tap the SELECT MODE button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR.

The SELECT TOOLBAR (2) appears, as well as the SELECT BOX (3). The SELECT BOX is used to 'pick up' areas of the screen and either copy it or move it elsewhere.

The SELECT BOX (and its image content) may also be re-sized by dragging the ARROWHEAD HANDLES (4) or MOVED by dragging the DOT HANDLES (5). You can also move the SELECT BOX by dragging the box itself.

If the SELECT BOX has an image, additional SPIN handles (1) are available to spin or rotate the image in the SELECT BOX.

For fine control, use the buttons in (2) to rotate in single degree steps either clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.


Examples

a. Copy, Cut and Paste

Start with an image on the screen (1).

The SELECT MODE lets you select an area of the image and copy or move that area into the SELECT BOX.

Tap the SELECT button (1) on the MAIN TOOLBAR.

Drag and resize the SELECT BOX (2) over the area to be copied and tap the COPY button (3).

A copy of the selected area is placed in the SELECT BOX. Drag the SELECT BOX to position the SELECT BOX in the desired location.

Tap the PASTE buton (1) when ready.

The image in the SELECT BOX is pasted (2) on to the screen image.

Note that the SELECT BOX is not automatically cleared (3) as you may re-use it elsewhere.

Tap the CLEAR button on the SELECT TOOLBAR to clear the SELECT BOX.

The copy in the SELECT BOX may be rotated using the SPIN HANDLES (1) or in steps using the ROTATE buttons (2) on the SELECT TOOLBAR.

If you had used the CUT button (1) instead of COPY, the original selected area of the screen is cleared (2).

Use CUT to move areas of the screen, rather than copy.

Use CUT also to clear large areas of the screen (Select the area, tap CUT and then CLEAR), instead of using the erase tool (in DRAW MODE).

If you had chosen the CROP button (1) after selecting an area, a pop up appears (2) where you can elect to "CROP AND CLEAR", or "CROP AND RESTORE".

If you select the "CROP AND CLEAR" option, the screen will be cleared and the selection placed in the SELECT BOX (1) which you can then re-size, rotate and/or re-locate before pasting.

REMEMBER TO PASTE the cropped selection back to the screen.

"CROP AND RESTORE" restores the last screen. This lets you paste in an image temporarily so that you can select and copy an area from that image, and subsequently remove it.

Select the "CROP AND UNDO LAST PASTE" if you wish to add the selected area to your work, say to build up a collage (see example below).


Importing and Cropping Photos to create a collage

Tap the IMAGES button (1) on the main toolbar.

A popover (2) appears which you can use to select a photo from the iPad album or camera roll. After selecting a photo, you will be prompted whether to open the selected photo to fit the screen (3) or opened as a resizable image

Select "Fit Screen" if you wish to crop the photo and only use a section of the photo in your screen image. The photo will be initially be pasted to fit the screen and you can make a selection in SELECT MODE and crop the area you require.

Select "Resizable image" if you wish to re-size, rotate and/or re-position the photo without cropping. The photo is then placed in the SELECT BOX which you can adjust.

Select "Fit Screen" (3) for this example as we are going to "crop" from it.

The photo will be pasted to fit the screen (1).

To crop the photo, tap the SELECT (2) button first and adjust the SELECT BOX (3) to fit over the area to be cropped.

Tap the CROP button (4).

You will be prompted (5) whether to "CROP AND CLEAR SCREEN" or "CROP AND RESTORE". Select CROP AND CLEAR SCREEN for this example.

The screen is cleared, and a copy of the selected area is placed in the SELECT BOX (1) which you can re-size, rotate and/or re-position.

Tap the PASTE button to paste the contents of the SELECT BOX back to the screen when ready.

REMEMBER TO TAP THE PASTE BUTTON!!

After pasting an image (1) you may want to add more images alongside, for example to create a collage.

Tap the IMAGES button (2) again to select another photo.

Select the "Fit screen" option as before.

The selected image (1) will be pasted on the the screen. Note that the original image will be pasted over and hidden.

To crop the photo, tap the SELECT button first and select the area of the photo to be cropped (2). Then tap the CROP button (3).

This time select the "CROP AND RESTORE" option when prompted, otherwise the screen would be cleared.

The screen image is restored with the image that was first pasted (1) and the cropped selection from the second image is placed in the SELECT BOX (2), where it can be scaled, rotated or moved.

Finally, when in position remember to paste the contents of the SELECT BOX back to the screen by tapping the PASTE button (1).

Repeat the process to add more images to build up the collage.


Export the image in the SELECT BOX - email, icon library and Facebook

In SELECT MODE, the SELECT BOX (1) is used to contain an image which may be re-sized, rotated and pasted onto the screen image.

You can also export the image in the SELECT BOX by using the EXPORT button (2) in the SELECT MODE toolbar.

This is similar the to the EXPORT button on the MAIN TOOLBAR which is used to email the entire screen image, or upload it to Facebook.

The EXPORT options are:

Email (3). You can email the image in the SELECT BOX as a jpg or png file. The png file format preserves transparency in the image. Note that the iPad email app is launched and your iPad email account has to be correctly set up.

Save as icon (4). Select this option to save the image in the SELECT BOX as an icon which you can re-use. The icon appears under the "MyIcons category" when you tap the ICON button in the MAIN TOOLBAR.

Save to Photo Album (5). This option returns the image in the SELECT BOX to the Photo Album and places it in the camera roll. Useful for cropping images in the Photo Album without overwriting the original image.

Upload to FACEBOOK (6). Sends the image in the SELECT BOX to your FACEBOOK wall. A Facebook account is required with appropriate permissions granted. Connect to Facebook first (10).

If you choose to export and save the SELECT BOX image as an icon, the popover (1) appears where you can verify the icon image (2) and type in an icon name (3).

Tap (4) to save to the icon library. The icon will appear in the "My Icons" category when you tap the ICONS button on the main toolbar (5).

Tap the ICONS button (5) on the main toolbar also to manage and delete icons which are no longer required.

Similarly, you choose to upload to Facebook, a dialog box appears where you can type in a description (1) before sending it to Facebook (2).