Did you know…?
Boundaries – Layouts within layouts!
ImagePrint makes it easy to add multiple images to a layout, but did you know there’s a way to create “sub-layouts” of images within a page? The feature is called Boundaries, one of the most versatile and unique (and probably unknown) of all ImagePrint’s layout features. You can use a boundary to quickly put a colored background behind a group of images or just use it as an easy method of placing and moving groups of images while maintaining their position relative to one another. Boundaries can be especially useful on larger printers as it allows you to easily create multiple album pages or greeting cards within a single page.
You create a boundary by right clicking (or control clicking if you don’t have a right mouse button) in an empty spot within your ImagePrint layout area. In the menu that appears, choose “Add Boundary”, then in the “Add Boundary Area” window type in a width and height (choose a size smaller than your current page, but one that will accommodate the images you plan to add). By default the boundary will be transparent, but if you want it to be a colored background, choose Solid at the top of the window and pick your color via the color picker menu at the bottom.
You should now see the boundary on your page. Now open some images and drag them into it. You can click and drag images to move them around within the boundary area just like normal–nothing too special there. But once you have some images within the boundary–try clicking an empty spot within the boundary and dragging. The boundary itself moves, along with all of the images within it. You now have a region of images you can move anywhere on the page!
Once a boundary has been created, it’s size and color can’t be changed, so to make alterations you’ll need to delete it and recreate it with the new parameters. You delete a boundary just like an image–click the boundary, then choose the black scissors icon from the floating tool palette.
There’s a lot more that can be said about boundaries (for instance, the way they handle crop marks and annotations of images dragged into them is, well, cool) but that’s all we have space for here. You’ll find more information within the user’s manual (chapter 13) but those are the basics of this powerful, unique tool.