In this chapter you will learn how to import existing images into your project and how to trim edges and resize your project. First let’s start with an empty project.
Next add a circle to it, and give it the following properties:
1. A primary color Blue, secondary color Green and a linear-gradient texture of about 60%.
2. A solid black outline.
3. About 25% transparency.
4. A smooth bevel set to maximum.
5. A cracked surface skin.
6. Lock the circle in the layer view so that it can’t be moved.
Your end result should look similar to this:
Next we will trim the size of our project so that it will be exactly the size of the square containing our circle. You can do that by simply selecting Project from the top menu, and selecting Trim Canvas.
Now your project should look like this:
Here you can see that we have trimmed all the unnecessary white space around the circle, in that making our image measurements smaller and eventually also its size. This is important as our first step, since our next step will be to add an external image that will extend the borders of the circle. If we had trimmed the edges after adding the external image, our projects border would not have come out equal.
Next we are going to add an external image. You can download the image used in this lesson from HERE.
Step 1 – click on the Insert Image From File button located in the Tools bar on the left,
Set the value in the Resize Image box to 10, and hit OK.
Once you have done that you will see the image of the branch sits on top of your circle. You will also notice that there is no black background around it, and that is because the format of this image is called PNG Transparent, which means that it has no background color. You can also say that it has a transparent background color since in digital imaging the color transparent has its own code and is regarded as a type of color on its own. But that is more of a technical issue.
You can see that your image has the same border markers as all the rest of the shapes and can be resized with the mouse. Resize it to fit nicely inside the circle.
Important note! When resizing images there is something called Aspect Ratio. That means that you don’t want to deform the proportions of the image, but only make it smaller while keeping its height to width ratio balanced. There for, always when you are resizing images with the mouse, only do so by using the bottom right corner block and never touch the other dragging blocks unless you intentionally want to deform the aspect ratio of the image. By dragging only from the bottom right corner the program will resize the image and keep its original height to width proportions.
Next we are going to add a nice element we saw on the web, and In this case it is right here. For that we are going to use a tool called screen capture. First thing, open the screen capture bar by clicking on the Screen Capture button in the toolbar located on the right side:
Once done the screen capture bar will open up:
As you can see it has 3 buttons. The first button is normally always in pressed mode (meaning active), it means that once you hit one of the screen capturing modes the program will automatically hide itself so that you can capture the desired element situated in the window behind. The other two buttons are different capturing modes. The first to the left looking like a grid mean that you capture a selected area of the screen, and the far right one means that you will capture an entire window. For this case we will use the area capture mode (the middle button).
First, make sure that this web site is the top most. Then, go back to the program and press the middle button. Once done, select the element in a way that you will capture it inside the black area without the rest of the page. Don’t try to be precise, and make sure you capture it surrounded with the black color.
You can practice a little bit, but once you got it right your project should look like this:
As you can see, this time there is a black background around the object, since it was captured off the screen and it is not an original PNG Transparent image type. Now we need to get rid of the black surrounding. For that Real-DRAW Pro has a tool called Color Transparency.
Step 1 - click on the Color Transparency button located on the main toolbar at the top,
Step 2 – set the tolerance level bar to maximum (255). It is also located on the top toolbar,
Step 3 – click on the dark area surrounding the captured object. The end result should now look like this:
Finally, position the object to the top of the large circle, half of it being inside the frame and the other half outside the frame. Give it the following bevel and effect settings:
The end result should look like this:
Notice that half of the captured object is located outside the project frame. That means that once you export the project, this is how the final PNG image will look like:
Earlier I mentioned why it was important to trim the canvas before adding all the other elements. If we where to trim it after adding the elements the project would look like this:
Meaning that the final PNG image would show also the darker half of our added object, and the size of the image would exceed the initial measurements taken only from the circle.
Continue to the final part of this tutorial, part 11: Changing Frame Size ->