The Print Shop Mac User Guide

The Print Shop Mac is designed to help you learn the software. Be sure to also check out the Video Tutorials and the Forums for additional ideas. To access the User Guide, either click on a topic in the Help Topics column on the left, choose a frequently accessed topic below or search for a specific top using the search bar on the right. Print Shop Mac Downloadable User Guide

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Adding Photos

There are three methods for adding a photo to a page:

Photo Box Method - Use this method to replace a dark gray photo template box on a project page.

Direct Method - Use this method to add a photo directly to a page, whether the page has photo boxes or not.

FastFill - Use this method to automatically fill empty photo boxes in your project with a group of photos of your choice.


Photo File Formats and Recommendations

The Print Shop accepts most standard photo file formats (.jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, and .tif). You can also add PSD (Photoshop) files to your projects. Please note that the layers in a PSD will be flattened.

Recommended settings:

File Format: JPEG (.jpg)
Quality: Medium to high
Size: 1600 by 1200 pixels or larger recommended

Note 1: To preserve transparency in image files, save the file in PNG format from your image editor.

Note 2: The Print Shop ignores embedded color profiles; photos with color profiles may not appear as expected in The Print Shop. Please save a copy without the color profile for use in The Print Shop.


Photo Box Method

To replace the dark gray photo box on a page with a photo:

  1. Double-click on the photo box.
  2. In the Add Photo window, use the top of the window to browse to the folder with your photos, either by double-clicking the names of folders to open them, or by clicking on the drop-down menu near the top of the window.
    Add Photo
  3. To select a photo, double-click the thumbnail of the photo on the right side of the window, or click on it once and then click the OK button.
  4. The photo will appear in the Photo Editor.
    Photo Editor
    Any parts of the photo that are grayed-out will not appear on the page.
    • The Reset button will undo any changes you make in the editor.
    • The next set of buttons will rotate the photo 90º counter-clockwise (left button) or clockwise (right button).
    • The magnifying glass icons will adjust the cropping of the photo to include more (left button) or less (right button) of the photo.
    • To change which parts of the photo will be displayed, click on the photo and hold the mouse button down while dragging the mouse around.
    • Click OK to place the photo.
  5. The photo replaces the photo box on the page.
  6. To move the photo, click on it and hold the mouse button down while dragging the photo to its new location. To resize the photo, drag one of the light gray handles (small boxes) that appears at the edge of the photo. Corner handles resize the photo proportionally, while side handles stretch out a single edge.

Direct Method

To add a photo or graphic to a blank page or to add extra photos to a template page:

  1. Click on the Add Photo icon Add Photo Icon or choose Insert > Add Photo from the menu. Alternately, drag and drop photos from the Resource Gallery. See the Resource Gallery topic for more information.
  2. In the Add Photos window, use the top of the window to browse to the folder with your photos, either by double-clicking the names of folders to open them, or by clicking on the drop-down menu near the top of the window.
    Add Photo
  3. To choose a photo, double-click the thumbnail of the photo on the right side of the window, or click on it once and then click the OK button.
  4. The photo or graphic will appear in the middle of the page. To resize it, drag one of the light gray handles (small boxes) at the edge of the photo. Corner handles resize the photo proportionally, while side handles stretch out a single edge.
  5. To move the photo, click in the middle of the photo and hold the mouse button down as you drag the photo to a new location.

FastFill Method

The FastFill option will fill empty photo boxes in your project with a set of photos of your choice.

FastFill is available from the Insert menu (Insert > FastFill Photos) and as an option in the Add Other Template Pages function (Insert > Add Other Template Pages menu item).

Choosing Photos

To begin the FastFill process, choose the photos to add to project photo boxes in the Add Photos window.

Choose Pictures

  • Choose the folder with your photos using the top of the Add Photos window or from the drop-down menu at the top.
  • Click on the thumbnails of your photos on the right side of the window to select them (you may select more than one) or click on the Select All button at the bottom of the window to select all the photos in the folder. Click on OK to add the photos to your album.

Organizing Photos

The Organize Photos window allows you to add more photos, remove, rearrange, or rotate photos.

Organize Photos

  • Click on the Add Photos button to add more photos.
  • To remove a photo from the album, click on the photo thumbnail in the preview pane and then click on the Remove button.
  • Photos will be placed s in the order that they appear in the preview pane. To rearrange photos, click on a photo thumbnail, hold the mouse button down, and drag the photo to a new position. A green line will show where the photo will be placed.
  • If a photo is sideways, click on its thumbnail in the preview pane and then click the Rotate 90° button. To select and rotate multiple pictures, hold down the Ctrl key (Command key on the Mac) as you click on the thumbnails.
  • To quickly sort all of the photos by the name of the photo or chronologically, click on the Name or Date button.

Click the Finish button when you have finished adding and organizing photos. The Print Shop will now add all of the photos to the project. Check each page carefully after it has completed. Some photos may require adjusting to display properly. See the Crop topic for more information.


Adding Photos to Partially Covered Boxes

Now if a photo box is behind a partially transparent Clipart object the program allows you to still fill the photo box by dragging and dropping. This is especially useful for Clipart Frames.

If a photo box is partially covered by an object and you cannot select it you may still add a photo to it.

  1. Open the Photos tab in the Resource Gallery.
  2. Left-click and hold on an image, drag and drop it onto the empty photo box, it will ignore the objects on top.
    Drag and Drop

Group-fill photo boxes

  • You can now place multiple photo boxes on the canvas, group them, and then fill the photo boxes with a single image. You can create very interesting effects, such as lattice window, etc.
  1. Open the Photos tab under Ribbon Tabs.
  2. Click on the Add Photo Box icon to place an empty box on your page.
  3. Repeat this process, size, and position multiple boxes throughout the page.
  4. While holding the shift key, select multiple boxes with a left-click.
  5. Once all the boxes are selected right-click on any of the boxes, from the drop down select Group / Group.
  6. Open the photos tab in the Resource Gallery.
  7. Drag and drop an image from the gallery onto the grouped boxes
    Drag and Drop

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