Image frames hold photos, background textures and clipart. When selected, an image frame will display eight handle controls around the edge of the frame, and three handle controls inside the frame.
The frame shape determines how much of the image will be displayed. Images are never permanently cropped – adjust the frame shape, size, and zoom/pan to expose as little or as much of the image inside the frame.
Adding Images to a Page
Accessing Images in the Editor
Images are accessed from the left-side tabs, sorted into album collections.
Content uploaded by your yearbook team members is available under the Photos tab.
Memento’s Backgrounds and Elements (Clipart) are sorted into separate tabs.
Scroll down to see additional albums.
Adding Directly to the Page
To add an image to your page, drag then drop it it onto a blank part of your page.
It will appear in a default frame size to expose the entire image, with resize & cropping handles available.
Adding to the Canvas Background
To use an image as the background image on your page, click directly on the image preview in the album pane.
It will automatically apply to the fill the background of your page.
Learn more about background options in the Decoration & Design article.
Adding an Empty Image Frame
Rather than adding images directly to the page, create your own template by adding empty frames first.
To add an empty frame to your page, click on the image icon in the top right corner. A new image frame will appear on your page.
To add an image to an empty frame, drag it from the album to target the frame, until the frame glows red. Drop the image into the empty frame – it will auto-size the image inside the frame to expose as much of the image as possible.
Replacing and Swapping Images
To replace an image with another selection, drag a new image from the album pane towards the frame. When the target frame displays a red border, drop the image.
To swap two images already on your page, select both frames, either either dragging your mouse over both, or hold the Ctrl (Windows)/Cmd (Mac) key then clicking on each image.
When two frames are selected, the Image Tools button will appear over the page. Click on it. Click on the Swap Images button to flip the position of the selected images.
To add an image on top of another image frame, hold the Shift key on your keyboard when drag the image to the page. It will drop into its own frame, rather than replacing an image already on the page.
Adjusting Image Size & Position
Sizing & Positioning Frames
Once your image frame is on the page, you may move it and resize it freely. Select and drag the item around the page, resize the frame shape using the handles, and spin it using the rotation handle.
To learn more about frame movement, positioning and order, consult the Understanding Frames article.
Zooming & Panning Images
Unlike text & shape frames, image frames display positioning handles.
To adjust the zoom level of an image inside its frame, click down on the magnifier handle, then drag your mouse up/down to adjust the zoom level.
To reset the zoom to maximum visibility, double-click on the handle.
To move an images‘s position within its frame, click down on its pan handle, then drag the image into place.
Note that images will always fill their frames to the edges, so if the image is set to its border edge(s) inside the frame, it cannot be panned past that edge.
To adjust the zoom or pan on your canvas background image, double-click the canvas itself. The handles will appear.
(The canvas image positioning handles are turned off by default to avoid interfering with image placement.)
Flipping Image Direction
Images may be flipped horizontally or vertically within their frame.
To flip an image, select it, then click on the Image FX button at the top of the page. Toggle the Flip buttons at the bottom of the list.
This feature works well on images applied to the canvas background, useful for creating mirror-image double spreads from a single background texture.
Image Frame Options
Adding a border
By default, image frames will appear on the page with no border, in a standard rectangular shape.
To turn on border effects, first select one or more image frames, then click on the Border option on the top menu, and finally turn the border on. A default thin white border will appear on your selected image(s).
Border Color & Size
The border menu includes color and width controls.
Click on the color chip to select a new color from the color editor. Note that the color editor includes an opacity slider (under the rainbow gradient).
Drag the size slider to change the width of the border.
To change the frame shape, select one or more frames, then click on the Shape menu option on the top menu, and finally click on one of the three shape options.
Choose among the rectangle, circular or oval options, then adjust the corner width as desired.
Note that a rectangle transitions into an oval, and vice-versa, as the corner slider moves between 0 and 100.
A circular frame locks the aspect ratio (width to height) of the frame to create a perfect circle. Set the corner to 0 to make a perfect square.
To turn on a shadow effect, select one or more frames, then click on the Shadow menu option on the top menu. Turn on the shadow toggle.
A default black shadow will be applied to the selected frame(s).
Adjust the shadow color by clicking on the color chip, to access the color editor.
Adjust sliders to change the blur level, the depth of the shadow and its angle.
Shadows may be used to create a variety of effects.
Increase the blur while reducing the depth to create a diffuse glow effect.
Decrease the blur, increase the offset and adjust the angle to modern hard edge effect.
Use the default settings for a classic stacked image look. Use the default settings for a classic stacked image look – double-click on any slider to reset it to the default value.
Adding Image Effects
To apply effects and/or color corrections to your image, first, select an image on your page, then click on the Image FX tab.
Use the sliders to affect your selected image(s).
Note that the Reset Filters button (bottom) restores the selected image(s) to their default levels.
Brightness, Contrast & Saturation
Brightness, contrast and saturation controls are generally used for image correction. Be very careful when using these on your photos – your monitor is most not likely professionally color balanced, so the end effects on your printed book may be more dramatic than intended.
By default these effects are set to 0.
Brightness affects the overall amount of light in your image.
Contrast affects the amount of difference between light and dark areas in your image
Saturation affects the intensity of color in your image.
Grayscale & Sepia
Grayscale and sepia are color effects, altering the all-over color of your image.
By default, these effects are off.
Grayscale removes the color from your image, moving it to black & white.
Sepia replaces the color with brown/golden tones, for an antique look.
Hue Rotation, Invert & Blur
Hue-rotate, invert and blur apply special effects to transform your images. Use these effects sparingly on your photos.
Hue-rotation transforms the colors in your image. It does not tint your image, but shift the color on the color gamut.
Use this effect on backgrounds & clipart to match your page’s color scheme.
Invert reverses the color in your images.
This option is best for applied to backgrounds more than your photos.
Blur defocuses your image. Apply this to soften images and textures for a diffuse background effect.
Reducing opacity makes your image more transparent. Content underneath an image with reduced opacity will be seen through the image.
Creating a Grid
Split a single image frame to create a grid of equal-sized, evenly spaced frames. This tool is particularly useful for creating a template, particularly for senior class dedications or business advertisements.
The splitter may be applied to an image frame containing an image or an empty frame.
Select one or more frames on your page, then choose Image Tools from the top menu.
The splitter tool will appear.
Choose the number of columns and rows required, and then set the spacing between the image frames.
The 0.1″ default spacing leaves a small gap between the frames, a 0 gap results in touching frames, and a negative value will overlap (shingle) the frames for an effect.
Click Apply Split to divide the selected frame, then add/replace images in those frames as desired.
Low Res Warnings
An icon will appear on images that are set below a preset quality – they will print with visible issues at the current size of their image frame (pixelation, jagged edges).
An orange triangle indicates a potential quality issue, while a red triangle indicates a very low resolution image.
Try making the image frame smaller to resolve the warning.
Low resolution warnings are often triggered by poor quality web downloads from your school’s web site or clipart/backgrounds downloaded from the Internet without checking the image size.
The Studio Source Support team strongly recommends only uploading original photography or from the Studio Source Catalogue. This will also avoid copyright issues in the process.
Images used on your canvas background are more likely to display warnings, as the photo is being stretched to a larger size. Zooming in on a photo placed on the background may trigger a warning.
Generally, background canvas images do not need to be as laser-sharp as photos on your page, as they are more textural/atmospheric than precise, so double-check your backgrounds with orange warnings for quality issues when then get to proofing. Red warnings should be respected – find a new background to use.
Overzooming an image or resizing clipart or portrait images to a very outscaled size will also result in resolution warnings.
Also beware of photos submitted as phone screenshots – these are very low resolution and should not be used in your yearbook. Ask photo submissions to be sent as original photos, not screenshots (usually noticeable as they are banded by large black areas).