Edit Images

Artboard has robust tools to add image effects, crop and mask images, and more. Import images through the Image Browser. All Images can be adjusted by double-clicking with the Select tool, or edited precisely in the Geometry Tab.

Edit Image

  1. Do one of the following:
    • With the image selected, click the ‘Edit Image’ button in the Geometry Tab, or
    • Double-click an image with the Select [s] tool. When the image is active for editing, it is highlighted with a dashed selection box.
  2. In the floating Image Edit panel, adjust the image properties, such as exposure and saturation, or choose from a variety of image preset effects.
  3. Click off of the image to finish editing.

HINT: When active for editing, direct controls are available to crop and scale an image.

HINT: Image adjustments and effects are permanent within your saved drawing, and do not affect the original image file.

Crop Image

  1. Do one of the following:
    • With the image selected, click the ‘Crop Image’ button in the Geometry Tab, or
    • Double-click an image the Select [s] tool. When the image is active for editing, it is highlighted with a dashed selection box.
  2. The, using the Select [s] tool, do any of the following:
    • Move any of the bounding box handles to adjust the cropped area.
    • Press and drag the image to reposition it within its bounding box.
    • Drag the slider up or down to resize (scale) the image within its bounding box.
  3. Click off of the image to finish editing.

Size To Fit Image

Image cropping is non-destructive.

To return to the original image bounding box, click the “Size To Fit Image” button.

Crop and Resample

After cropping an image, it may be desired to permanently crop and resample the image to fit the new bounding box.

With the image selected, click the “Crop and Resample” button.

Image Opacity

With the image selected, edit the image Opacity setting in the Geometry Tab.

Image Scale

Do one of the following:

  • In the Geometry Tab, adjust the image scale setting, or
  • While the image is active for editing (with Edit Image or Crop Image), drag the image object slider up or down to directly resize (scale) the image within its bounding box.

Clip Image Using a Shape

In addition to editing image properties, images can be clipped using the Combine – Intersect function.

  1. Place the image in your drawing.
  2. Draw any shape to be the clipping shape – from a simple shape to a complex outline of the area you want to clip.
  3. Overlap the shape over the image.
  4. Select both the image and shape and do one of the following:
    • Click the ‘Intersect’ button in the Geometry Tab, or
    • Choose ‘Graphic > Combine > Intersect’ from the main menu.

HINT: Clipping an image with a shape is non-destructive. To return to the original image bounding box, right-clicking the image and choose ‘Remove Image clipping path’ from the contextual menu.

Assign a Style to an Image

Style can be applied to images, for example to add a border.

  1. Select an image.
  2. In the Geometry Tab, optionally uncheck ‘Draws On Top’  – this sets whether the image is drawn above or below any other style assigned
  3. Do one of the following:
    • In the Styles Tab, click ‘Reset’ then edit style components as desired, or
    • In the Styles & Clip Art palette, double-click a line style to apply it as a border to the image.

Add Clip Art and Text

Open the Styles & Clip Art palette to use a separate object to define a border, such as “Day at the Beach” clip art that has been designed as a frame. Choose the Text tool to place words on top of your image.