Helpful Tips

Here are some helpful tips and tricks that you can use in Scrapbook MAX!. Choose from the following tips:

Object preview window zooming and moving

Every object's properties dialog contains a preview of the selected object. These preview windows contain some powerful features that may come in handy. Some of these include:

Crop preview window shortcut keys

Photo and embellishment objects allow you to crop a selected portion of the image while in the preview window's crop mode. Clicking the Crop button on the object's settings activates the preview window's crop mode. When in crop mode a selection rectangle is shown in the preview window indicating the portion of the image that will be used (initially the entire image). While in crop mode, there are a few shortcut keys that you may find useful while working on your image:

Rotate or move a paper scrap/image pattern

If you find yourself in love with a particular pattern, but think it would look a little better at a different angle, or offset slightly, no problem! Scrapbook MAX! allows you to zoom, move, and rotate paper scrap images, or image patterns used in captions, ribbon text or journal text objects through their object preview windows. The following features are available in the preview window of the object properties of paper scraps, or captions, ribbon text and journal text when the Image/Pattern style is selected:

Selecting overlapping objects

Once you have something selected, if you click anywhere inside that object's selection box, you'll affect that object, even if there's another object "above" the selected object where you clicked. Basically this is done so that you can move and resize an object even when it's behind other objects, without having to have some part of the object visible.

If you want to select a different object, and it's layered with the one you've already selected, you need to either click on the new object "outside" of the selected object's bounding box, or deselect the currently selected object and then select the new one. (For example, click somewhere else, like on the page or on the grey work area, and then click on the object you want to select.)

Sometimes you can have an object that you can't select with the mouse because it is completely covered by other objects. (For example, if you place a translucent paper scrap on top of an object to give it a neat textured effect.) One obvious way to get at the object is to move some of the objects that are on top of it temporarily out of the way so that you can click on the object. But if you do that, you'll have to reposition those objects again. A better way is to use the selection tools: Edit > Select > Next Object Above, and Edit > Select > Next Object Below. These tools make it possible to select any object on the page, even if it's completely hidden behind other objects.

The easiest way to use the selection tools is by their keyboard hotkeys: Tab and Shift+Tab. Pressing the Tab key selects the next object on the page, and pressing Shift+Tab selects the previous object. If you find that you can't select an object by clicking on it, try pressing the Tab key until you reach the object that you wanted to select.

Tip: For more information on layers of objects, see the Z-Order topic.

Suppressing the snap to page

When you move objects near the edge of the page, they will "snap" to the edge. You can stop the page snap from happening by holding the Ctrl key.

Easy horizontal or vertical moves

While moving objects with the mouse, you can constrain the movement to either the horizontal or vertical axes by holding the Shift key during the move. Just press the Shift key, and start moving the objects in the direction that you want them to move. For example, holding Shift and then moving an object horizontally will prevent the object from moving vertically while you're moving it. To stop this effect, just release the Shift key.

Moving objects with the cursor keys

You can use the cursor keys (up, down, left, and right) to move objects around on the page. Just select the objects that you want to move, and then press the appropriate cursor key to "nudge" the objects by one pixel in that direction.

Tip: Hold down Shift and press a cursor key to move the objects even faster.

Selecting multiple objects

You can select multiple objects on a page by first selecting one object by clicking it, then pressing the Ctrl key while selecting (clicking) any further objects. Another method you can use is to click and drag the mouse so the selection rectangle covers multiple objects. When you release the mouse, all objects that were covered will be selected.

Make a duplicate copy of objects

If you've created one or more objects that you want to use on another page, you can use the copy and paste tools: Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste to make duplicates of the objects. These tools become available when you have one or more objects selected. A quicker method is to use their keyboard hotkeys: Ctrl+C for copy, and Ctrl+V for paste.

Delete a saved project

All Scrapbook MAX! project files are stored in the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0/Projects subfolder of My Documents. Occasionally you may create projects that you don't want to keep any longer. There are two methods you can use to remove old unused projects. The first method is to simply go into your Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 projects folder and delete the folder containing the project you want to remove. You can also delete a project from the Open Scrapbook dialog that shows when you select File > Open. To do this, highlight the project thumbnail image of the project you want to remove, and then right-click on it and select Delete, or press the Del key (delete key).

Maintain aspect of objects

Photos and embellishment objects maintain their aspect ratio when resized from their corners, but they do not when resized from their sides. You can toggle this behavior by holding down the Shift key while resizing the object. Photo and embellishment objects also contain a Restore aspect option which will revert the object's aspect ratio to what it was originally. You can find this option on the menu when right-clicking on a photo or embellishment. Paper scraps, captions and journal text objects never maintain their aspect ratio by default, however you can maintain aspect for these types by holding down the Shift key while resizing from either the object's corner or side.

Right-click menu options

While all of the features of Scrapbook MAX! can be accessed from the program menu, or toolbar, it can sometimes take focus away from what you are doing. Scrapbook MAX! also contains a right-click menu with many of the same tools that can be selected immediately. This menu is dynamic and relates to what you clicked on. For example, when you right-click on an object, object related tools become available, and when you right-click on a page, page related options become available.

Dragging and dropping files

Normally when you want to create an object, you would choose the desired object from the Object menu. However, Scrapbook MAX! also enables you to drag files from other areas of your computer onto a scrapbook page. For example, when you drag an image file onto a page in Scrapbook MAX!, the Drag and Drop Assistant dialog opens that allows you to choose how you want to use the new file.

Combining objects

When creating a scrapbook, layering of objects is important. For example, you may want to place a frame on top of a photo, or place the photo on a matte. As you add more content and layers, you may find that selection becomes more difficult. Scrapbook MAX! contains a feature called "grouping" that helps manage layered objects on the page. When you "group" objects togther, they temporarily behave like a single object. This allows you to easily move the objects around without having to select multiple objects. You can group objects together by first selecting two or more objects and then choosing Edit > Group. If you later need to change their settings, you can simply ungroup them by choosing Edit > Ungroup. These two tools also contain the keyboard hotkeys: Ctrl+G to group, and Ctrl+Shift+G to ungroup.

Replace an image in an object

The normal method of replacing an image in an object is to go into its properties and browse for a different file. Another method you can use is to select a new image file on your computer, press the Shift key and drag and drop the file onto the object. If the dimensions of the new image is very different from the object you are wanting to replace, the Adjust to Fit dialog is shown so you can crop the area you want to show in the object. This allows you to maintain the object's current dimensions instead of having the object resize to fit the image.

Delete or rename a template

Scrapbook MAX! templates are available for selection on the Create New Scrapbook dialog when you start the program or select File > New from the menu. There may be occasions where you would like to either delete or rename a template. To do this, highlight the template thumbnail image of the template you want to remove or rename, and then right-click on it and either select Rename or Delete. You can also press the Del key (delete key) to delete and the F2 key to rename.

Zooming the page

There may be times you would like to see a closer view of the page you are working on. Under the View menu there are items labeled Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Zoom Level that allow you to zoom in and out incrementally, or to a specific level on the current page. Scrapbook MAX! also contains a handy shortcut for zooming if your mouse contains a scroll wheel. Simply hold down the Ctrl key while scrolling the mouse wheel, and you will be able to zoom in and out without needing the menu. Once you are done, you may want to go back to viewing the entire page. To do this, either go to View > Zoom Level > Fit All, or use the shortcut key combination  Ctrl + 0.

Save an object as a .PNG image

If you've customized an object and see yourself wanting to reuse it as an embellishment, you can do so by saving the object as a .PNG image containing alpha transparency. To do this, right-click on the object and select Save as PNG... This will open a "Save As" dialog where you can enter the filename and location of the .PNG image.

Resizing Ribbon Text, bendable Caption, and multiple objects

To resize Ribbon Text, bendable Caption, or multiple objects, first select the desired object(s) and then while holding down the Shift key, resize the objects to the desired size using the object's bounding box.