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Place Holder
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  •  1
    Sarah started the conversation

    Hi,

    Anyone know if there is a glossary that explains terms or a place where I can go and read about them and get an idea of what they're for?

    The reason I ask is I do not know what a place holder is or how to use it. Of course, I can figure it out, but I'm looking for a quicker way to learn.

    Thank you.

    Sarah

  •  12
    Sad Duck replied

    Hi Sarah,

    No, there really is no 'users guide' for the program. Best thing you can do at the moment is click that 'Video Tutorial' button at the top of The Creator 7 and flip through the videos. I know there is one that explains the 'Placeholder use.

    If you are not using TC7, then simply got to Youtube and search for Laughingbird Software and subscribe. Same videos.

    In the meantime, let me answer your question.

    When the eCover and Mockup templates came out, then had an 'area' on them where you can drop an image. Simply click on the 'placeholder' and it would be outlined in yellow to show it had been selected. Then drag an image from your computer on to it and release it. The image would be re-sized to fit on that area. That 'drop zone' was called a 'placeholder'. In both WGC and the desktop TC7 placeholders are used to 'drop' your cover images onto the book, box, or other graphic in the template.

    Since the last upgrade, we now have the ability to change that placeholder. When the placeholder is selected, or if you create a new placeholder, you will see an option to turn on the 'handles' for it. This will show small circles at the corners of the placeholder and let you re-size it as needed.

    What that allows you to do is add your own placeholder to any template or image you are working on. So instead of using a Laughingbird template, say you have a photo of a delivery truck. You could create a new placeholder and move it to the side of the truck. Re-size it and viola! You can now drop another image there as advertisement. Simply create your ad, save it, then load the truck with the placeholder, select the placeholder so it is highlighted, then drag your ad onto the screen and drop it on the placeholder. 

    Your ad will be re-sized to fit the placeholder and make it look your advertising on the side of the truck. It's really handy for all sorts of things.

    Anyway, flip through the video tutorials for the ecovers and mockups and it should explain it a little more. Or post back here if you need more information. Have fun! 

  •  1
    Sarah replied

    Hi Sad Duck,

    As always, thank you for your help. I appreciate that.

    I tinkered with the place holder last night and pretty much discovered the handles and all that.

    I would like to ask you, though, since you're very knowledgeable, how does one resize, lets say, a brochure they made with a template in WGC?

    I made a brochure last night, test printed it, and it came out less than 8.5"X11". It took up maybe 3/4 of the page. So, I am trying to figure out how to control the size of the finished product.

    Ok, thank you again for the much appreciated help.

    Best regards,

    Sarah

  •  12
    Sad Duck replied

    Hi Sarah,

    Well, I use https://www.ninjaunits.com/converters/pixels/ to figure out what size to make the canvas, um, before I create anything I'm going to print.

    Bottom line, you cannot resize.

    What you have to do is increase your canvas size to what you need to print, then resize each picture element, text element and so forth.

    It has been mentioned to Marc and I'm sure he has it on the long list of things to add in the future, but right now there is no way to resize your creation except piece by piece.

    Now that I said that, that is for The Creator 7 desktop. Are you using WGC?

    If your template is in WGC it's a lot easier! Simply increase your canvas size, then select all elements on the canvas. Grab the corner icon and drag to increase the size of everything on the canvas together. Works like a charm. It may be a while yet before we see the new desktop version but it should work the same way. So, things will get easier in the future!

  •  1
    Sarah replied

    Hi Sad Duck,

    Oh, that is awful to hear. I find it unreal that one cannot resize their creation. Wow. That's definitely not an attractive thing.

    Anyway, I'll try the link you suggested and see how it goes.

    Thank you again.

    Best Regards,

    Sarah

  •  1
    Sarah replied

    Hi again,

    What exactly if I could ask is the pixel thing you linked to for if you don't mind my asking?

    Thank you.

    Sarah

  •  12
    Sad Duck replied

    Lots of users want to print flyers on A4 sized paper. So, in Thew Creator you don't have A4. So how many pixels high and wide should your canvas be to print a flyer on A4 sized paper at say, 300DPI?

    Use Ninjaunits to figure it out. Google a4 paper size and you discover that it is 8.27 inches by 11.7 inches.

    Load Ninjaunits and select inches to pixels. Plug in 300 DPI and 8.27 and 11.7 and you get 2481 x 3510.

    Knowing that, and knowing that TC7 will only export at 2880 x 2880 you know that you cannot get A4 sized output at 300 DPI. You'd have to select a lower DPI or use the Web Graphics Creator. 

    I selected 300 DPI because most on line printers require that resolution. Though you can print at a lower DPI just fine.

    Anyway, that's what I use that utility for. Simply to find out what size I should set my canvas to before I start creating for a project.

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