Graphic element settings

graphic element settings

Double click a graphic element to display its dialog box and customize its appearance.

A graphic element dialog box contains 8 tabs:

Image: selection of an image to be displayed. You can load a static image from disk, import it from a TWAIN source (such as a scanner), load it from the Clipart* library or link it to a database field, as detailed in the Link to a data source section below. See the working with images section for an explanation on how to manipulate images with Labeljoy.

* Clipart images are not available in the Light version.

Fore color: color definition used by Patterns and Lines.

See the Defining colors topic for more information on creating complex colors and shades.

Back color: back color definition of the graphic object.
Click the Enable back color check box to enable color definition controls, or leave unchecked to have the graphic object on transparent background.

See the Defining colors topic for more information on creating complex colors and shades.

Frame color: definition of color and size of the frame of the graphic object.
Click the Enable frame color check box to enable color and size definition controls, or leave unchecked to leave the graphic object with no frame.

See the Defining colors topic for more information on creating complex colors and shades.

Pattern: by flagging this check box you can choose a pattern to be applied to the element background from a list of 52 available different patterns.

Flag the Reverse check box to invert the coloring between the pattern and its background.

Line: Activate the Enable line check box to draw a line across the element center. Define the beginning and ending style of the line through the first two combo boxes. Define the style of the line through the Line style combo box. If you select a style other then Solid,  the Dash style combo box will also become active to enable you to define a dash style for the beginning and ending portion of the dashes. The Direction combo box defines the line orientation, horizontal or vertical. Finally, define the line size (or width) in the Size text box.

Shape: definition of the element shape.

Advanced: common tab to all elements that enables you to enter coordinates, rotation, mouse action, and a name for the graphic element.

Note:
Sizes shown here will be in inches or centimeters according to the Unit of measure setting defined in the General tab of the Option dialog box.
Inch fractions can be entered through a popup menu, as explained in the topic manage inch fractions.

LINK TO A DATA SOURCE

If you linked the group to which the graphic element belongs to a data source, it will be possible to link the element to a field of the data source containing images to be rendered which may be different for each label.

You can link 2 data type families to a graphic element:

  • Binary: binary type field (OLE, BLOB, Medium BLOB, etc.). These field types contain the byte sequence that actually make up the image.
  • Text: text type field (CHAR, VARCHAR, etc). Labeljoy will treat the text found here as paths to image files. It will search for valid image files using the text found here. The images will be rendered only when the path contains a valid reference to an image file.

Note:
Labeljoy handles image files of up to 500 KB in size.