Layer Objects

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Add Floating Text Layer


Apart from typical font settings, you can set Transparency and add a Shadow to layered text.




If the image is fit (downsized) into the editor desktop, your text may display artefacts before you merge the layers. If you click on No Zoom, in order to display the image in it's original size, the artefacts will disappear.
Try not to manually downsize the text layer by dragging it's edges. This will apply the Antialias Filter from the Layer Options. It's better to choose a smaller font size in the text dialog in the first place.
Watermarks and Text Labels are alternatives, if you want to add non-layered text to an image.


Add Clipart Layer


Allows you to add drawings and cartoons to your image. The files are of type PNG and include an Alpha Channel (Transparency). In the clipart dialog you can also add a Shadow or change the Size of the clipart. If you can't find your clipart in the file dialog, click on Browse Cliparts. This opens the Explorer, from where you can add cliparts by following these steps:


1.Select the clipart in the gallery and press INS (Copy image)
2.Switch to the Image Editor and press CTRL+V (Paste into new layer)
3.Resize, rotate and position the clipart, then call Merge Layers


Note: if the clipart gallery is not yet installed, you will get an installation prompt, asking you to download the 80 MB compressed file from the internet. It will be installed into the folder C:\ProgramData\CodedColor Common. Make sure you have Administrator rights and full access to ProgramData.


Add Map Layer


Adds a map to your image. If the EXIF section of your image contains GPS coordinates, originating from certain cameras and mobile phones with GPS sensors, the corresponding map will be loaded automatically. After the map dialog you can add Borders and Shadows and call Merge Layers.


icon_tip More layer options


Call Add Layer to add an empty layer, and click on the top left Folder symbol to load an image into the layer. You can also call the menu item Paste into new layer, in order to paste an image from the clipboard as a new layer.


You can also rotate layers. Switch to the Rotate Layer mode and rotate the layer by dragging its handles.


In the right mouse button context menu you will find the Layer Options dialog, which allows you to define Transparency, Shadow and Antialias Filter. The antialias filter comes into effect after rotations, or in layers that are smaller than the contained image. When you call Merge Layers, the antialias filter is then applied to the image.






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