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Print Artist 6.

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Ta b l e o f C o n t e n t s

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Introduction Credits About This Guide...and Other Resources Welcome to Print Artist 6.0 Before You Begin To Launch Print Artist 6.0 How to Use the Document Converter Technical Support Sierra Guarantee New Features New Interface Scrapbooking Spellchecker Basic Terms Things to Know Keyboard Reference Chart Dialog Boxes & Keyboard Reference Chart The Toolbar Your Art Supply Box Label Toolbar Scrapbook Toolbar Creating Project List Overview Project Types My Documents Starting a New Project 33 31 26 28 29 24 22 21 21 21 6 7 8 9 10 12 18 20

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Creating a New Document Opening Saved Documents Saving a Document Saving an Existing Project Deleting Saved Projects Exiting Working Your Creative Capabilities Frames and Functions Resizing Graphics Importing & Exporting Palettes Graphics, Fills, Shapes & Symbols Inserting Graphics, Fills, Shapes & Symbols Graphic Directory Setup System Directory Setup Select Directory How to Find Graphics Templates Zoom...Quick Access to Your Layout Moving Elements Between Documents Scanning Text,Type and Fonts Inserting Text Changing Calendar Dates Editing Text Printing Your Document Internet Options Troubleshooting

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Print Artist 6.0


Executive Producer Associate Producer Creative Director Art Director/Designer Production Coordinator Project Manager Software Engineers Release Engineer Lead Graphic Artist Lead Technical Artist Layout Designers Barbary Brunner Damon Jones Marcia Bales Nancy Lee Natacha Dolak Michael Crovitz Aaron Nonis

Bob Scouerski Michelle Whiteaway

Brandon Clausing Cynthia Stipeche Tina Dickey Gaelyn Henkel Kristen Magnuson Kirsten Shaner John Figueroa Technical Artists Dave Lee Stacy Walters Content Librarian Kathleen Johnson QA Manager Gary Stevens QA Supervisor Van Allison QA Assistant Lead Sonya Rhen QA Testers Cullen Faugno Emily Cowgill Jeniffer Singer Matt Julich Sierra Home General Manager Sierra Home Director of Marketing Sierra Home Brand Manager Sierra Home Associate Brand Manager Sierra Home Associate Producer, Content Sierra Home Documentation Manager Sierra Home Production Support Manual Design Manual Layout Manual Copyrighting Manual Editor & Copywriting Sentiments Rodney Sherwood Joe Vespaziani On-Line Help Editor Special Thanks

Regina Ramos Miranda Othberg Edwin Porciuncula Ariana Pinto

Dayna Smith Erinn Hamilton Michele Armstrong Ron Stevens Anne Boswell Mark Tindall Teresa Simanton Susannah Dragstedt Michelle Daniels Myrna Weh Beth Freeman Katherine Gardner Valerie Rosen Alison Jensen K.Chapman Love Cathy Malmrose Lowell Press Scott Hermann David Griffin PALs

About This Guide


The Print Artist 6.0 Users Manual will guide you through every detail of this program, helping you conceive your own inventive paper projects. You will get up and running in no time on your computer with lots of help and comprehensive references. Simply review the enclosed content and examine each of the applications that will become your own art tool box. These tools allow you to formulate hundreds of crafts, greeting cards, scrapbook materials and even send greetings on-line.

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...And Other Resources


If youre looking for more ideas, have questions about the program, need solutions or short-cuts, here are some additional resources: Help section: In this program is a Help section. To access Help quickly, click on the Help button while on any of the Project screens or press the F1 key. Keyword Search: To look up Help while in Print Artist 6.0 select Search For Help On... in the Help menu and then type in the keyword to search for Help on that topic. Technical Support: Go to our web site, www.SierraHome.com. You can find on-line help there, as well as information about other products and services provided by Sierra Home. Included in this guide is also a special section on scrapbooking. Even if youve never done it before, reviewing the Print Artist 6.0 Scrapbooking ideas may inspire you to archive your own memories.

Welcome to Print Artist 6.0


When youre in a card or a scrapbooking shop, did you ever feel that you could formulate your own projects just as creatively and beautifully as what you see in the stores? Since you have the computer and the color printer, and this program you can! With Print Artist 6.0, you design your own high-quality projects, personalized for your family and friends. Print Artist 6.0 also allows you to focus on the projects that are most important to you never limiting your own creative potential and artistic abilities. Print Artist 6.0 provides you with the tools for exceptional creative expression.

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Before You Begin


Configuration Requirements
A Pentium 100 MHz or higher microprocessor. Four-speed CD-ROM drive. Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0 or higher 16 MB RAM and 97 MB free hard drive space. SVGA board (256 colors at 640x480 resolution). Keyboard and mouse.

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Installing Print Artist 6.0


For Windows 95/98 use the Start button on the task bar. Note: Please refer to the Read Me file for any installation information updates.

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Insert the Print Artist 6.0 CD into your CD-ROM drive. Windows will automatically bring up the install screen when a CD is inserted. Please refer to your Windows manual if you wish to disable the Autorun feature. Select Project to Install. Click on the Install button. The End User License Agreement dialog will appear, asking you to proceed. You will have the option to install a Typical or Custom Install. Click Typical Install to copy layouts and layout graphics to your hard drive. Click Custom Install to copy the same files that Typical Install does, plus choose additional graphic collections and fonts to copy onto your hard drive.

To Access your Serial Number


The serial number is located on the front of the purple cardboard box which holds the CDs. There are 3 things to remember when entering the serial number:

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Type in the serial number without any spaces between the letters and numbers (even if it looks like there is a space before the last three digits). All "0" characters are the numeric zero, not the alphabetic letter "O". Be sure that the CapsLock is not on when entering the serial number. If it is on when entering the number, the serial number will be invalid.

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To Launch Print Artist 6.0

Launcher
Click on the Print Artist 6.0 button to install the PA 6.0 application, then click the install button.

Through the Start Bar


Go to the Start Bar from Run, type in your CD drive; for example, D:\PA6\Setup.exe.

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My Computer
Go to "My Computer" on your desktop and right click on your CD drive; click "Open." Double-click PA 6.0, scroll to "Setup.exe" and double-click, PA6 should then auto install.

Settings Control Panel


On the Start Bar, Settings, Control Panel, Select "Add/Remove Programs" and click the Install button. Follow the Windows instructions. When prompted to enter "Command line for installation program," select "Browse." (Make sure the CD is inserted into the drive.) Browse the CD and open the PA6 folder. Choose "Setup" followed by "Open" and lastly, "Finish."

Sierra Home Website Button


Launches you to the Sierra Home Website.

The Run Button


After installation, the Install button will be changed to the Run button. Please Click on Run to run the program.

Quit
Quit exits the program

Up arrow/down arrow Scroll buttons


For PA 6.0 products that have more than four items to install, you may use the up and down arrows to navigate through your choices.

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How to Use the Document Converter


This section of the manual describes the functionality of the Install Time Document Converter and the File / Open dialog document converter for Print Artist 6.0. The document converters allow users of Print Artist 4.0, 4.5 and CardsPlus access to their user created documents through 6.0. This is done in one of two ways:

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1 The Install Time document conversion 2 File / Open dialog to access user created project types.
The user created documents types that require your conversion are Print Artist 4.0/4.5 Signs, CardsPlus Gift Sets and CardsPlus Party Sets.

Print Artist 4.0/4.5 Signs will be converted to Print Artist 6.0 Signs and Banners. CardsPlus Gift Sets will be converted to Print Artist 6.0 Crafts. CardsPlus Party Sets will be converted to Print Artist 6.0 Crafts.

Install Time Document Converter


The Install Time Document Converter will be launched during the installation of the Print Artist 6.0 product. You may also access this at a later time by going to the START button/ Program/ Sierra/ PA6.0/ Convert Previous PA Layout to 6.0. You will be prompted to enter a Source Folder and a Destination Folder. The Source Folder will be the folder where the user has Print Artist 4.0/4.5 or CardsPlus documents. The Destination Folder will be the folder to which the converted documents are copied. The Source Folder must be different than the Destination Folder.

By selecting the check box, all user created documents found in the Source Folder will be copied to the Destination Folder, even if they do not require converting. This will allow you easy access to all of your documents from within PA 6.0, regardless of what version they were created in.

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Clicking on the Browse button will display a dialog allowing you to select a Source or Destination Folder (depending on which Browse button was clicked).

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The default directory for layouts is in the specific Print Artist folder. For Example, to convert documents from Print Artist 4.5 to Print Artist 6.0 from the default directories you would select the Source folder as C:\Sierra\PA45 and the Destination folder as C:\Sierra\PA6 to convert and/or copy those files from your Print Artist 4.5 directory into your Print Artist 6.0 directory. Clicking on the Convert Documents button will convert all documents found in the Source Folder and place them into the Destination Folder. The number of converted documents will be displayed next to the Signs Converted, and Gift Sets and Party Sets Converted. If the check box is selected, all documents found in the Source Folder will be copied to the Destination Folder. The number of documents copied will be displayed as Other Documents Copied. The application will detect if a document has already been converted. When this happens, a dialog will be displayed prompting you for an action to take.

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Clicking on Yes will convert the document again, creating another file with a different name in the Destination Folder. For example, converting Placemt1.pts a second time would create Placem~1.crf. If the application detects another file that has previously been converted, you will be prompted again for which action to take. Clicking on Yes to all will convert all documents previously converted again. If the application detects another file that has previously been converted, that document will be converted again without prompting the user. Clicking on No will not convert the document again. If the application detects another file that has previously been converted, the user will be prompted again for which action to take.

Clicking on No to all will not convert the document again. If the application detects another file that has previously been converted, the document will not be converted without prompting the user. Clicking on Cancel will stop the conversion process.

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File / Open Dialog Document Converter


The File / Open Dialog Document Converter allows you to access Print Artist 4.0/4.5 and CardsPlus documents via the File / Open dialog. To do this, click My Documents from the project splash screen or Open My Documents from the File menu. The List Files of Type drop down list box contains three file types that allow you to convert and open old document types.

These three file types are: PA 4.0, 4.5 Sign CardsPlus Party Set CardsPlus Gift Set

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For example, you could select the CardsPlus Party Set from the file type drop down list box and if the directory that was selected contained CardsPlus Party Set documents, their names would be displayed in the list box. No preview is available for these document types. The following message box will be displayed when you click on OK.

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If a document has been previously converted, the following message box will be
displayed:

What if there are Missing Graphics?


Once the converted document is opened in Print Artist 6.0, you may notice that some graphics are not displayed. Instead, a blue square with an X in it is displayed. This occurs when the document includes a graphic that is not available in Print Artist 6.0. In order to view the graphic, you must import the graphic files that are used in either Print Artist 4.0/4.5 or CardsPlus (depending on which application the document was created with). For example, if a Print Artist 4.0/4.5 Sign document was converted to a Print Artist 6.0 banner and some graphics are missing, you would need to import the appropriate Print Artist 4.0/4.5 graphics for use with Print Artist 6.0. Select Import from the File menu and select the directory where the Print Artist 4.0/4.5 graphics exist. Select one or more files from the Document Names list box. You may select multiple files by pressing the CTRL or SHIFT key and clicking on a file name with the mouse. Click on OK and Print Artist 6.0 will update the Graphics Grabber information. Close the document with the missing graphic and then reopen it. Your missing graphic should be displayed if the graphic file was imported. You may also add the Graphic Directory that contains your missing graphics by using the Graphic Directory Setup from the File menu and selecting Add. Please reference the Graphic Directory Setup section of the manual for more detailed instructions. Please note: Print Artist 4.0/4.5 or CardsPlus must be currently installed on your computer to import graphics.

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Technical Support

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North America
Sierra On-Line offers a 24-hour automated technical support line with recorded answers to the most frequently asked technical questions. To access this service, call (425) 644-4343, and follow the recorded instructions to find your specific topic and resolve the issue. If this fails to solve your problem, you may still write, or fax us with your questions, or contact us via our Web Site.
Sierra On-Line
Technical Support P.O. Box 85006 Bellevue,WA 98015-8506 Main: (425) 644-4343 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. PST Fax: (425) 644-7697 http://www.sierra.com e-mail: home@sierra.com

United Kingdom
Havas Interactive, Inc. offers a 24-hour Automated Technical Support line with recorded answers to the most frequently asked technical questions.To access this service, call (0118) 920-9111, and follow the recorded instructions to find your specific topic and resolve the issue. If this fails to solve your problem, you may still write, or fax us with your questions, or contact us via our Internet or CompuServe sites.
Havas Interactive, Inc.
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Italy Germany
Havas Interactive, Inc. Robert-Bosh-Str. 32 D-63303 Dreieich Deutschland

France
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Spain
Havas Interactive, Inc. Avenida de Burgos 9 1-OF2 28036 Madrid Spain Telefono: (01) 383-2623 Lunes a Viernes de 9h30 a 14h y de 15h a 18h30 Fax: (01) 381-2437

United States
Sierra Direct 7100 W. Center Rd, STE 301 Omaha, NE 68106 U.S.A. Sales Phone: (800) 757-7707 International Sales: (425) 746-5771 FAX: (402) 393-3224 Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 8 AM to 9PM CST Main: (0118) 920-9111 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fax: (0118) 987-5603

United Kingdom
Havas Interactive, Inc. 2 Beacontree Plaza, Gillette Way, Reading, Berkshire RG2 0BS United Kingdom

Disk/CD replacements in the U.K. are 6.00, or 7.00 outside the UK. Add ATTN.: Returns.

France
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Germany
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On-Line Sales
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The Sierra No-Risk Guarantee


The Promise: We want you to be happy with every Sierra product you purchase from us. Period. If for any reason you're unhappy with the Program, return it within 90 days of your purchase for an exchange or a full refund. The Only Catch: You've got to tell us why you don't like the Program. Otherwise, we'll never get any better. Send the Program back to us within 90 days of your purchase, postage prepaid, along with your original, dated sales receipt and we promise we'll make things right. *Returns valid in North America only. Disk and or Manual Replacement: Sierra On-Line Fulfillment 4100 West 190th Street Torrance, CA 90504 Product Returns:* Sierra On-Line Returns 4100 West 190th Street Torrance, CA 90504

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NOTE: To replace defective CD-ROM(s) please send all CD-ROM(s) and a copy of your dated receipt to the above fulfillment address, if less than 90 days from your purchase. After 90 days from your purchase, for replacement of defective Programs, you must also include a $10.00 check payable to Sierra On-Line, Inc. for shipping and handling fees along with all CD-ROM(s). For replacement Program documentation, you must include a $5.00 check payable to Sierra On-Line, Inc. for shipping and handling fees and a photocopy of the jewel case from the Program. Payment must be made at the time of your request. Sorry, no credit cards. Returns to this address valid in North America only.

On-Line PALs Help


Since its introduction, Print Artist has had a loyal following of users who are affectionately known as Print Artist Lovers (PALs). They are a grassroots fan club of Print Artist users who use on-line services to trade tips, post designs for downloading, or to talk about Print Artist.
America OnLine Prodigy Delphi keyword: Print Artist. Post messages in Artist Notes Jumpword: Computer BB. Scroll to Print Artist Text prompt: Go custom 232 enter

Visit the Print Artist web site for: Free downloadable graphics and layouts Print Artist Users Roundtable Tech Support Print Artist Users Shopping Guide to printing and craft supplies And much more... www.sierrahome.com/titles/printart/

New Features 2
New Interface
The Print Artist 6.0 product features a friendly intuitive interface with one button access to hundreds of creative projects, graphics, and quotes. Customize your projects with an endless amount of color, text and shape effects. With the ease of a click of a button, you can email your creations and make one-of-a-kind greetings that are fun and easy.

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Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking is a fun way to archive your personal memories in a colorful, informative journal with photographs, captions, special holiday decorative touches and much more. With Print Artist 6.0 you can conceive your own meaningful designs. What a fun way to save time and money, while expressing your own personal sense of style! The scrapbooking capabilities in Print Artist 6.0 are a perfect way to provide yourself and possibly your other scrapbooking buddies with fresh ideas and inspiration. Saving your personal history for family and friends is a wonderful gift that can last for generations. Imagine their surprise when presented with a personalized book of their triumphs and celebrations.

Spell Checker
Use the Spell Checker to verify spelling for any text in the Enter Text Dialogue box and suggest alternatives for misspelled words. You can configure the spell checker to ignore categories of words or make phonetic, typographical, or other suggestions. The spell checker can edit and use custom dictionaries.

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Basic Terms 3
Things to Know

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Basic Terms Things to Know

These are the most commonly used terms in this program. You may already be familiar with most of these. Understanding these basic terms can make using the program even easier and faster.

Active Frame Clipboard

The active frame is the frame that has been selected.The next command chosen will apply to it. A temporary, invisible storage area in Windows that retains the last cut or copied object (or linked set of objects) until it is pasted in another document or the current document. An area of the Customize Color dialog box that displays the colors available for use in Print Artist 6.0. The screen background on which your document appears. The Desktop functions as a worktable. A box that appears on your screen when you choose a menu command that requires you to make an additional choice. Anything you create using Print Artist 6.0. See the Project List Overview for a complete set of available projects.Your document may include graphics, text, or a combination of both. Editing includes such actions as cutting, pasting, copying, resizing or applying colors and effects to objects (text and graphics). Sending your document, selected text or graphic to another area on your computer. See Frames and Functions for more details. A tool to color in blocks of space in a document. Fills help to enrich your documents design with color.

Color Palette Desktop (Workspace) Dialog Box

Document

Edit

Export

Fill

Font Grab Handle

A complete set of characters, numbers and symbols for a given typeface; a style of typeface. A small box that appears in or on the edge of a frame, and indicates that a function will be activated by grabbing it with the mouse. An illustration from the Print Artist 6.0 art library. Empty frames in a template for the insertion of text blocks or graphics. Also known as Wire Frame. This function accesses graphics from other files on your computer that you may have scanned or loaded.

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Graphic Guide Frame Import

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Layout or Project A fully formatted and designed, ready-to-print document included in Print Artist 6.0. Object Point Project Type Text block, fill or graphic that has been inserted in a Print Artist 6.0 document. A measure of type used by printers that indicates the height of type on a page. One of the many kinds of premade layouts/projects you can select with Print Artist 6.0: Birthday Cards, Holiday Cards, Crafts, Scrapbook materials, etc. A command that limits the movement of objects within a pre-defined, invisible grid or rules on a page.This command allows you to align two or more frames more precisely than just dropping them in. A special kind of graphic to which effects can be applied. A blank document with guide (or wire) frames representing text blocks and graphics already in place. A template gives a standard design solution for common document types. A group of words or letters that have been inserted into a document. A command that can be turned on or off. A way of changing how to view a project on screen, either magnified or reduced.

Snap to Grid

Symbols Template

Text Block Toggle Zoom

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Reference Chart
These keyboard commands access dialog boxes that guide you through most aspects of any project. You can easily move through the program with this handy chart, whether to open a new project, to save a project, or to use one of the many design tools.

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Keyboard Reference Chart

Dialog Boxes
Dialog boxes are extremely useful tools that will guide you through your projects. The main difference between Print Artist 6.0 dialog boxes and dialog boxes in other Windows programs is the addition of the Preview screen, which allows you to see what you are selecting before you confirm the selection.

Other Dialog Boxes


The TAB key moves from one option or list to another in a specific dialog box. Use the arrow keys to move through any list in that box. Use the Spacebar or Enter key to select items depending on which dialog box you are in.

Keyboard Reference Chart


File Commands: New Document Open Document Save Save As Ctrl+N Ctrl+O Ctrl+S F12 Print Ctrl+P Export Ctrl+E Exit Print Artist 6.0 Alt+F4

When in a Document: Activate Menu Bar Alt key Move across Menu Bar [ ] and [ ] File Menu Alt+F Edit Menu Alt+E View Menu Alt+V Insert Menu Alt+I

Font Menu Effect Menu Color Menu Shape Menu Alignment Menu Help Menu

Alt+N Alt+T Alt+C Alt+S Alt+A Alt+H

Object Menu Insert Commands: Insert Text Insert Fill

Alt+O

Move through Options [

] and [

Keyboard

Ctrl+T Ctrl+F

Insert Graphic Insert Background

Ctrl+G Ctrl+B

Edit Commands: Undo Last Action Ctrl+Z Cut Copy Active Frame Ctrl+C Paste a Cut or Select All Ctrl+A Copied Frame Duplicate Active Frame Ctrl+D Edit Active Object Delete Active Frame Delete Replace Currently Selected Object With Cut or Copied Frame Object Commands: Bring Active Object Forward Send Active Object Backward Group Active Objects Maximize Ungroup Active Object Rotate Grouped Objects Resize Grouped Objects Help View Commands: Fit in Window Zoom 100% Zoom in Zoom Out Zoom On Selection Hide Selection Redraw Now Show All Zoom in on Point at Mouse Cursor Zoom out on Point at Mouse Cursor

Ctrl+X Ctrl+V Shift + Enter Insert

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Alt + on the number pad Alt - on the number pad Ctrl+Y Ctrl+M Ctrl+U Ctrl+ [ ] or Ctrl+ [ ] Ctrl+[ ] or Ctrl+[ ] F1

Ctrl+W Ctrl+1 Ctrl + on the number pad Ctrl - on the number pad Ctrl+Q Ctrl+H Ctrl+R Ctrl+J Ctrl+Dbl. Click + left button Ctrl+Dbl. Click + right button

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The Toolbar 5
Your Art Supply Box
Consider the Toolbar as your desktop art supply box that provides immediate retrieval of the various functions of the document. When you first open Print Artist 6.0, the toolbar automatically opens, too. To Show the Toolbar, or to Hide the Toolbar, choose Toolbar from the View menu. When you need a tool from the Toolbar, simply click on the icon you need. The icons on the following page represent these functions.

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The Toolbar Your Art Supply Box

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Change Project Type Create a New Project

Returns you to the Pick a Project Screen. Open the Select New (project type) dialog box in the document type currently open on the Desktop (or Workspace). Allows you to open a previously saved document. Saves the current document. Opens the Print Control Panel/Preview dialog box. Imports graphics.

Open an Existing Document Save the Active Document Print the Active Document Import a New Graphic into Document

Insert a Text Object

Opens the Insert Text dialog box for text entry or to select a quote.

The Toolbar

Insert a Graphic Object Opens the Insert New Graphic dialog box for the insertion of graphics into a document. Insert Print Artist 6.0 Opens the Graphics Grabber to view CD Graphics Grabber CD graphics. Allows you to navigate the CD graphic collections. (Note:These must be Print Artist Graphic Collections for the Graphics Grabber to work. Use Import for all other graphics.) Insert a Fill Insert a Basic Shape Show/Hide Font Palette Show/Hide Effect Palette Show/Hide Color Palette Show/Hide Shape Palette Align Object Left Center Object Horizontally Align Object Right Justify Object Inserts a Fill into a document. Opens the Graphics Grabber dialog box with the Basic Shapes category open. Toggle which displays or closes the palette of fonts available for use in Print Artist 6.0. Toggle which displays or closes the palette with the variety of effects which may be applied to text, fills, basic shapes and symbols in Print Artist 6.0. Toggle which displays or closes the palette of colors available for use in Print Artist 6.0. Toggle which displays or closes the palette of shapes which may be applied to objects in Print Artist 6.0. Aligns the selected object (including text) to the left frame border. Aligns the selected object (including text) horizontally in the center of the active frame. Aligns the selected object (including text) to the right frame border. Justifies object in a selected text block to both the left and right of the frame by adding or removing spaces in between words or centers other objects/types horizontally within frame.

Your Art Supply Box


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Stretch Object Horizontally Stretch Object Vertically Word Wrap Text

Stretches a selected object between the left right borders of its frame. Stretches a selected object to fill its frame between top and bottom borders. Toggles Word Wrap on and off. This will automatically move text to the next line when it comes to the right edge of the frame. These buttons take you directly to the desired page view of any greeting card, from left to right (or top to bottom for top fold cards): Show Card Front Side, Show Card Inside Left (or Top), Show Card Inside Right (or Bottom), Show Card Backside. Opens your E-mail software and sends the active project as a .GIF file to whomever you choose. Note: Specialty Products, Banners & Calendars will not e-mail. Clicking this button will open your Web Browser and take you to the Print Artist 6.0 Web Site.

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The Toolbar Your Art Supply Box

Page Turners

Send Document as E-mail

Print Artist Web Site

Label Toolbar
When you are making labels you will notice an additional toolbar. The Label Toolbar allows you to navigate between the many labels you are producing within one stack. For example, you may want twenty labels with the same return address and graphic design but the mailing addresses will be different for each of the twenty labels. By using the Label toolbar you will be able to edit the text of each label individually.

The following buttons are contained in the Label Toolbar: NEW |< < > >| DEL Adds an additional label to your stack of labels. Goes to the first label in a stack. Goes back one label. Goes forward one label. Goes to the last label in a stack Deletes the current visible label.

The Toolbar

There is also a count of the number of labels in the stack as well as the number of the active label. For example, if the Label toolbar says 4 of 15, you are currently working on the fourth label in a stack of fifteen.

Your Art Supply Box

Scrapbooking Toolbar
Scrapbooking is a fun way to creatively archive your personal memories in a colorful, informative journal with photographs, captions, special holiday decorative touches, and more. Print Artist 6.0 allows you to easily create electronic scrapbooks using the Scrapbook project type. A variety of scrapbook layouts are provided to assist you in creating custom scrapbooks or scrapbooks organized around special days or themes. Print Artist 6.0 includes the following scrapbook types:

Blank Background Paper Frames and Borders Cut-Outs Journal Pages Birthdays Early Years Family

Family Tree Holiday Pages Pets School Special Days Vacation Other

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The following buttons are contained in the Scrapbook Toolbar: INSERT APPEND |< < > >| DEL Adds a new page on the same location, moves your current scrapbook page up. Adds a new page on the same location, moves your current scrapbook page down. Goes to the first scrapbook page. Goes back one scrapbook page. Goes forward one scrapbook page. Goes to the last scrapbook page. Deletes the current visible page.

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The Toolbar Your Art Supply Box

To create a scrapbook:

1 2 3

From the Projects dialog box, select Scrapbook. From the Categories list box, select a theme, holiday, or other scrapbook element. Refine your selection by selecting additional elements in the Layouts list box and click OK.

Customize scrapbook elements, or place additional graphics, pictures, or other elements in your scrapbook. Scrapbook files are limited to a maximum of 10 pages. If your scrapbook exceeds 10 pages, we recommend breaking your scrapbook into separate files.

Creating

Creating

Project List Overview


This is a list of all of the available projects in Print Artist 6.0, and where each of the areas will take you:

MY DOCUMENTS is the area that stores your documents. See the Open and Save Documents section for more details. Click on this button to return to the previous screen. This button will direct you to HELP. You can also press FI to retrieve the HELP section. The QUIT button will exit the program.

Project List Overview

Birthday Cards Blank Families Friends Men and Women Children Other Blank Business Sentiment

All Occasion Cards Friendship Congratulations Other

Holiday Cards Blank Spring Summer Fall Winter Other

Announcement Cards Blank Anniversary Graduation New Baby Wedding Other

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Scrapbooks Blank Background Papers Frames and Borders Cut-Outs Journal Pages Birthdays Early Years Family Family Tree Holiday Pages Pets School Special Days Vacation Other

Gift Boxes Novelty Cards Ornaments Stationery Holders Place Mats

Hats Menu Napkin Rings Place Cards Other

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Creating Project List Overview

Stationery Enclosure Cards Envelopes Postcards Letters

Banners and Signs Blank Templates All Occasion Announcements Event Birthdays Business Holidays Education Other

Specialty Products Avery Templates Avery Kids Avery Personal Creations Kodak Photo Paper Business and Enclosure Cards Mailing Labels Postcards Recipe Cards Stickers Other

Calendars Blank Monthly Yearly

Certificates Blank Templates Business Education Family Other

Craft Sets Blank Craft Patterns Clock Faces Doorknob Hangers Bookmarks Frames Gift Bags Gift Baskets Recipes Town Business Education Family Coasters Tags Wrap

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My Documents

When you click on the MY DOCUMENTS button, your documents will be organized by Project Type.

Ready...Set...Create!

Starting a New Project


After youve installed Print Artist 6.0, the opening screen will display all the project choices available. Each Project type has a sub-directory so you can choose precisely the project you wish. Simply click on the desired project, and begin creating. See the instructions in this guide for saving your project in progress or your completed document.

Creating a New Document

You Can Create a Project in any one of four ways 1 Create your own document from scratch using a blank. 2 Begin with a template, which is a special kind of blank containing guide
frames.

3 Begin with one of the premade layouts from Print Artist 6.0 which you can
easily modify for your own needs.

4 Begin with a document you created earlier and saved. Note: Select Open
Copy if you would like to keep your previously saved document unchanged.

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First open the Projects screen by one of the following ways:

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My Documents Ready...Set...Create!

1 Opening the program will start with the Projects screen. 2 Clicking on the Change Project Type button in the Toolbar. 3 Select Projects...from the File menu. To Choose a Project: 1 Click on the Project Icon button of the desired project type or 2 Use TAB key to scroll through project types and press ENTER key when
desired project type is highlighted.
Note: Greeting Cards and Stationery have an intermediate screen that asks you to choose a specific card occasion or stationery type. Once you have done this, you will see the appropriate dialog box. Next, decide whether you want to work with a blank or a template (or in the case for greeting cards, fold pattern). Then click to highlight Blank, Template, or the category from which you wish to choose a layout. If you wish to close your current document and open another in the same project type, choose New (project type)... from the File menu, Press Ctrl+N, or Click on the Create a New Project button. This returns you to the Select New (project type) screen. To open a different project type from the Workspace (Desktop) screen, choose Projects... from the File menu or Click on the Change Project Type button in the Toolbar.

Opening Saved Documents


You can access your documents with the Open an Existing Document button, or select My Documents from the File menu.

To open a saved document from the MY DOCUMENTS section or the Select Project Type screen, follow these instructions:

1 Click My Documents on the Projects screen or select it from the File menu.

2 A dialog box opens which lists the descriptive names of all of your saved
files, the types of files, and directory list.

My Documents

3 Select the type of Document by choosing it from the pull down menu for
List Files of Type.

4 Highlight descriptive name and click OK or press Enter key.

Saving a Document

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There are two ways to save a document. The first is to save something thats just been created (a new Document), and give it a name. Choose names that are descriptive and easily recognizable so that when you open your work again, you will be able to easily access documents, such as one you may have done months ago. Second, you can also use Save As to save your work to a different existing directory or as a different name so it doesnt overwrite your original document.

To Save a Document 1 Choose the Save or Save As command from the File menu (or use the
Keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + S or F12).

2 Type in a descriptive name of up to 32 characters (including spaces) and


press ENTER (or you can tab down to File name and type in your own DOS name.)

3 Print Artist 6.0 will make up a DOS file name based on the descriptive
name.The name will be based on DOS rules, such as no quotation marks, no asterisks, 8 character limit, etc.

Filename/Project type .ban/ Banner/ Signs .pc/ Postcard .bc/ Enclosure Card .gc/ Greeting Cards .lth/ Letter .cer/ Certificates

Filename/ Project type .cal/ Calendar .env/ Envelope .sbk/ Scrapbook .crf/ Crafts .lbl/ Specialty Products

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Saving an Existing Project, Renaming a Project


Sometimes you need to save a project under a different name. For example, say you designed a birthday card you really like for a five year old boy. Your child is going to another birthday party soon for another child, and you want to reuse the same design with the new name. Open the birthday card you created, and use the Save As command to save under a new name. Or, you can use the Open Copy command to open a copy of the card without changing your original card.

To Save as or Rename a Project: 1 Choose the Save As from the File menu or use the keyboard shortcut
(F12 key).

2 Highlight the name you wish to change. 3 Type the new name and click Save or press RETURN or ENTER.
Note: You must ENTER a new DOS filename to save the document as a new document, or you will write over your original project. Changing the descriptive name only will not create a new file in your Print Artist 6.0 subdirectory.

To Change the File Location: 1 Click the arrow beside the Drives List to display a list of available drives. 2 Select the desired drive from among those listed. 3 Click in the Directories List and use the arrows to move through those
listed.

4 Select the desired directory from the list by double-clicking it or pressing


ENTER.

5 Confirm your choice by clicking OK or pressing ENTER.

Deleting Saved Projects


To Delete Saved Projects: 1 Open the File menu and choose Delete Files.This will open the Delete Files
dialog box. The Delete Files dialog box will automatically open with any documents you have saved in the current document type box (i.e., Greeting Cards) listed.

My Documents Ready...Set...Create

2 If you wish to delete a file from another document type, click the down
arrow next to the box displaying the current document type to display a drop-down list of files by type.Then click to choose the desired document type.

3 If your document is stored on another drive, click the arrow to pull down
the Drives List and choose the correct drive. If they are stored in another directory, click the Directories List to choose the correct one.

4 Click the descriptive name of the document you want to delete. Its shown in
the preview screen.

5 Click the Delete button.

Exiting

To Exit the Program: 1 Press the Esc key to close all active Toolbars and Boxes. 2 Save any projects on which you are currently working. 3 Choose Exit from the File menu or Alt + F4.

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Your Creative Capabilities
There are several important maneuvering tools you will master while using Print Artist 6.0. Most of the skill is acquired through practice, but here is a guide to explain the key functions of the program.

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Working Your Creative Capabilities

Frames and Functions Resizing Graphics


The frame is an essential feature of Print Artist 6.0. Mastering this tool means youve mastered both text and graphic manipulation and layout. Every object is surrounded by a frame. To activate a frame, click anywhere within the frame. You can activate each succeeding frame, one at a time, by pressing the TAB key. Tab through the desired object. Then move the cursor over the frame until the desired cursor shape appears. The shape of the cursor tells you what command it is prepared to execute.
Skew grab handle Corner resize grab handle Corner resize grab handle Center move handle Horizontal resize grab handle Corner resize grab handle Vertical resize grab handle Vertical resize grab handle Rotate grab handle Horizontal resize grab handle Corner resize grab handle

Grab handles are the small boxes attached to the lines of the frame. Each grab handle has a function. To move, resize, rotate or skew an object (text or a graphic), grab one of the appropriate handles with your mouse and drag it. Releasing the mouse button will end the action.

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Corner Resizing Arrow


The corner resizing arrow allows you to change the height and width of the frame. To keep the correct proportions of text, fills and basic shapes inserted from the Object menu, press Shift while resizing or use the center button of a three-button mouse.

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Moving Function
When you want to move an entire frame, Print Artist 6.0 will give you a HAND! A hand cursor indicates the Moving Function. This allows you to drag or move the active frame around the document and onto the Desktop. Nothing within the frame changes when its moved this way. For most resizing and moving functions, you must grab the frame before pressing the Shift or Ctrl keys to activate a frame. To keep the frame on a horizontal or vertical line, simply press the Shift key while moving the frame. The best way to move a frame is to grab the center handle of the frame by moving the cursor over the center handle. The frame can be moved when the cursor changes to a hand.

Shrink-to-Fit
This command is in the Object menu. This feature allows you to automatically fit the frame to the borders of selected graphics or text.

Vertical Resizing Arrow


This arrow allows you to increase or decrease the height of the frame while keeping the width constant. Pressing the Shift key or using the center button of a three-button mouse while executing this function will constrain the change in frame height to specific increments (8 points) on an invisible grid.

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Horizontal Resizing Arrow


This arrow allows you to increase or decrease the width of the frame while keeping its height constant. Pressing Shift or using the center button of a three-button mouse while executing this function will constrain the change in horizontal orientation to specific increments (8 points) on an invisible grid.

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Resizing Around the Center


When you have centered an object on the document and want to resize it without having to re-center it, this is a useful grab handle. Press the Alt key while resizing, or choose Resize around Center from the View menu to use this option. Ctrl + up or down arrow keys will resize the object around the center, bigger or smaller.

Rotation
To tilt the frame from any angle, use the Rotation grab handle. The contents of the frame are not altered, only their angle. The frame rotates around its own center, not the center of the document. The handle in the center of the frame shows the center for the rotation for that frame. Pressing Shift while executing this function constrains rotation to 15 increments. Also, Ctrl + left or right arrow keys will rotate the object.

Skewing
Skewing bends your text or graphic to the side. As with rotating, pressing Shift will skew to 15 increments. Skewing cannot be previewed on the screen, so you may make a change you didnt intend. If thats the case, choose Undo from the Edit menu, or Ctrl + Z immediately after skewing (dont save!!). This will allow you to manually return the skewed object to its original orientation. If you did save, the Revert command in the File menu takes you back to the last saved version of the document, and can be used to correct skews.

Snap to Grid and Precision Placement


There are two ways to work with the objects in your document. Normally, Print Artist 6.0 allows you to move your objects freely. Sometimes, though, you may want your objects to align themselves automatically on an invisible grid on the document. Choose Snap to Grid under the View menu to align objects in 1/8 increments on this grid. Of course, the grid will not show up when you print.

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Wire Frame Preview

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You can toggle this command on and off under the View menu. Wire Frame Preview is helpful when youre working with many objects. This shows all of the objects as outlined frames only. These wire frames look the same on your screen as the blank guide frames in Templates. As you begin to work with more complex graphics using many layers and elements, Wire Frame Preview helps you organize and preview your documents layout. It also helps to grab small or hard-to-grab frames. Press the TAB key to go from frame to frame quickly and easily.

Working with Overlapping Frames


Use the TAB key to move through the frames until you activate the one you want; only manipulate the frame with the cursor when the correct cursor type is showing, ie. hand to move or arrows. You can manipulate an underlying frame only when the active cursor is showing (when the cursor is over frame handles).

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Linking and Grouping Functions


You will need to learn how to link frames when copying or pasting a collection of graphic elements from one project to another. Linking frames allows you to work with many separate frames as one, while still allowing you to change objects within the separate frames if necessary (by unlinking). Linked frames are different from grouped frames; linked frames are still treated as separate objects and not as a group. Each frame will still rotate, skew and resize around its own center, not the center of the linked frames.

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Here are three ways you can link frames:

1 Choose one of the four Select All commands from the Edit menu. 2 Press Shift while you click each object you want to select. 3 Draw a box around the objects (marquee select). Imagine the size of the
box that would include all the objects. Position the pointer at one of the corners of this box and press the left mouse button while dragging the pointer diagonally across the screen. Drag until you have included all the items in the box.The box needs to be big enough to include every part of each frame you want to link. Once its big enough, release the mouse button. Youll see the outlined frames on the screen.

Grouping Frames
With this function, the center of the group of linked frames becomes the center. This allows you to resize and rotate groups of objects while maintaining their relationship with one another. To group objects, link desired frames then go to Object menu and select Group from the pull-down menu. With both Linking and Grouping, practice each technique to investigate how the frames react differently to these commands.

Unlinking Frames
Here are three ways to unlink frames:

1 To unlink all frames at once, click once anywhere in your document (except
within a frame) or on the Desktop.

2 Go to Object menu and select Ungroup from the pull-down menu or click
Ctrl+U for grouped frames.

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3 Press Shift while you click once with the left mouse button on the frame(s)
you want to unlink.
Left: Unlinked HELLO graphics. Right: Linked HELLO graphics.

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Importing and Exporting

Importing Graphics from Other Documents


To import a graphic, you must first have a document open. Then choose Import from the File menu. A dialog box opens that allows you to browse through directories and specify the format to import.

Types of files that can be imported include: .wmf (Windows Metafile) .bmp .jpg .eps .gfx

.pcx

Exporting to Other Documents


To export to another document, first make the graphic active in your document. Choose Export from the File menu. A dialog box opens for you to give the graphic a file name. Specify the format in which you want the graphic exported. You must also indicate to which directory you will export.

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These are the following formats Print Artist 6.0 allows for exporting: .bmp (bitmap) .eps (encapsulated postscript) .wmf (Windows Metafile)

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Cutting and Pasting


Cut and Paste can also be used for importing or exporting text or graphics. Since Cut and Paste functions are standard in Windows, you may want to use these functions to import graphics and text from other Windows applications. For example, youve typed up some text for a birthday party invitation. Copy the text from that application, and paste it into your Print Artist 6.0 document.

Rulers
On-screen rulers can be very helpful when working on a project. To use a ruler, choose Rulers from the View menu.

Palettes
Palettes are organized groups of tools available for you to use in Print Artist 6.0. In this program, the palettes are sub-menus from the standard Windows menus. These palettes include Effects, Fonts, Colors and Shapes. You can keep these palettes displayed on your screen while youre working on a document for quick access to the various characteristics you wish to provide your document. Like an artist at an easel, your palettes keep your artistic tools readily available. To open a Palette...select it from the Toolbar or appropriate Menu dropdown list. When you move a Palette, Print Artist 6.0 saves your Palette placements if you check Save Palette placement in the View menu.

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The Customize Color dialog box


The Customize Color dialog box allows you to completely control the colors of the selected graphic or text object.

To change a color, select a surface from the Surface List. Then click on a color in the color palette. You will see the selected surface change instantly to the new color. You will also see the name of the color below the color palette. The Blend button is useful for coloring multiple surfaces. For some graphics and text

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effects, the Surface List includes several surfaces that are consecutively numbered. If you select a color for the first numbered surface and another color for the last numbered surface, then when you click on Blend, intermediate colors will instantly be assigned to intermediate surfaces. For objects to which effects have been applied, the Blend option generates a gradation of colors between the first and last layers, shades, outlines, faces, or strata in the object. There must be a logical path between the chosen colors for Print Artist 6.0 to perform this function. If there is no path, the Blend button will be grayed out. The original white and original black surfaces in graphics are not affected by this option.

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Clicking Reverse will take all the colors currently coloring certain surfaces and apply them to the surfaces in reverse order. Clicking Rotate will take all the colors currently coloring certain surfaces and rotate them through those surfaces. Clicking Invert will change the color of each surface to its complementary color. Clicking Lighten will lighten the color of each surface. Colors can be lightened several times. Clicking Mono will change each color to a shade of gray. Clicking Revert will change all the colors back to what they were when you first entered the Customize Color dialog box.

The Color palette is different from the Color menu in Print Artist 6.0 in that it can be dragged to any part of the Desktop for quick reference any time you need it and, if moved away from the Toolbar, it will remain open on screen until you close it (by clicking the X in the upper right corner of the palette or by clicking the toggle button on the Toolbar.) Also, unlike menus, palettes have a scrolling area where their many options are listed. To move a palette, place the pointer in the title bar and hold down the left mouse button while dragging the palette to the part of your screen where you want it. Print Artist 6.0 will save your palette placements, even when you exit the program, unless you turn off the Save Palette Placement function on the View menu. To activate a palette that has been left open on screen, click anywhere in the palette. Palettes may be opened using the More...option from the corresponding menus, or by pushing the buttons on the Toolbar. Palettes contain all the options (except More...) available on the menus, as well as the added choices available in the lists. Note: Palettes left in place under the Toolbar will close once you have chosen an item from them, just as menus do.

The Color palette

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Graphics, Fills, Shapes, and Symbols


Graphics are fully crafted illustrations or photos. When inserting a graphic (except JPGs or BMPs) you can assign a new frame shape, twist the shape within the frame, change its alignment within a frame and change the color applied to its surfaces, but you cannot actually edit anything within the frame. When you choose a graphic, only a copy of the graphic is inserted into the project. The only option for graphics is the flipped effect.

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Fill, Shape and Symbol Characteristics


All fills, shapes and symbols have four components (but only some of them are visible when a fill, shape or symbol is inserted).

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Background outline Face outline Frame background Face

All text blocks, plain fills, basic shapes and symbols are inserted with the frame background outline. Frame background and face outline are automatically set with the color choice set to transparent.

Fills are rectangles that are colored in. They are often used to fill in white space, helping to off-set text and graphics. Shapes are basic geometric forms that are also colored-in. They may be inserted from the Insert menu as well as from the Graphics library. Symbols are representational shapes filled in with color.You can choose from three groups of symbols: Categories, Symbols and Nations.

Inserting Graphics, Fills, Shapes and Symbols


All fills, shapes and symbols have default insertion colors assigned to them. You can change these colors by choosing a color from the Color menu or Palette, or by using the Customize Color option. You can also apply colors individually to any fill and symbol sections. To customize colors, you sometimes must select a color from the Palette (other than the pre-set color) before the Customize button will be active.

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To insert a fill:

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1 The Fill command inserts a solid-colored square, which is the fills visible
face. All other sections are transparent.

2 The Background Fill command (Ctrl + F) inserts a fill sized to fit the
document and automatically places it behind other objects in the document.

3 The Frame command inserts a fill with the face set to transparent and the
face outline set to black. To insert a basic shape:

1 Access the Basic Shapes directly from the Insert menu. You can also find
this category by choosing Graphic from the Insert menu and setting Basic Shapes as the graphics category.

2 Basic shapes can also be accessed on the Toolbar. Note: Shapes can be
modified using the Effects mode. To insert a symbol:

1 Symbols can be found in two categories in the Graphics library. The symbols
category contains items like the recycling symbol. Nation symbols are found in the Places category.

2 Symbols can be modified using the Effects mode. Symbols can only be
flipped when lowercase s category.

To insert a new graphic:

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1 Choose Graphic from the Insert menu, or click the Graphic button on the
Toolbar. Scroll through the categories or Keywords until the desired category is visible. Click the category name to highlight it.

2 Scroll through the Graphics list, or use the up arrow or the down arrow. 3 Click a name to highlight the graphic and display it on the preview window.
Double-click the graphic in the Preview window or its highlighted name in the Graphics list, or press the ENTER key or click Okay to insert graphic. To replace an existing graphic:

1 Activate the frame around the unwanted graphic by selecting it, then doubleclick the graphic to edit it, or select Change Graphic from Edit menu or Shift + Enter.

2 The Graphics Grabber dialog box indicates the origination of the graphic. If
you want to replace the original graphic with one from the same category, just scroll in the graphics list and select it.

3 If you want to replace the original graphic with one from a different category,
return to the Category list and choose the category you want and then select it from the graphics list.

4 Replacement graphics will be inserted at the same frame size and orientation
as the original graphic. Once you have inserted a graphic in a document, the graphics category and its descriptive name will remain highlighted.

5 The next time you look at the Graphics Grabber in this session, you will
see your previous selection on the preview screen (unless you are working with a template).

Insertion Points for Graphics, Symbols and Fills


Print Artist 6.0 automatically inserts all graphics, symbols and fills in the horizontal and vertical center of the Desktop. Remember the center of your document may not be the center of the Desktop, so if you want to insert a new object in another location, use the View, Zoom commands or the Desktop scroll bars to change the location of the center of the Desktop and then insert your graphic or text block.

Inserting Backgrounds and Borders


You can insert backgrounds and borders as you do other graphics (by choosing the Graphic command from the Insert menu). They will be inserted in the standard default frame size. However, you can also insert them already sized to fit your entire document by using the special Background and Border commands on the Insert menu.

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Graphic Directory Setup

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The Graphic Directory Setup command displays the Graphic Directory Setup dialog box, which you can use to set where Print Artist 6.0 searches for all of the program's graphics. To change a directory, first select the type of graphic for which you want to set up directories (in the Graphic Type list box). You can add multiple directories to the list of directories for each type of graphic.

The total number of graphics currently stored on your hard disk is displayed next to Grand Total. The total number of files for the currently selected graphic type is displayed next to Total For Type.

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The count of the number of graphics in a directory is displayed next to each directory path. For GFX files, the count equals the number of vector images that are contained in the GFX files in a particular directory. To add a directory to the list of graphics locations for the currently selected graphic type, click Add. The Select Directory dialog box opens. To replace an existing directory with a different directory in the list of directories for the currently selected graphic type, click Replace. To delete a directory from the list of directories for the currently selected graphic type, click Del. To set the directory to be used for importing files of the current graphic type, select a directory name in the list of directories, then click Set As Import.

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System Directory Setup

The System Directory Setup command displays the System Directory Setup dialog box. This is where you tell Print Artist 6.0 to search for the programs layouts and fonts and to store your saved documents.

To change any of the directories, click on the directory name you want to change. You can then either type in a new directory name, or click on Browse to choose a directory by navigating. If you click on the Count button, it will display the number of relevant items in each directory.

Select Directory
The Select Directory dialog lets you choose a subdirectory graphically, without typing in the path name. This dialog box opens when you click Browse in the System Directory Setup dialog box, or when you click Add or Replace in the Graphic Directory Setup dialog box. The path name for the directory currently chosen is shown above the list box in the Select Directory dialog box. The first item listed is the drive letter. The next items are a chain of subdirectories, which comprise the path name of the selected directory. The items below the one at which the cursor is positioned are subdirectories of the currently selected directory. To change the directory, use the mouse to move up or down through the list box. Double click to select a directory, then click OK. You will then still be in the Select Directory dialog box, but the name of the currently selected path name (above the list box) will have changed. You may have to repeat this process several times to get to the directory you want. Once the directory you are looking for appears above the list box, click OK once more to return to the Graphic Directory Setup or System Directory Setup dialog box.

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You can click CANCEL any time to go back to Graphic Directory Setup or System Directory Setup without having changed anything.

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How to Find Graphics


To find the graphics you want to use for different projects, you should become acquainted with the different options you have for searching. The keywords and categories that you search for can make a big difference in how successful you are at finding the graphics you want. You can search for graphics in Print Artist 6.0 using two methods:

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Method 1 Use the Graphics Grabber and select a search option: By Category By Keyword By Text Item Method 2 Import graphics using the Import command in the File menu. Use this method for graphics that do not come with Print Artist (e.g. from clip art packs, digital cameras, scanners, etc.). For more information on importing, please see Importing From Other Programs in Help.

Searching Using Keywords 1 Open the Graphics Grabber and click the Keywords option.Type the
description of the graphic you are looking for to see all graphics that fit that description. Browse the results for specific graphics.

2 If you dont find the graphic you want, enter a broader search term. For
example, if you enter the search term Beagle and you dont get results, then try using the term Dogs. If Dogs does not return any results, try Dogs & Cats. Then browse the list of results for the specific graphic or graphics you want.

The broadest keyword searches often find major categories of graphics, such as Animals or Sports. Sometimes these categories include the term Mixed or General, such as People Mixed, or Advertising General. Because broader keyword searches are similar to searching by category, you may want to search using the Categories option (see Searching Using Categories below). With this option, you can browse categories and subcategories to find the graphics you want. You can use the Graphics Grabber Category list itself as a reference for browsing graphics.

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Searching Using Categories


One of the most successful methods for finding graphics is to browse by Category. Each category is organized alphabetically by each illustrations descriptive name. To search by category, click the Categories option in the Graphics Grabber and click on various category names to browse through the list of graphics for each category. If no graphics exist for a category (say, People Tourists) then the list will not show that category. You can browse the category list quickly by using the scroll bar, pressing Page Up or Page Down, or by typing the first letters of the major category name you want to see. (When you type the first letters, there is no blank box to type into just start typing.) Print Artist graphics are categorized into 90 major categories. When you click on the Categories option, the Graphics Grabber will display the 90 categories and their associated subcategories. To some degree, some major categories overlap. You will want to check several categories when you have not yet found your perfect graphic, or you want to see every graphic associated with a subject. For example, Animals is a very large graphic category. You can see how this major category, Animals, has been divided into subcategories.

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Dashes are used to separate the major category from the subcategories: Animals-Aquatic-Fish When a geographic location is important to the subject, that location is added in brackets. Landmarks [U.S.]

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Searching By Text Items


To do this, you must have text inserted into your document. Go to the Graphics Grabber and click the text items radio button. Graphics will appear in the Graphics Grabber that corresponds to the text on the document. This works for Items that have been keyworded, especially nouns like, Cat & Dog. It does not work for most descriptive words, like Bright or Blue.

Descriptions of Graphic Categories


Use the following descriptions of graphics categories as a reference for browsing for graphics. These categories apply to the extra graphics CDs. Abstract Designs All styles of abstract designs that essentially lack subject content. Promotional sales headings, slogans, signs, and motivational graphics. People, scenes, activities, equipment, buildings, machines, tools, and supplies related to agriculture. Individual letters of alphabets, numbers, and punctuation. Also included are specialized and symbol alphabets such as Morse code, sign language, and foreign alphabets. Individual letters can be used as decorative capital letters. For words related to a specific subject see the major heading also. For all types of objects, scenes, and people that clearly depict the history and culture of the United States, Also look at the following major categories: Cultural Heritage/ Native Amer.

Advertising

Agriculture

Alphabets

Americana

Western & Rodeo

Anatomy

Graphics of human anatomy from a medical and scientific standpoint. For all kinds of animals including extinct animals, microscopic animals, mythical animals, and related topics such as animal tracks, dwellings, and related objects and activities. See Fantasy for animals that do not exist except in our imaginations. Look here for buildings, structures, features, statues, tools, and activities of architecture. Includes non-western architecture. All types of curved and straight arrows. Activities, objects, and people related to all disciplines of art except music and crafts that are their own Major Categories. Includes works of art as well. Search for Fine Art using the keyword search in the Graphics Grabber to find premium images. All the symbols and icons related to Astrology including the zodiac signs. All types of banners (with or without text) including blank banners. See Borders, Signs, and Templates for similar graphics. Subjects of human grooming, hair salons, hair accessories, cosmetics, beauty supplies, and related topics. Rectangular, square, and round borders including the pieces to make borders: corners, and horizontal or vertical dividers. People, objects, and activities of business and industry (except & Office computers). Includes documents, charts, and graphs, motivational titles, furniture, office supplies/equipment, office buildings, and people in professional settings. See Computers for examples of computers and computer-related peripherals and supplies. All types of buttons. Templates and graphics needed to make calendars.

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Animals

Architecture

Arrows Art

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Astrology

Banners

Beauty

Borders

Business

Buttons Calendars

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Classic Woodcuts

The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic styles. All types of clothing, accessories, shoes, socks, jewelry, and people involved in the fashion industry. Activities, people, and equipment for various kinds of mass communications: mail, telephone, satellites, fax, audio video, radio,TV, and film. See Business and Office and Computers and Electronics for additional pictures of equipment, hardware and products. Computers, keyboards, individual keys, discs, printers, and other peripherals. The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic style. People, scenes, activities, equipment, vehicles, supplies, hardware, tools involved in the building trades. Travel scenes of various countries and famous cities. (Alternative term: Country) Graphics depicting the activities, materials, tools, products, and people related to making crafts. Includes the above subjects plus coat of arms and blank templates of these shapes. This category includes the customs, cuisine, artifacts, crafts, costumes, clothing, designs/art, dwellings, and activities of ethnic groups. The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic style. Includes the activities of students, teachers, classroom scenes, subjects, books, graduation, supplies, equipment, and titles. Equipment and symbols.

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Clothing & Accessories Communications & Electronics

Computers

Contemporary 1-8

Construction

Countries

Crafts

Crests/Emblems/ Shields Cultural Heritage

Doodlers

Education & Schools Electronics

Entertainment

People enjoying activities such as dining, movies, dancing, performances, circus/carnivals, amusement parks, festivals, parades, etc. Look also at the major categories: Recreation, Indoor; Recreation, Outdoor (Alternative term: Places) Scenes of famous cities. Medieval subjects, magical beings, mythical creatures, symbols, objects, and people. Also check the Science Fiction category for other fantasy subjects such as Aliens and UFOs. People, scenes, activities, equipment, buildings, machines, tools, and supplies related to agriculture. People and equipment, and activities such as bodybuilding and exercising. World, national, regional, nautical, military, organizational, and historical flags. (Alternative term: Flora) Individual flowers and plants. All types of food and beverages. Also includes individual pictures of people eating, groceries, food labels, and advertising titles. Cooking and cooking utensils are also found in House & Home. Plants, flowers, people, activities, tools, supplies, and equipment related to gardens and gardening. Look also in Plants & Flowers and Trees & Leaves for specific graphics of these subjects. Maps of the world, continents, regions, countries, and sub-regions. Government activities, symbols, politics, elections, people, and public issues. (Alternative term: Medical) People, activities, hospitals, injuries, illnesses, supplies, medicines, medical notation and symbols, pregnancy and birth, dental, optometry, equipment, instruments, and vehicles. Includes smoking-related topics. Images dealing with past events.

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Famous Places Fantasy

Farming

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Fitness

Flags

Flowers & Plants Food & Beverages

Gardens & Gardening

Geography

Government

Health & Medical

History

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Holidays

This category is used for events that happen at a fixed time or on a specific day once a year. Listed by name and further subdivided by subjects. See Occasions & Celebrations for parties and other types of celebrations and events. (Alternative term: Home, Household) All objects, activities, people, scenes, and rooms related to domestic life. Includes domestic arts such as cleaning, yard work, sewing, and childcare. Includes furniture, appliances, household items, home improvement, lighting, locks and keys, and home electrical graphics. For humorous subjects involving general subjects in addition to animals, construction and vehicles. For symbols and other images. Childrens art, toys, games, and scenes showing children with their stuff. Includes factories, manufacturing subjects and scenes as opposed to the category Business & Office which includes office, retail, service business subjects. For labels of all kinds. Shows famous and common landmarks, both natural and man-made. Scenes of mountains, forests, meadows, oceans, sunsets, surreal, and abstract landscapes. Includes cityscapes and pictures of the world. Look also in Seasons & Weather for scenes depicting seasons and weather. Includes a small number of business logos and images which could be used to create logos. For maps of all kinds, from all regions of the world. For devices which measure, weigh or count.

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House & Home

Humor

Icons Kids Stuff

Industry and Manufacturing

Labels Landmarks

Landscapes

Logos

Maps Measurement Systems

Military

All historical and present day military subjects: soldiers, officers, troops, activities, symbols, badges, patches, weapons, artillery, battles and wars, vehicles, war planes, and tanks. For images which include diverse subjects. The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic styles. All subjects that include money, symbols, coins, currency, and titles. But not for advertising, sales, and retail subjects.

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Miscellaneous Modern Woodcuts

Money

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Music

Musicians and groupings of musicians, instruments, music notation, and symbols. See Entertainment for performances, performance halls, and audiences. The four seasons, suns and moons, rainbows, and weather of all different types. Also check Landscapes, Flowers & Plants,Trees & Leaves, and Holidays (for seasonal graphics). This category includes environmental and conservation issues and titles. This category is used for events that can happen any time of the year, & Celebrations including anniversaries, birthdays, congratulations, divorce, funerals, graduations, birth, wedding, wedding engagements, showers, going away celebrations, reunions, and other parties. Browse Food & Beverages for celebratory foods and drink. People of various professions and occupations generally as identified by their uniforms or clothing. Includes specific occupations as well as general categories such as medical personnel, public safety workers, and office workers. When the larger context is shown, look in the more specific subject as well. Example: military men, look in Military. For all kinds of repeating patterns: abstract, geometric, marbled, tiled, miscellaneous and wallpaper patterns. This category is used generally for people when the place or activity is not shown. Includes depictions of human emotions (anxious, happy, confused, etc.), people in various poses, caricatures, faces, hands, hands holding objects, and silhouettes of faces and bodies. For specific people see Occupations.

Nature

Occasions

Occupations

Patterns

People

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Photos

For photographs of various subjects. The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic styles. The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic styles. For the objects, activities, signs and scenes of the real estate industry. Indoor activities both in and out of the home. Includes children and adult games, game pieces, cards, nursery/fairy tales, reading, and socializing with friends. Includes shopping and gambling. Check also Occasions & Celebrations, Kids Stuff, Entertainment and Travel for related topics. Barbecues, picnics, swimming, boating, water skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, climbing, and cycling. Check Sports as well for activities that can be competitive or not considered exclusively recreational. Specific religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and so on) and objects, symbols and scenes related to religion. Religious subjects are also found in Cultural Heritage such as Judaism under Jewish culture. Disciplines, activities, people, tools, lab equipment, technical symbols, and vehicles related to pure and applied science. Two major exceptions include the categories of Communications and Health & Medical. Technical symbols may also be found in the Symbols category. Scenes, people, and objects related to this subject including the paranormal (ghosts), aliens, UFOs, and non-scientific depictions of space travel.The majority of space scenes and space vehicles can be found under Science.

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Pro Art

Provektor

Real Estate

Recreation, Indoor

Recreation, Outdoor

Religion

Science

Science Fiction

Seasons & Weather The four seasons, suns and moons, rainbows, and weather of all different types. Also check Landscapes, Flowers & Plants,Trees & Leaves, and Holidays (for seasonal graphics). This category includes environmental and conservation issues and titles.

Shapes

Abstract, simple, three-dimensional, and geometric shapes including speech bubbles. Check out Abstract Designs for more complex designs, and Arrows and Stars & Starbursts for those specific shapes. Various subjects. Danger, road, handicapped, humorous, and informational signs. A few blank signs can be found here but check also Templates for blank signs. The universal symbol signs are included in the Symbols major category and they are labeled simply Universal symbol signs. All types of sports and sports-related subjects. Some sports can also be considered Recreation, so check there as well. Includes the related subjects of awards, trophies, cheerleading, coaching, equipment, sports fans, and advertising titles. All types of rubber stamp-like titles. Most contain text of some sort. Includes many variations of the star shape including bursts. Includes various kinds of symbols: people, dingbats, music notation, buttons, and keys, and Universal Signs. Check specific subjects as well for symbols related to topics such as Architecture, Money, Music, and Science. Blank certificates, awards, cards, bookplates, and labels that can be customized. Various technology equipment, people and scenes. All subjects relating to time: clocks, watches, hourglasses, and stopwatches. All types of words, phrases, and clichs including advertising slogans. Check Advertising as well for retail sales and other sales titles, slogans, and banners. Look under specific subjects for subject-specific titles. The following category refers to collections of art that have similar artistic styles.

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Sierra Signs

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Sports

Stamps

Stars & Starbursts Symbols

Templates

Technology Time

Titles

TNT

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Transportation

Air, land, and marine transportation including people and scenes showing the activity of transportation. All the activities, people, and objects related to travel: tourists, customs, baggage, tickets, cruises, and so on. Includes some world tourist sites and landmarks. See also Geography (for maps), Landscapes, and Landmarks for pictures of travel sites and scenery. All types of trees and leaves with trees generally shown individually. Landscapes and Gardens & Gardening will portray different aspects of this topic as well.

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Travel

Trees & Leaves

Print Artist Graphics Grabber CDs


Note: You must have 17 MB available on the Print Artist program drive to use the Graphics Grabber. In addition to searching for images on your computer, the Graphics Grabber can also search CDs that are labeled Graphics Grabber CDs. Graphics on these CDs are indexed to work with the Graphics Grabber category and keyword searches. If you use a graphic on a CD in a Print Artist document, that graphic will be imported onto your computer. You'll then be able to find that graphic on your computer using the same category and keywords that you used to find it on the CD.

There are three different methods for using the Graphics Grabber to access the Print Artist Graphics Grabber CDs:

1 Clicking the Insert Print Artist CD Graphic button on the toolbar


(CD icon)

2 Selecting the Insert CD Graphic command from the Insert menu

3 Selecting the Search Graphics Grabber CD from the drop-down list


box in the upper left hand corner of the Graphics Grabber when it is already open.
The Insert Print Artist CD Graphic button on the toolbar will open the Graphics Grabber with only the graphics on that CD displayed. This is faster than clicking the Insert A Graphic Object button on the toolbar, opening the Graphics Grabber and then selecting Search Graphics Grabber CD. To view the graphics on your computer, select Search Graphics on My Computer from the drop-down list box at the upper left hand corner of the Graphics Grabber. The graphics on your computer will now be displayed.

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Changing Graphics Grabber CDs


To change to another Graphics Grabber CD when one is in your CD-ROM drive, select the Load next Graphics Grabber CD from the drop-down list box. Print Artist will update and display the graphics on the new CD. Note: The Graphics Grabber will display graphics in directories that you have specified using the Graphic Directory Setup command in the File menu. Changing the settings in Graphic Directory setup is recommended for experienced Print Artist users only. For more information, please refer to the Graphic Directory Setup section in Help.

Templates

Templates are pre-designed projects with guide frames already in place. They make a project go easier by providing a pre-designed framework, you can concentrate on your message and quickly design your project. They also provide a quick lesson on good design by supplying a professional foundation for your project, as well as taking the guesswork out of a layout. And, though the template can get you started, you can still edit your project and customize it any way you choose. You can delete the empty guide frames just as you delete any object, and you can move and resize inserted text blocks and graphics, too.

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To open a template, you can choose Template under each of the project menus. Or, select New Type dialog box, select the desired template, and double-click it or press ENTER. If you double-click a graphics guide frame, the Graphics Grabber opens; if you double-click a text guide frame, the Change Text dialog box opens.

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Zoom...Quick Access to Your Layout

To better control your document, youll want to be familiar with the Zoom features and the features in the View Menu. This way, youll be able to get a better view of your document. Here are a couple of situations you will probably come across when you will need this tool:

Small graphics or text blocks Zooming in or out will help you position and size objects better. Documents and layouts. Zooming out or in gives you a good idea of how your document looks from a design standpoint, and you can evaluate its composition, from spatial relationships between objects to the overall look of their design. Frames. Sometimes objects travel off the edge of your document page. Distant views (Zoom Out) will let you see and grab frame handles more easily. Large projects. Projects such as banners or multi-page signs are considered large projects.When you choose the Fit in Window view you will see the whole document at a glance.

Moving Elements Between Documents


When you have a large, cohesive document, such as matching letterhead, envelopes, note paper and business cards, all with the same graphics and type, keep the project streamlined by using the copy and paste elements between these documents.

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To copy an object or linked set of objects from one document to another:

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1 Select or link the objects to be copied. 2 Choose Copy from the Edit Menu, or press Ctrl + C. 3 Open the document or click on the window of the document into which the
copy will be pasted. Depending on the type of document you want to formulate, this may require returning to the Select Project Type dialog box, choosing a new project type, and then opening a document.

4 Choose Paste from the Edit menu, or press Ctrl + V. 5 Easy! If the objects are not exactly where you want them to be, or the size
isnt what you want, you can go ahead and edit the document as you would any other.

Scanning
There are three ways to bring in scanned artwork or graphics. This requires that you already have scanner software installed. Review your scanner software and the on-line help section for more information about bringing scanned objects into your documents.

If you have previously scanned images already on your computer or on a removeable disk you can:

1 Import the graphics to Print Artist 6.0 by selecting import from the File
Menu or clicking on the import button.

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2 Add the directory in Graphic Directory Setup. (These will most likely be
JPGs or BMP files.) Or you can scan directly to the Program.

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3 Go to Select Source in File Menu and choose the scanner you want to use.
(This is mostly if you have multiple imaging products installed on your computer.) Then go to Acquire and this will open your scanning software. Once you have finished scanning you can transfer the image directly to your document.

Text,Type and Fonts


You can easily put text in your own words...in any style or color you choose! Text is the wording in your document. This is the raw material no editing, sizing, or layout has been done to it yet.

There are several ways to change the appearance of your text: Change the font change the characters to a particular group or family of letters and numbers. Change the type style make the text plain, italic, tilted, wacky or stag gered. Change the width and point size. Change the text alignment make the text left, center, right or justified. Change the color choose from any number of colors. Apply effects stretch, twist or curl your text.

Inserting Text

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To insert text:

1 Choose Text from the Insert Menu, or click the Insert Text button on the
Toolbar.

2 Enter the text, including whatever special characters you may want. 3 Click OK to accept the text .This ends the text editing session.
Special Note: Push the Quote button to access over 5,000 interesting quotes and sentiments.

Changing Calendar Dates


Change Calendar Date allows you to change the date of a calendar. The default setting is the current month and year. You can set this date for any month between the years 1901 and 2099. Note: Changing the date of a calendar that contains custom information will lose all the changes you have made to the calendar, since all of the days of the month will change.

Double-clicking on the date box will allow you to customize your calendar for that month. If you use the Insert Text feature on the menu bar, this will move your text to the next calendar that you create.

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Editing Text
To edit an existing text block:

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1 Activate its frame and double-click the frame or choose the Edit Text
command from the Edit Menu.

2 Make the changes to the text. If you want to delete parts of the text,
highlight the section with the cursor and press the DELETE key. If you want to add text to the existing text block, position the cursor at the appropriate place, click, and type in new text.

3 Click Okay.You will now see your text changes. Typeface


Typeface refers to the shape or outline of letters, numbers or other printed symbols. (See Fonts below.)

Point Size
Point size refers to the height of type on the page. One point equals 1/72 of an inch.

Specifying Point Size (using the Font menu)


Specifying Point Size (using the Font menu): This also changes the size of the text. This will force the text to be a specific point size. First select Fit frame to letter then select point size.

Type Style
Type style refers to the orientation of your text or type. Type styles are different appearances for the text, such as at an angle. Choose the type style from the Fonts palette.

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Fonts
A font is the complete alphabet for a particular typeface; a family of characters. Type and Font are often interchanged. Print Artist 6.0 provides 300 fonts. What font you choose can really affect the look of your projects, because fonts have different personalities. Some are serious, while some are funky and fun. Choosing a font can dramatically change the tone of your work.

Sizing Text
The sizing text function allows you to make text larger or smaller, depending upon the design of your project. You can use the frames grab handles to resize and reposition a text block.

To use the frame handles to resize text:

1 Move the pointer until the icon for the function you want to use appears. 2 Drag the frame until it has reached the size you want. 3 Release the mouse button.

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Changing Text Width

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1 Select the text block and then choose Width from the Font menu.The Select
Font Width dialog box will appear.

2 Click the scroll arrows.These will increase or decrease the text width
setting. You can also type the desired width.

Shaping Text
Select this option from the lower portion of the menu or from the list portion of the Shapes palette. The Shape command offers three frame shapes:

Aligning Text
You can align your text, or choose the placement of text in the frame. It can be left, right, centered or justified, run vertically down the page, or be aligned in some other fashion. The text is always inserted flush left and horizontal, centered vertically (with Word Wrap on) until you change its orientation or alignment. Turn Word Wrap off and choose commands from the Alignment menu to change alignment within the frame, or highlight the text and use the Toolbar alignment buttons. (Alignment changes the text within a frame only, not the alignment on the page. You will have to position the text frames using the grabber handles or use commands in the Object menu.)

Vertical Text
To have text that is right-side up, running vertically up and down the page, first insert the text in the usual way, and then choose the Vertical command from the Alignment menu. The maximum number of characters (letters, spaces and numbers) allowed is 254.

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Text Word Wrap


This is found under the Alignment menu and on the Toolbar. When Word Wrap is on, the text flows from left to right, horizontally, with automatic returns. When Word Wrap is off, all of the text in a block will be placed on one line, unless you have pressed Enter to return text to the next line) in the vertical center of the frame.

Justifying Text
This means all the lines of the text are flush within the specified margins, both left and right. Choose letter justified if you want even spaces in all the characters across the frame, or word justified, which adds spaces between the words to make the line flush with the left and right margins. If Word Wrap is on or off, it can make a difference. The Vertical Justified command has its own button (Vertical Stretch) and will arrange the lines in a text block so the text is flush with the top and bottom margins of the frame.

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Other Spacing Commands


These commands will also help you move, change or size your text:

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Left Horizontally Centered Right Horizontally Stretched

Aligns the text to the left frame border. Places the text in the horizontal center of the frame. Aligns the text to the right frame border. Stretches each letter so the text is horizontally framed, which results in some distortion and thickens the original font. Aligns the text with the top frame border. Places the text in the vertical center of the frame. Aligns the text with the bottom frame border. Stretches all the letters in the vertical direction. Adds extra spaces between each letter in a selected text block. Increases the space between each line in a selected text block.

Top Vertically Centered Bottom Vertically Stretched Extra Letter Spacing Extra Line Spacing

Printing Your Document


Once youre ready to print your document, choose the Print Setup from the File menu. The Printing Setup dialog box will open, followed by the Print dialog box. The document you want to print will display oriented just as it will appear on the printed page. The paper orientation can be set to Portrait (vertical) or Landscape (horizontal). Pink lines crossing the image indicate that document will print out on more than one page. Note: Remember that if you have a color monitor, but a monochrome printer, your image will still be in color on your computer monitor, though it will print in shades of monochrome.

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Print Setup
The Setup button will list the different printer options available on your printer driver. Every printer driver has different options, so youll need to consult your printer manual for more information.

To preview your project, choose Print from the File menu.

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Listed on the Print Options dialog box will be these features:


Coloring Book will print just the outlines of the text or graphics in your document. This is great for creating coloring books for your children. Note that bitmap graphics cannot be shown in outlines, and appear on the page as they usually do. Mirror Image will flip the document being printed. This is useful when printing on material that can directly transfer an image to a T-shirt. Tile will repeatedly print images smaller than a full page on one piece of paper. This is useful for business cards and postcards. Space will put spaces between multiple copies of an image when tile is checked. Note: Do not select the Space option when printing with Kodak templates. Stretch to Page stretches the project to print to the boundaries of the page. (This option may conflict with other printer settings.) Thin Outlines will convert thick outlines in text, symbols and fills to thin lines when printing. This is useful for vinyl cutting tools that rely on plotter instructions to cut thin lines. Print Crop Marks will print small crop marks along with your document. This is great for business cards, as it helps you cut up a full sheet of cards without making mistakes. Margin settings determine how a project is laid out on the page. Symmetrical margins will even up the margins of your document and center it on the page. Minimal margins will stretch the document to print on as much of the available page as possible. Equal margins will use the largest margin set for your printer for each of the four margins. This usually results in a smaller image than the other margin settings. Rotate Automatically will print your document the best possible way for your printer. Rotate Never will turn off the automatic rotation. Rotate Always will force the document to print rotate. Note: Labels cannot be rotated. To set your own margins, click Custom and adjust the top, bottom, left and right sides accordingly.

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Printing Scrapbooks
When you print your scrapbook, the entire scrapbook is sent to the printer, one page at a time. If you do not want to print out the entire scrapbook, you may delete the pages from the printer queue.

To access the printer queue, go to the Windows Start menu, select Settings, then Printers, and double-click on your printer. Each page of the scrapbook will be lined up in the queue. Select the pages you dont want to print and hit the DELETE key on the keyboard. If you create an 8 page Scrapbook and encounter missing or partial graphics or missing pages, when printing, please reduce the percentage from 100% to 70% - 90%. When the Print Control Panel/Preview dialog box prompts, use the Percent Size option to reduce the scrapbook pages to 70% - 90% depending your printer.

Working Your Creative Capabilities

Internet Options

One Button Internet Access from the Toolbar


Clicking the Print Artist 6.0 Web Site button on the toolbar (picture of a globe) will launch your default Internet browser and open the Print Artist 6.0 Web Site. From the Web Site youll have access to free downloadable content, Tips and Tricks, Print Artist On-Line Event Reminder service and E-Z-Ecard service. Check in regularly to see whats new!

E-mail Capabilities
Once you have created your project and saved it, you can send it to friends and family online. There is a Send Document as E-mail button on the Toolbar or you can go to the option in the File Menu for sending your own Documents. (You can also use the E-ZEcard on the Web Site to send cards, but only those premade layouts from that site will be available.) Note: Specialty Products, Banners and Calendars will not e-mail.

On-Line Event Reminder


No birthday card need ever be late again, thanks to a reminder service online. You dont have to depend on snail mail again! You can register for this free service by selecting On-Line Event Reminder from the View Menu, which will take you to the Web Site. Please note these features require a modem and an Internet Service Provider account or another means of accessing the Internet.

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Avery Labels
Avery labels do not print correctly.
Make sure the correct label number has been selected. Also, certain Avery labels are not set correctly. Use layout #5927 for #8927 and #5167 for #8167.If the labels still do not print centered, use the Change Dimensions option in the Edit menu menu to customize a label sheet. To use this option: Select a label. Choose Change Dimensions from the EDIT MENU menu. Measure the height of the label and enter this value in Height. Then measure the width of the label, and enter this value in Width.

Conversions: 7/8 inch 0.875 3/4 inch 0.750 2/3 inch 0.667 5/8 inch 0.625

1/2 inch 3/8 inch 1/3 inch 1/4 inch 1/8 inch 1/16 inch

0.500 0.375 0.333 0.250 0.125 0.063

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Now count the number of labels that run across and down and enter the amounts in #Across and #Down. Adjust the Margins to match the label sheet and account for the printers hardcoded margins. This information will be in the printer manual. Add any necessary Vertical or Horizontal spacing. Most labels need Horizontal Spacing, at least .250 inches. Now close this window and add a border to the label by selecting Border from the Insert menu. Go to File and select Print. Click on Options, check Tile, and hit OK. Print the page on letter size sheet of paper, then adjust the Dimensions again to center the labels correctly. Once the labels are adjusted, save the document to use as a template for printing label sheets in the future. Design the label and use the SAVE AS command to save the label before printing. The label should now print on the paper correctly.

How to print with Avery Label 4 Postcards sheets.


Print Artist is designed to print both the front and back side of a postcard on a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper. The Postcard sides would then be cut out and glued together to form a single post card. To print using 4 Postcards Avery Label sheets, use these work-around instructions:

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Open a new Sign in Print Artist.

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Select 8-1/2 x 11 inches for a vertical Postcard and 11 x 8-1/2 inches for a horizontal Postcard. Design the front of the Postcard. In the File Menu select Print. Click on the Options button and check TILE. Hit OK. Reduce the Print Size to 50% which will evenly tile your Postcard 4 times. Now print out the Front of the Postcard. Choose a new Sign to design the back of the Postcard and repeat the above directions. Now flip the paper over to Print on the other side of the Avery Postcard sheet.

The printed labels do not line up correctly on the pre-cut Avery stock.
Resize the dimensions to be a little bigger than the actual cutout on the papers. To do this, open your label document. Go to Edit menu, Change Dimensions. You can enter custom dimensions for any label.

CD Grabber
CD Grabber CDs
Print Artist 6.0 has been designed to allow you to add on additional packs of projects and graphics. The CD Grabber button on the toolbar allows you to access these additional packs. No additional packs have been included with Print Artist 6.0 at this time. These must be Print Artist CDs specifically designed for Print Artist for these to work.

Color
The palettes are too large and some of the options cannot be accessed.
If one of the palettes (ie Font, Color, Effect, Shape) becomes too large to view, you can resize it like most Windows applications. Move your mouse cursor to the edge of the palette until it becomes a double arrow. Click with the left mouse button and drag until the palette is resized to a size of your choice. You can resize from any side of the palette.

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E-Cards
The E-Card doesnt flip through all faces of the card (or project).
Save the File (ecard.gif) to your hard drive, then open it. You can open *.gif Files with most internet browsers.

E-Cards is not working with Netscape or Internet Explorers E-Mail.


If you have difficulties using the E-Mail functions of your browser software to send your E-Cards, make sure you have MAPI API enabled in your Browsers preferences. You may also wish to install an E-Mail program that is set up to use MAPI API, such as Outlook Express.

Steps to follow for setting up Windows Exchange to send E-cards using dial-up-networking to connect to E-Mail
Click on Inbox on Windows Desktop Select Microsoft Mail for the first option Select Internet Mail and uncheck Microsoft Mail Setup options to as per your ISP, ex. Internet Mail Server: (Your ISP).com, Account Name: the name you use to log on, Password: the password you use to log on. Then open Windows Exchange and go to Tools menu and select Options From Options select Services tab

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From Services tab select Internet Mail and click Properties button

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Then Click Advanced options and type in your ISPs mail server, ex. Mail.(Your ISP).com (contact your ISP for this information.) Restart the computer Open CardsPlus and create document and click on Send As E-mail button. This should bring up Windows Exchange to send your document as e-mail through your dial-up-networking ISP.

Effect
The palettes are too large and some of the options cannot be accessed.
If one of the palettes (ie Font, Color, Effect, Shape) becomes too large to view, you can resize it like most Windows applications. Move your mouse cursor to the edge of the palette until it becomes a double arrow. Click with the left mouse button and drag until the palette is resized to a size of your choice. You can resize from any side of the palette.

Error Messages
A "write-protected" in C:\WINDOWS\FONTS\*.TFF error occurs when installing the program. (Where * is the name of the font the program is trying to install.)
This error can occur if the FONT folder is write-protected, individual fonts are writeprotected, or the FONT folder has reached its limits and is full. To resolve this issue:

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Open My Computer, the C:\ drive, and the WINDOWS folder. Right click on the FONTS folder and choose Properties. If READ-ONLY is checked under attributes, uncheck READ-ONLY, click on APPLY, then OK and reinstall the program. The Program should install without a problem.

If READ-ONLY is not checked under ATTRIBUTES, record the SIZE of the FONTS folder and the number of FILES in this folder. Close the Properties Windows. Now open the FONTS folder. Right click on the font that caused error and choose Properties. Now check ATTRIBUTES again to see if READ-ONLY is checked. If it is checked, uncheck the box, click APPLY, and OK, then reinstall the program. If it is not checked then the FONT folder may have reached its limit.

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The Windows Fonts folder has a registry limit. The registry can only store a finite number of characters for the titles of every installed FONT. When this character limitation is reached, no new FONTS may be added to the registry. If the Font folder is larger than 18 MB in size or contains more than 350-400 Fonts, the registries most likely have become corrupt. It will be necessary to remove excessive fonts from the system and to clean the registries. To delete FONTS, select a font and choose Delete form the File menu. Be careful not to delete necessary system fonts. To clean the registries, download a registry cleaning utility like REGCLEAN.EXE from the internet sites like http://www.shareware.com.

The following is an excerpt from the Windows 95 help files, on this subject.

Microsoft Windows 95 SUMMARY


You can install a maximum of approximately 1000 TrueType fonts in Windows 95. The exact number of TrueType fonts you can install varies, depending on the length of the TrueType font names and filenames.

MORE INFORMATION
Installed TrueType fonts are listed in the registry and in the Graphics Device Interface (GDI).

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The Registry
All font files are registered under a single key in the registry, and a registry key cannot exceed 64K. If font names average 20 characters in length and font filenames average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install falls between 1000 and 1500. If a TrueType font file is located in a folder other than the Fonts or the System folder, the full path to the font is included in the registry, using up more space in the key and reducing the number of fonts you can install.

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The GDI
The GDI contains an internal list of fonts, with 10K reserved for font filenames. If font filenames average 10 characters in length, the maximum number of TrueType fonts you can install is approximately 1000. You can use all installed TrueType fonts simultaneously and you can print them in the same document. Note that the Windows 95 Resource Kit incorrectly states that there is no limit to the number of TrueType fonts you can install in Windows 95. Contact Microsoft for additional assistance with the Fonts folder at http://www.microsoft.com.

General Protection Fault in PRTARTST.EXE occurs when opening the program or randomly throughout the program.
This error is caused by changing the margins in the Program, which corrupts the printer settings in the :\SIERRA\PA6\PAWIN.INI. Deleting the settings in the PAWIN.INI to fix the error message:

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Go to Start, Find, Files or Folders. In the "Named box" type: PAWIN.INI Change the "Look in" box to the C: drive and click on "Find Now." The Find utility should find at least one file in :\SIERRA\PA6.

If it does not find this file, there are hidden files on the system. -Go to My Computer and Open the C:\ drive. -Select Options or Folder Options in the View menu, then click on the View Tab. -Click on "Show All Files" and hit Apply and OK. -Repeat steps 1 through 5. Now double click on the PAWIN.INI file to open it up. Scroll down to the brackets that contain the name of the printer on the system:

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[The name of the Printer will be in these brackets] UseAsMargins=1 Left=30 Top=84 Right=120 Bottom=60 Orientation=1 UseArea=1
and delete the information directly beneath the brackets. For example, delete all of this information:

UseAsMargins=1 Left=30 Top=84 Right=120 Bottom=60 Orientation=1 UseArea=1

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Now the file will have just the name of the Printer with no information underneath the brackets. Go to File and select Save. Then select Exit. Open Print Artist and print the banner again. If the error still occurs, it may be necessary to delete the :\SIERRA\PA6\PIXRES.CSH and rebuild the Graphics Grabber.

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Use the Find option in the Start menu to search for the PIXRES.CSH File (steps 2 to 6). When this File is found in the :\SIERRA\PA6 directory, highlight the File and select Delete from the File Menu. Now close all Windows, and find the Print Artist icon that starts the program. (START, PROGRAMS, SIERRA). Before starting Print Artist, hold down the CTRL + SHIFT keys and open Print Artist. Keep holding down these keys until the Graphics Grabber begins to update. When the Graphics Grabber updates, let go of the keys. Now errors will no longer occur in Print Artist.

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NOTE: If the program was upgraded from the 4.0 version, the default directory will be :\SIERRA\PA 6.0 instead of :\SIERRA\PA4PLAT.

A "DynaZip Unzip" or DUNZIP.DLL error message occurs during the install of Agfa Font Manager.
This error occurs when the program tries to overwrite an older version of this file. The file is in use and when the program tries to access the file, a "Not a valid Zip file" error occurs. Rename the DUNZIP.DLL file located in the C:\WINDOWS and/or C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directories, the the SETUP program will install a newer version of this file. To rename this file: Go to Start, Shutdown, and choose "Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode." The Dos prompt should now read C:\WINDOWS. Type: REN DUNZIP.DLL DUNZIP.OLD (+ ENTER) If a "File not found" error occurs, ignore it. Type: CD SYSTEM (+ ENTER) REN DUNZIP.DLL DUNZIP.OLD (+ ENTER) EXIT (+ ENTER) The computer will restart Windows. Reinstall the program.

When trying to run SETUP.EXE, the error message Cannot find SETUP.EXE Appears.
This error occurs when the machine is loading real-mode drivers. Real-mode drivers are drivers that are intended for use with DOS. They are 16-bit drivers and work poorly with Windows 95 or 98. To see if the system is loading real-mode drivers: Right click on the My Computer icon, choose Properties from the menu. Click on the Performance tab. Under Performance Status, read the line called FILE SYSTEM This line should read 32-BIT. If this line reads Some drives are using MSDOS compatibility mode or All drives are using MS-DOS compatibility mode, immediately contact the system or CD-ROM manufacturer to correct this system problem. Once the computer system is loading 32-Bit drivers, the program will install without errors.

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A general protection fault in module PIXRES.DLL error message occurs in the program.
This error can occur in different places in the Program. The solution to this problem will depend on where and when the error occurs:

1 If the error occurs immediately after the program is launched, every time the
program is launched, then Print Artist may not have been able to build the PIXRES.CSH File, which is the graphics cache for Print Artist. Start Print Artist while holding down the Ctrl and the Shift keys. Keep these keys held down until the Graphics Grabber begins updating. (Holding down the Ctrl and the Shift keys while launching the program forces Print Artist to build the PIXRES.CSH File.) When the build is finished, the program should open without errors.

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If both Print Shop Ensemble III and Print Artist are installed on the computer system, then Print Artist can utilize Print Shop Deluxe (*.PSD) Files. When it attempts to build the PIXRES.CSH File, Print Artist seeks out all compatible Files like *.PSD Files and Post Script Fonts and adds this information to the program. On occasion, Print Artist cannot successfully build this File. To resolve this problem: Uninstall both products. Install Print Artist first, and start Print Artist to build the Graphics Grabber. Next, install Print Shop Ensemble. Both programs should work with out errors.

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If rebuilding the Graphics Grabber does not fix the error message and Print Shop Ensemble is not installed on the computer system, follow Step #5 to resolve this issue. The PIXRES.CSH FILE may have become corrupted. This File is the graphics cache for Print Artist. Every time an image is added or removed from the Print Artist library, this File is updated. Occasionally the information will be corrupted, and the File will need to be deleted from the :\SIERRA\PA6 directory on the hard drive, then rebuilt. Search for this File through the Windows Search features or delete the File from the DOS prompt. In Windows 95: Double click on My Computer, then the C drive. Go to View, Folder Options or Options, and click on the VIEW tab. Check SHOW ALL FILES. Click on Apply and OK, then Close all open Windows. Go to Start, Find, Files or Folders. Change the Look in box to the C drive or the letter of the hard drive on which Print Artist is installed.

In the Name box, type PIXRES.CSH and click on FIND NOW.

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At least one File will be found. If more than one version of Print Artist is installed on the system, then several Files will be found. Highlight the File that is in the :\SIERRA\PA6 directory, and select DELETE from the FILE Menu. Now Rebuild the Graphics Grabber. Start Print Artist while holding down the Ctrl and the Shift keys. Keep these keys held down until the Graphics Grabber begins updating. (Holding down the Ctrl and the Shift keys while launching the program forces Print Artist to build the PIXRES.CSH File.) When the build is finished, the program should open without errors. If the problem is not corrected by deleting the PIXRES.CSH File, the installation may have become corrupt. Uninstall Print Artist. Close all programs running in the background.

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Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys and press the DEL key. This will bring up a Close Program Box. The Close Program Box will show the currently running programs. The only programs that should be listed in the task list are Systray and Explorer. If there are other programs in the task list highlight one of them and click on the End Task button.

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Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the only program listed in the Close Program Box is Explorer. NOTE: some programs cannot be shut down using these steps. They must be shut according to the instructions specific to those programs. Run SCANDISK and DEFRAG. Now try to install the program.

Fonts
The font menu is displaying multiple copies of the same font.
Close the program and restart your system. This is related to Windows handling of font files. Some fonts do not appear to show up in the program's fonts palette or some premade layouts have letters that overlap or do not appear to be the correct size for the document. Close the program. Click the Start button and select Programs and open Windows Explorer. Under the C: drive open the Windows folder and then Open the Fonts folder. Then close Windows Explorer and restart your program. Now all fonts should show up in the Fonts Palette and show correctly on Premade layouts. This is related to Windows handling of font files.

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The palettes are too large and some of the options cannot be accessed.
If one of the palettes (ie Font, Color, Effect, Shape) becomes too large to view, you can resize it like most Windows applications. Move your mouse cursor to the edge of the palette until it becomes a double arrow. Click with the left mouse button and drag until the palette is resized to a size of your choice. You can resize from any side of the palette.

Graphics
Errors may occur if Print Artist is shut down while it is rebuilding the Graphics Grabber.
If an error occurs when adding graphics to the database or changing the Graphic Directory Setup, rebuild the database. To rebuild the database, follow these steps:

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Exit Print Artist. Find the Files named PACARDS.INI and PIXRES.CSH located in the Sierra\PACards folder by using the Find utility in the Windows Start menu or browsing with Windows Explorer. Delete the PACARDS.INI and PIXRES.CSH Files. These are temporary Files and will not affect any projects you created.

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Hold down the CTRL and SHIFT keys on the keyboard while restarting Print Artist. Continue to hold the keys until the program indicates that the Grabber is being updated.

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Icon
Nothing happens when clicking on the Print Artist Icon in the Programs group.
This problem can occur when the computer system resources are low or from a corrupt install.

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Reboot the computer to purge information in RAM. Close programs running in the background. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys and press the DEL key. This will bring up a Close Program Box. The Close Program Box will show the currently running programs. The only programs that should be listed in the task list are Systray and Explorer. If there are other programs in the task list highlight one of them and click on the End Task button. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the only program listed in the Close Program Box is the Explorer. NOTE: Some programs can not be shut down using these steps. They must be turned off according to the instructions specific to those programs.

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Restart Print Artist. The program should now open. If the program does not open, then the installation has become corrupt. Uninstall Print Artist (Start, Programs, Sierra, Setup & Uninstall) Run SCANDISK and DEFRAG (Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools) Now Reinstall Print Artist with no programs running in the background. (See Step #1)

Install
When installing you receive the error The serial number you have entered is invalid. Please check the number and reenter it.
The serial number is located on the front of the purple cardboard box which holds the CDs. There are 3 things to remember when entering the serial number:

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Type in the serial number without any spaces between the letters and numbers (even if it looks like there is a space before the last three digits). All 0 characters are the numeric zero, not the alphabetic letter O. Be sure that the CapsLock is not on when entering the serial number. If it is on when entering the number, the serial number will be invalid.

When trying to run SETUP.EXE the error message Cannot find SETUP.EXE appears.
This question is answered in the Error Message section on pg. 87

Full Installation:This error can occur from an altered Directory Setup, a corrupt _SYSTEM.GFX File or a bad installation.

Check to see if the Directory setup has been changed to access additional graphics. Place the CD-ROM in the drive and start the program. If the error does not occur, then the Directory Setup has been altered. To change the Directory Setup back to the Setup for a Full installation: Open or create a Document. Go to File and select System Directory Setup. Change Directory Setup to read: Layouts: Fonts: Documents: Postscript Fonts: Print Artist 6.0: C:\SIERRA\PA6 C:\SIERRA\PA6 C:\SIERRA\PA6 C:\SIERRA\PA6 C:\SIERRA\PA6\GFX

Now Click on OK, and Print Artist will Update the Graphics Grabber to apply the changes.

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If the Directory setup has not been changed follow this steps to replace the _SYSTEM.GFX File: In Windows: Delete the _SYSTEM.GFX and the PIXRES.CSH Files from the :\SIERRA\PRTARTST folder: Double click on the My Computer Icon. Open the C drive or the hard drive on which the program is installed, and open the SIERRA folder and PRTARTST folder. Go to VIEW and select Options or Folder Options. Click on the View tab, and check Show All Files and uncheck Hide MS-Dos File Extensions. Click on Apply and OK. Now go to View and select Arrange Icons by Name. Search for the _SYSTEM.GFX and the PIXRES.CSH Files and delete them from the system. Copy the _SYSTEM.GFX File form the X:\PRINTART\GFX folder(where X is the letter of the CD-ROM drive) to the :\SIERRA\PRTARTST directory. Go to My Computer, Right Click on the CD-ROM drive, and choose Open. Open the PRINTART folder, then the GFX folder. Find the _SYSTEM.GFX File and highlight it. Go to Edit menu and choose copy. Close all Windows, and double click on My Computer again. Now, open the C drive or the hard drive on which Print Artist is installed. Open the Sierra folder, then the PRTARTST folder. Go to Edit menu and choose Paste.

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In DOS: Place CD #1 in the drive. Click START, PROGRAMS, MS-DOS PROMPT.

Type CD\SIERRA\PRTARTST (+enter)

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Type DEL _SYSTEM.GFX (+enter) Type DEL PIXRES.CSH (+enter) Type COPY D:\GFX\ _SYSTEM.GFX C:\SIERRA\PRTARTST (+enter) Type EXIT and hit (enter) to exit DOS. NOTE: If the CD-ROM letter is not D or the hard drive on which the program is installed is different from C, substitute the appropriate letters. Rebuild the Graphics Grabber. Hold down the SHIFT key and the CTRL key and then double click the Print Artist icon. This will force the program to search the hard drive for graphics and to rebuild the Graphics Grabber.

If this does not resolve the error, the installation has become corrupt. See step 5 above for instructions on reinstalling the program in a clean environment.

Installing to a Directory:
We recommend installing Print Artist 6.0 to the default location. If you choose to install Print Artist 6.0 to a different directory, we recommend choosing an 8 character File name or less, since long File names are converted to DOS File names. For example, Program Files becomes PROGRA~1. Note: There is a limit of 68 characters for the File path.

Internet
ECards is not working with Netscape or Internet Explorer's email.
If you have difficulties using the Email functions of your browser software to send your ECards, make sure you have MAPI API enabled in your Browser's preferences. You may also wish to install an email program that is set up to use MAPI API, such as Outlook Express. Outlook Express can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ie40/oe/.

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Labels
The labels in the print preview screen are off the print preview screen.
This happens with all labels. Resize the print dialog so that it is bigger.

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The edges of labels are cut off when printed, but display properly in the Print Preview.
Check your printer margins or the margin setup in Print Artist. Some printers have the margins hard-coded and cannot be changed. You may want to contact your printer manufacturer for more information about changing the margins.

The printed labels do not line up correctly on the pre-cut Avery stock.
Resize the dimensions to be a little bigger than the actual cutout on the papers. To do this, open your label document. Go to Edit menu, Change Dimensions. You can enter custom dimensions for any label.

Full page labels don't print properly.


If your printer cannot print to the edge of the paper, Edit menu the dimensions of the document. To do this, open your label document. Go to Edit menu, Change Dimensions. You can enter custom dimensions for any label. Change the dimensions to the following measurements: Width: 8.0 Height: 10.5 Margins: Right and left: 0.25 Top and bottom: 0.25 You can set up Print Artist 6.0 to create other labels besides the ones listed in the categories. First select any blank or premade project in Specialty Products. For best results select one with similar dimensions as the paper you wish to print on. Go to the Edit menu menu and select Change Dimensions from the pull down list. Type in the dimensions in inches of the particular paper type you wish to use. Then make any changes to the labels that you wish and print. Note: Label Dimensions will only go out to 3 decimal places, so round to the nearest place. Go to FILE, PRINT, OPTIONS and uncheck the SPACING option (the spacing option is the default setting).

Mouse
Moved graphics leave mouse pointer trails on the screen.
This problem is caused by the video card not refreshing correctly. To correct this error:

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Lower the graphics acceleration for the video card. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Performance, File System. Note: For NT there is no File system. Lower the Graphics Acceleration to Basic or Win95 Read Ahead Optimization, then Click on OK to apply the changes. Restart the computer.

If the mouse pointer trails still appear in the program after changing the Graphics Acceleration, update the video card drivers. Drivers are updated every few months and improve the overall performance of the computer. The updates are usually available for free download from the computer system or video card manufacturers web site. Also, on some Win3.x and Win95 systems without the plus pack, the FULLDRAG.EXE File can cause this problem. The solution is to remove the File FULLDRAG.EXE from the program directory.

Pawin.ini
Deleting the PAWIN.INI setting:

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Go to Start, Find, Files or Folders. In the "Named box" type: PAWIN.INI Change the "Look in" box to the C: drive and click on "Find Now." The Find utility should find at least one file in :\SIERRA\PA4PLAT. If it does not find this file, there are hidden files on the system. -Go to My Computer and Open the C:\ drive. -Select Options or Folder Options in the View menu, then click on the View Tab. -Click on "Show All Files" and hit Apply and OK. -Repeat steps 1 through 5.

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Now double click on the PAWIN.INI file to open it up. Scroll down to the brackets that contain the name of the printer on the system:

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[The name of the Printer will be in these brackets] UseAsMargins=1 Left=30 Top=84 Right=120 Bottom=60 Orientation=1 UseArea=1
and delete the information directly beneath the brackets. For example, delete all of this information:

UseAsMargins=1 Left=30 Top=84 Right=120 Bottom=60 Orientation=1 UseArea=1

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Now the file will have just the name of the Printer with no information underneath the brackets. Go to File and select Save. Then select Exit. Open Print Artist and print the banner again.

NOTE: If the program was upgraded from the 4.0 version, the default directory will be :\SIERRA\PRTARTST instead of :\SIERRA\PA4PLAT. When trying to run setup for the program, you can only view the README file.

Printing
Basic Printer troubleshooting for Print errors such as slow printing, partial prints, document only prints a blank sheet, or random crashes.
Nearly all printing problems occur when the communication, handshaking between the program and the printer breaks down. On older systems this can be caused by using a bad printer cable, or the use of a print switcher. On all systems this can be caused by low resources, outdated or corrupt printer drivers, or memory conflicts. To resolve these issues, follow these steps:

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Restart the computer to purge all information in RAM. Change the Printers Spool Settings. Go to Start, Settings, and Printers. Right Click on the Printer and choose Properties. Under Printer Properties, select on the DETAILS tab and click on the Spool Settings button. Change Spool Data Format from EMF to RAW (it may already be on this setting.) Click on Print directly to Printer. Then click on OK. Now Select the GRAPHICS or COLOR tab. If there is an option for RASTER MODE, select this mode. Then lower the DPI setting and click on OK. Also, make sure that the Print Mode is set to Normal and not Best. Close the Printer Properties window by clicking on OK.

Now set the printer as a default Printer. Right click on the Printer icon in the Printers Window and select Set as Default to place a check mark by this option. Close any programs running in the background. To close programs running in the background:

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Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys and press the DEL key. This will bring up a Close Program Box. The Close Program Box will show the currently running programs. The only programs that should be listed in the task list are the Explorer and Systray. If there are other programs in the task list highlight one of them and click on the End Task button. Repeat steps A and B until the only programs listed in the Close Program Box are the Explorer and Systray. NOTE: Some programs can not be shutdown using these steps. Shut down those programs according to the instructions specific to those programs.

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Print from Print Artist. If these options do not correct this problem, try printing from MS Paint (Start, Programs, accessories). MS Paint prints in graphics mode. Many of other programs will only use text mode. If errors occur when printing in MS Paint, contact the printer manufacturer for help configuring the printer properly for graphics mode. Also, many printer problems can be resolved by the newest drivers for the printer. Contact the printer manufacturer for the latest printer drivers for the printer. These drivers will often correct errors and may also improve the performance of the printer. Drivers are usually available for free download. Also, some printer manufactures may recommend updating the printer memory. Consult the printer manufacturer for assistance. If none of these steps resolve these print errors, the printer drive may have become corrupt. Uninstall and reinstall the printer driver. Delete the Printer Icon from the Printer Window (START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS) by highlighting the Printer Icon and selecting Delete from the File Menu. Note: Some printers can only be uninstalled using their uninstaller utility. The uninstaller will be located in the Printer Manufacturers Folder located in the Programs Menu. Reinstall the printer. Use ADD Printer icon under START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS, or if the printer comes with its own Driver disk, run the Setup program according to the disk instructions. Now try printing.

How to print a banner with Print Artist.


In order to print a continuous banner on banner paper, banner paper must be an option under paper selection. Consult the printer manual to make certain the printer can print continuous banners. If banner is not an option in Paper Size, then Print Artist will print the banner on cut sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper.

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Steps to print a banner:

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Before opening Print Artist, set the printer for banner paper. Go to Start, Settings, Printers. Right-click on the Printer and choose Properties. Select the Paper Tab and choose Banner Paper. If this type of Paper is not an option, select Custom or User Defined and set the dimensions to the width and height of the banner. For Hewlett Packard printers, click on the Capture Settings tab, then check Enable Banner. If none of these options are available, the banner will print on cut sheets of Letter Size paper. Now change the Paper Source to the appropriate tray if the banner paper is not in the AUTO tray. Click on OK and close all Windows. Start Print Artist and open or create a banner. After designing the banner, select Print from the File Menu to bring up the Print Control/Preview Panel. Click on SETUP. Print Artist always defaults to Letter Size paper. Change Paper Size to CUSTOM, BANNER, or USER DEFINED. Change the Paper Source to the appropriate paper tray. Next, check the Orientation of the paper. Choose Landscape for a Horizontal banner and Portrait for Vertical banner. Close the SETUP window and click on OPTIONS. Under Margins, select Minimal. Then close this window.

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Before printing the banner, look at the Print Preview box. If there is a horizontal line in the middle of the banner when printing a horizontal banner or if there is a vertical line running through the center of a vertical banner, the printer will print the banner in two sections. Reduce the Percent Size until this line disappears. NOTE: If the banner is going to be printed on cut sheets of paper, there will also be pink lines indicating page breaks. Also, if there is an extra page under PAGES/COPIES, e.g. an 8 1/2 x 22 inch banner will be printed on 3 cut sheets instead of 2 cut sheets, reduce the Percent Size until the banner prints on the correct number of pages. Now click on OK to print the banner. If gaps appear on the printed, continuous banner, change the print Margins by clicking on Print Size in the Print Control/Preview Panel. Check both boxes Use Printable Area Values and Use Values as Margins, then reduce the margins to zero or as close to zero as possible. Click on OK. If gaps still appear after changing these margins, this may be related to the printer having Page Breaks with hard-coded margins, and no settings changes will allow the printer to print a continuous banner. Contact the printer manufacturer for updated printer drivers. Occasionally newer drivers will fix issues like gaps when printing banners. If the banner prints off-centered or the Width and Height in the Print Control/ Preview Panel are drastically different then the dimensions of the paper, the printer settings in the PAWIN.INI File may have become corrupt and will need to be deleted. See the directions below on DELETING THE PAWIN.INI SETTINGS. If the banner continues to print incorrectly, then contact the printer manufacturer for updated printer drivers. Often newer drivers will fix banner issues.

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To delete the settings in the PAWIN.INI: Please refer to the Pawin.ini section, pg. 97.

Avery labels do not print correctly.


Please refer to the Avery labels section, pg. 78.

How to print an envelope.


If an envelope will not print correctly, follow these steps to correct the problem:

Before printing an envelope, make certain that the Paper Selection for the Printer supports the envelope.

Go to Start, Settings, Printers.

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Right click on the Printer Icon and choose Properties. Click on the Paper tab and select the correct envelope size. If the size of the envelope is not listed, choose User Defined or Custom and set the width and height to the dimensions of the paper. (For more information on setting custom paper, consult the printer manual.) The envelope paper size must be a choice in Paper selection. If it is not, select the envelope size that is closest to the envelope dimensions.

Open or create a new envelope. In Select New Envelope be sure to select the envelope size that matches the dimensions of the envelope paper. If the dimensions of the envelope are not listed as a choice under BLANK, then choose any envelope and use the Change Dimensions option in the EDIT MENU menu. (Remember to subtract the margins from the width and height when using the Change Dimensions options.) After Designing the envelope, go to File and choose Print to open the Print Control/Preview Panel. Click on Setup and change Paper Size to the size of the envelope or Custom/User Defined. Then change Paper Source to the appropriate tray. (Consult the printer manual for details on printing with an envelope). Click on OK. Now view the envelope in the Print Preview box. If the envelope appears to be printing on multiple pages, reduce the Percent Size until the envelope fits on one page. Now Click on Print. If the envelope is not centered it may be necessary to adjust the margins. Select Print again from the File menu, then click on Print Size. Check both boxes Use Printable Area Values and Use Values as Margins, then reduce the margins to zero or as close to zero as possible. Click on OK and print. If the envelope is a #10 or #11 envelope, try changing the Paper Size to Letter 8-1/2 x 11 inch. Then adjust the envelope in the Print Preview Box until it prints correctly on the envelope. Print Artist always prints envelopes on the right side, unless the printer has a manual tray. If the printer can only print an envelope in the middle of the printer and manual tray is not an option for Printer Source, it will be necessary to create a custom template on an 8-1/2 x11 inch paper. Select a #10 or #11 envelope and insert a basic border into the envelope.

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Now go to File and choose Print. Move the envelope so it is in the middle of the page and print the envelope template on Letter size paper. Hold up the paper to the envelope paper to make sure the information on the page fits the envelope. Now place an envelope in the tray and print the envelope. If necessary adjust the margins to center the information on the envelope (see step 5). NOTE: A custom template can only be made for #10 or #11 envelopes. To print different sizes of envelopes, the printer must have these print options.

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How to print with Avery Label 4 Postcards sheets.


Refer to the Avery Labels section pg. 79.

How to print Business Cards


Use one of the premade layouts or follow the directions below to customize your own business card. EIGHT to a page: Design the business card layout Go to the File menu and select PRINT. Click on the PRINT SIZE button. Put checkmarks in both USE PRINTABLE AREA VALUES and USE VALUES AS MARGINS. Change the bottom margin 0.40. Leave the other 3 margins as they are, and click on OK. This should resize the business cards correctly. TEN to a page: Design the business card layout Go to the FILE menu and select PRINT. Next check the Print Preview Box, and see if 10 cards fit on a sheet.

If less than 10 cards fit on the page: Click on the PRINT SIZE button. Put checkmarks in both USE PRINTABLE AREA VALUES and USE VALUES AS MARGINS. Change : Top: 0.35 Bottom: 0.35 Left: 0.25 Right: 0.25 Click OK

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If problems persist, adjust these settings up and down until the correct number of cards appear on the page.

To print Business Cards without the cut marks:


Go to FILE, PRINT, under OPTIONS. Remove the check from PRINT CROP MARKS.

Half-fold cards require special printing instructions.


In order to print a half fold card, first print the front of the card print, then flip the paper over to print the back of the card. Place one sheet of paper in the printer. Go to File and select Print. Press OK on the first screen which previews the front and back of the card. After the front has printed, turn the paper over and place it into the printer feed again, then press OK for the inside of the card to be printed.

Only prints first part of page.


This problem can be caused by low resources, outdated or corrupt printer drivers, or memory conflicts. To resolve these issues, follow these steps:

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Restart the computer to purge all information in RAM. Change the Printers Spool Settings. Go to Start, Settings, and Printers.

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Right Click on the Printer and choose Properties.

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Under Printer Properties, select the DETAILS tab and click on the Spool Settings button. Change Spool Data Format from EMF to RAW (it may already be on this setting.) Click on Print directly to Printer. Then click on OK. Now Select the GRAPHICS or COLOR tab. If there is an option for RASTER MODE, select this mode. Then lower the DPI setting and click on OK. Also, make sure that the Print Mode is set to Normal and not Best. Close the Printer Properties window by clicking on OK. Now set the printer as a default Printer. Right click on the Printer icon in the Printers Window and select Set as Default to place a check mark by this option. Close any programs running in the background. To close programs running in the background: Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys and press the DEL key. This will bring up a Close Program Box. The Close Program Box will show the currently running programs. The only programs that should be listed in the task list are the Explorer and Systray. If there are other programs in the task list highlight one of them and click on the End Task button. Repeat steps A and B until the only programs listed in the Close Program Box are the Explorer and Systray. NOTE: Some programs can not be shut down using these steps. Shut down those programs according to the instructions specific to those programs. Print from Print Artist. If these options do not correct this problem, try printing from MS Paint (Start, Programs, Accessories). MS Paint prints in graphics mode. Many of the other programs will only use text mode. If errors occur when printing in MS Paint, contact the printer manufacturer for help configuring the printer properly for graphics mode.

Also, many printer problems can be resolved by the newest drivers for the printer. Contact the printer manufacturer for the latest printer drivers for the printer. These drivers will often correct errors and may also improve the performance of the printer. Drivers are usually available for free download. Also, some printer manufactures may recommend updating the printer memory. Consult the printer manufacturer for assistance. If none of these steps resolve these print errors, the printer drive may have become corrupt. Uninstall and reinstall the printer driver. Delete the Printer Icon from the Printer Window (START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS) by highlighting the Printer Icon and selecting Delete from the File Menu. Note: Some printers can only be uninstalled using their uninstaller utility. The uninstaller will be located in the Printer Manufacturers Folder located in the Programs Menu. Reinstall the printer. Use ADD Printer icon under START, SETTINGS, PRINTERS, or if the printer comes with its own Driver disk, run the Setup program according to the disk instructions. Now try printing.

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Colors on screen look different when printed.


Sometimes a printed document will not match the screen. These color discrepancies are caused by software communication conflicts between the program and the printer, which may be resolved by adjusting the monitor and printer color settings or by updating printer drivers. To adjust the colors:

Print a SWATCH from Print Artist: Open a document in Print Artist and select Print in the File menu to bring up the Print Control Panel/Preview. Change DOCUMENT to SWATCH and print the swatch. Use the printed palette as a reference sheet when selecting colors.

With the Printed swatch, adjust the monitor so the screen will match the colors on the swatch.

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Also, many printers have controls for adjusting the printer color in the Printer Properties. Consult the printer manual for details on adjusting the printer color. If only a few colors on the swatch differ from the screen, the printer may not be able to produce that particular color. If the colors are drastically different between the printed page and the screen, the printer driver is not understanding the color information in the program. In either case, updating the printer drivers for the printer resolves the color problems. Drivers are the software that communicate with the computer hardware. Drivers are frequently updated to improve the performance of the computer system and are usually available for free download from the manufacturers web site.

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The labels in the print preview screen are off the print preview screen.
Please refer to the Labels section, pg. 96

The edges of labels are cut off when printed, but display properly in the Print Preview.
Please refer to the Labels section, pg. 96

Full page labels dont print properly.


Please refer to the Labels section, pg. 96

Readme File
When trying to run setup for the program, you can only view the README File.
Real mode drivers are drivers that are intended for use with DOS. They are 16-bit drivers and work poorly with Windows 95 or 98. To see if the system is loading real-mode drivers: Right click on the My Computer icon, choose Properties from the menu. Click on the Performance tab. Under Performance Status, read the line called FILE SYSTEM.

This line should read "32-BIT." If this line reads "Some drives are using MSDOS compatibility mode" or "All drives are using MS-DOS compatibility mode," immediately contact the system or CD-ROM manufacturer to correct this system problem. Once the computer system is loading 32-Bit drivers, the program will install without errors.

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Resolution
On a 1/2 fold card, the View menu has items for Front and Inside Left showing but not Inside Right or Back.
Video Resolution is set to 640x480. The menu items are present but are off the bottom of the screen. Change video resolution to 800x600 or higher to correct this. To change the resolution in Windows 95, go to Start and choose Settings. Go to Control Panel, then choose the Display icon. Go to the Settings tab and move the slider to 800X600. Click on Okay and restart the computer if prompted.

Scanning
Scanning Problems in Print Artist.
The Acquire function in Print Artist does not function well with some scanners. If any problems occur when trying to scan a graphic in Print Artist, Sierra On-line strongly recommends using the scanning software that came with the scanner to scan the image and save it in a format that can be imported into Print Artist. When scanning the image, make sure the color level does not exceed 256 colors. Make sure the DPI does not exceed 600 dpi, and that the total File size does not exceed 64K to 1 MB in File size.

A CANNOT FIND _SYSTEM.GFX error message occurs when starting Print Artist.
The cause of this error depends on the size of the Print Artist installation. Before resolving this error, determine the size of the Print Artist Platinum installation. If the CD-ROM must be in the drive before starting the program, then the installation is a minimal installation. If the CD-ROM does not need to be in the drive to start the program, then the installation is a full installation.

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MINIMAL INSTALLATION:
This error may be caused by a CD-ROM read error or a corrupt installation.

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Make certain the CD-ROM is in the drive. Make sure there are no smudges or scratches on the CD-ROM. Try cleaning the CD with a soft, dry cloth.

Check the CD-ROM caching. Improper cache setup can cause errors in reading CDs and can also reduce speed. To check the caching: In Windows 95, go to My Computer and click on the Control Panel. Go to the System icon. Choose the Performance tab, then the File system button. Go to the CD-ROM tab. If the CD-ROM is an IDE CD-ROM, set the Supplemental Cache Size directly between small and large. Set the Optimize Access Pattern for the speed of the CD-ROM (for example, 4x or higher). If the CD-ROM is a SCSI or 16x or higher CD-ROM, set the Optimize Access Pattern for No Read Ahead. Click on Apply, then Okay. Close the next window and allow the computer to restart.

If the problem persists try updating the CD-ROM driver. To update drivers and check on the latest version available, contact the computer manufacturer or CD-ROM drive manufacturer.

If the error still occurs, then the installation may have become corrupt. Uninstall the program. Run Scan Disk and Defrag. Reinstall the program with no programs running in the background. To close any programs running in the background:

Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys and press the DEL key. This will bring up a Close Program Box. The Close Program Box will show the currently running programs. The only programs that should be listed in the task list are Systray and Explorer. If there are other programs in the task list highlight one of them and click on the End Task button. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the only program listed in the Close Program Box is Explorer. NOTE: Some programs can not be shut down using these steps. They must be turned off according to the instructions specific to those programs.

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If none of these steps resolve this issue, get CD-ROM replacements. If the program was purchased at a retail store, try checking with them to see if they will exchange it for another. If they will not replace it, Sierra On-line will gladly replace the program. CD-ROM replacement is FREE for the first 90 days of product ownership. After 90 days there is a $10.00 handling fee per program for replacement. For the fastest service, simply mail the CD to Sierra On-line, along with either a copy of the sales receipt dated within 90 days or the $10.00 handling fee, and a note detailing the problem that is occurring. In that note, also include a name, address, and daytime telephone number. Sierra On-line will then send a replacement CD-ROM right away.

The address is:


Sierra Software Fulfillment 4100 West 190th Street Torrance, California 90504

Scrapbooks
Scrapbook Files are limited to a maximum of 10 pages. If your scrapbook exceeds 10 pages, we recommend breaking your scrapbook into separate Files.

Printing Scrapbooks
When you print your scrapbook, the entire scrapbook is sent to the printer, one page at a time. If you do not want to print out the entire scrapbook, you may delete the pages from the printer queue. To access the printer queue, go to the Windows Start menu, select Settings, then Printers, and double-click on your printer. Each page of the scrapbook will be lined up in the queue. Select the pages you don't want to print and hit the DELETE key on the keyboard.

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Shape
The palettes are too large and some of the options cannot be accessed.
If one of the palettes (ie Font, Color, Effect, Shape) becomes too large to view, you can resize it like most Windows applications. Move your mouse cursor to the edge of the palette until it becomes a double arrow. Click with the left mouse button and drag until the palette is resized to a size of your choice. You can resize from any side of the palette.

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Video Card
Moved graphics leave mouse pointer trails on the screen.
This problem is caused by the video card not refreshing correctly. To correct this error:

Lower the graphics acceleration for the video card. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Performance, File System. Note: For NT there is no File system. Lower the Graphics Acceleration to Basic or Win95 Read Ahead Optimization, then Click on OK to apply the changes. Restart the computer.

If the mouse pointer trails still appear in the program after changing the Graphics Acceleration, update the video card drivers. Drivers are updated every few months and improve the overall performance of the computer. The updates are usually available for free download from the computer system or video card manufacturers web site. Also, on some Win3.x and Win95 systems without the plus pack, the FULLDRAG.EXE File can cause this problem. The solution is to remove the File FULLDRAG.EXE from the program directory.

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A font is a complete alphabet for a given typeface. The words type and font are often used interchangeably. Print Artist contains 300 AGFA fonts. Fonts have a big impact on your project design. Some are very professional looking while others are more whimsical and fun. Picking the correct one for your design is important. These fonts will automatically install.

Fonts

You may choose from these fonts for custom installation.

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Active Frame aligning objects27 definition22 edit commands25 moving39 Align edit commands24 objects27 snap to grid23, 41 text68 Calendar Dates changing69 CD Grabber CDs65 Clipboard definition22 Color troubleshooting81 Color palette47 Convert Documents14 Customize Color dialog box45-46 Cutting & Pasting editing22 exporting44 importing44 Deleting projects37 Dialog Boxes24 Documents creating33 deleting37 exporting43 opening saved34 printing75 saving35 storing saved35 E-Cards troubleshooting81 Effect troubleshooting82 Error Messages82-91 Exporting cutting & pasting44 definition22 documents43 formats allowed44 keyboarding commands24 File / Open Dialog Document Converter15 Fills48 inserting49 Fonts71 troubleshooting91 Font List113-117 Frames38 changing height and width39 grouping42 horizonal resizing40 linking42 moving39 overlapping41 resizing around the center40 rotation40 shrink-to-fit39 skewing40

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snap-to-grid41 unlinking42 vertical resizing39 wire frame preview41 Graphic definition23 exporting43 keyboard reference chart24 shrink to fit39 Graphic Directory Setup51-52 Graphics categories56-64 importing43 inserting50 missing17 replacing50 scanning67-68 searching for54-56 troubleshooting91 Graphics Grabber54, 62-63 finding graphics54 Grouping42 Importing cutting & pasting44 formats allowed43 graphics43 Inserting backgrounds51 borders51 new graphics50 Install Troubleshooting93-95 Install Time Document Converter12 Internet access from toolbar77 e-mail capabilities77 on-line evend reminder77 troubleshooting95

Label toolbar28-29 troubleshooting96 Mouse troubleshooting97 Palette44 buttons on toolbar27 color22,47 shapes72 Point Size70 Print Artist Icon troubleshooting92 Printing75 banners101-102 business cards104 envelopes102-103 options76 scrapbooks111 setup75 troubleshooting99-108 Projects31 creating33 deleting37 saving35 Resolution troubleshooting109 Rulers44 Saving a project36 documents35 Scanning graphics67 troubleshooting109 Scrapbooking21 Scrapbooks creating30 printing76-77 toolbar29-30 troubleshooting111

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Select Directory53 Shape troubleshooting112 Shapes48 inserting49 Snap-to-Grid41 Spell Checker21 Symbols48 inserting49 System Directory Setup52 Template65 definition23 guide frames23 project types31 Text aligning72 changing width72 editing70 inserting73 justifying73 keyboard commands25 print options76 shaping text72 shrink-to-fit39 sizing71 spacing commands74 to find graphics56 vertical72 word wrap73 Type Style70 Typeface70 Video Card troubleshooting112 Wire Frame Preview41 Zoom Features66

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