and Menus Description
The Compose Window contains the following 6 panes:
The window, input and output panes are re-sizable and the tool bar
is scrollable. Each pane is described below.
Compose operates by opening images in the input panes, selecting
the area of interest by moving and sizing the circular cursors,
then positioning and sizing these areas on the output image. The
parts can be individually or collectively edited and a blended
color background can be applied.
An Image can be opened in a input pane by drag and drop or by one of
the import or copy selections in the Image Popup Menu
The three orientation buttons adjust the image 90
degrees CCW, 90 degrees CW, or horizontal flip. These buttons can be
applied multiple times. Since the image can be rotated to an
arbitrary angle on the output, the first two buttons are primarily
for convenience, but the flip button is necessary to achieve any
If an image has been imported, its filename is
shown, otherwise "No Image" is shown.
The area within the circle is the region of the input image that
will be placed onto the output image. The size and location of the
circle can be adjusted interactively with the cursor. Clicking
inside the blue circle selects this input image and the circle can
be dragged to any location in the input image. Clicking on the
circle perimeter selects it and you can drag the circle to a new
The Fade Slider blends the edges of this region
and the Back/Front slider moves the region to the
back or front of other regions on the output. On the output,
image regions are always in front of the background color pattern
but the fade control allows the background to show through.
Pane Popup Menu
The input popup menu has the following five groups of operations
- Image Import uses the open panel to select an image file.
Additionally, the circle of interest, image edits and the output
location can be reset, or any previous adjustments can be
retained, or the output can be set to match the input file in
size and aspect and the circles set so the image is shown full
size. Finally, the image can be removed. This does not affect
the original image file.
- Copy Selected Image copies an image from another input pane.
The image to be copied is shown by a white circle and is
selected by clicking inside an image circle on one of the inputs
or output panes or by using the buttons at the top of the tool
bar. Additionally, the regions and edits can be reset, or the
previous ones retained, or the regions and edits from the source
image can be copied. Finally, the source image can be set to
cover the background and the back/front slider set to the back
- Output Format uses output match to set the output image format
to match the input image format and to set output image size to
the input imagesize.
- Reset Edits clears the input image edits. Copy selected edits
copies the edits from the selected input.
- Circle of Interest sets the circles on either the input image
or the output image to either inscribe or superscribe.
The output pane is used to assemble the output image from the
selected regions of the input images. The cursor is used to
interactively drag the objects to the size and position desired.
The export button opens the save panel for saving the output
The format popup menu is used to set the output image format:
orientation, size, resolution. The top text string gives the
format that will be used for the saved image. The format popup
menu is described below.
The bottom text stream reports the size and resolution seen on
the screen relative to the size and resolution that will be
saved in the output image file.
Compose, the image format consists of three parameters
The menu items typically include a
- orientation, either landscape or portrait
- resolution in ppi (pixels per inch)
- size (width x height) in inches
- custom dialog to enter arbitrary numerical values
- a Match item that sets the value to that of the
selected input input image
- several commonly used values
Although this menu is lengthy, it will be only
occasionally used and it was judged that it was best to
have all the options visible at once.
Adjusting image format requires specifying constraints
and this can be confusing. This example illustrates the
Assume the image is 4"x3" at 100 ppi (pixels per inch).
Thus, the pixel size is 400 x 300. If we want to change
the image to twice the size of 8"x6" do we intend to
preserve the resolution, resutling in 800x600 pixels, or
do we intend to preserve the pixels, resulting in 50 ppi
Generally, Compose will preserve the resolution when the
image format is changed.
The following constraints are used
- Set Image Size in Inches, preserves resolution (and
chages the pixel size)
- Set Image Size in Pixels, preserves resolution (and
chages the size in inches)
- Set Image Aspect Ratio, preserves resolution and
preserves the larger of width and height inches
- Set Image Size, preserves aspect ratio and resolution
and sets the larger of width and height to the new size
The 1/2/3/4/All selector
shows which of the inputs are selected for editing or
placing. An input can be selected either with the buttons,
or by clicking inside the blue circle on an input or
output views. When selected, the circle is shown in white.
Selecting All or clicking outside any circle on the input
or output views, selects all the inputs and shows all the
circles in blue.
The Reset/Redo All button removes and restores all image
edits, color edits, background and red eye edits.
The Shadows Slider adjusts the brightness/darkness of
The Highlights Slider adjusts the brightness/darkness of
The Colors Slider adjusts
the color saturation (gray/vivid).
The Edges Slider adjusts the image sharpness (sharp/blur).
Reset/Redo Button removes/restores the image edits for all
Warm/Cool/All selector sets the colors that will be
adjusted by the three sliders. You may choose to edit only
the warm colors, only the cool colors, or all of the
colors. These edits are accumulative in any order.
Warm colors are yellow/red, red and red/magenta. Cool
colors are yellow/green, green, cyan, blue and
blue/magenta. The transition colors are yellow and
The tone adjustments are
Please review the tone
for their definition
For warm color shift, reds shifts towards yellows or
For cool color shift green, cyan, blue shift towards
yellow,green, cyan or towards cyan, blue, magenta. The
color shift edits are accumulative in any order.
For parts of the output not
covered by images, any background color can be set. The
edge color and center color can be set the same or
independently and a smooth color blend is created between
the two colors.
Any selected color can also be tinted or shaded. Please
review the tone tutorial
for their definitions.
The procedure for removing red eye is
- Press Edit On/OFF. The RED EYE label will turn red
showing that red eyes removal is enabled.
- Move the cursor to the center of a red eye and
double click. A small circle will appear with the red
eye removed within the circle
- Adjust the location or size of the circle by
dragging the inside or the perimeter.
- Proceed to the next red eye.
Turning Edit OFF will remove the red eye cursors, but
will retain the red eye removal. If you want to remove a
selection, Turn Edit On, select inside the circle for
the eye you want, then press the remove selection
If you copy an image to another input, the red eye
corrections will also be copied.