You can put zipped kits into the left pane folders of your FxFoto without unzipping them! This saves you time and hard disk space. I find it much easier to scroll through my kits in FxFoto than to click through My Pictures to find them. So I am so happy our programmers did this – they are sort of like my software fairy godmothers, granting my wishes!
And makes it really easy to see what might work for a layout with a particular kit when your kits and photos are side by side. Since FxFoto does not actually contain kits, your zipped files remain where they are on your hard disk. That means you can move kits and photos in and out of FxFoto without ever losing them. Simply click on a paper or element in your left folder and it will open in your layout.
Just like you can move photos around, you can move parts of a kit around too. So you can make a folder of your favorite elements if you want – like your favorite paperclips or brushes, or frames. Then they are always handy!
Installing Zipped Files
1. Open your FxFoto Creative Edition and click on Close to bypass the Start up Shortcuts box. Now click on the Folder button in the upper left pane. You will see the drop menu below:
2. From the drop menu, choose Folder Order and Set Up. In the folder settings dialog box, click the Install Zipped Kit button.
3. Navigate to the folder where you have stored your zipped kit. As you can see below, I am installing the Teen Spirit kit by Kim Hill of CG Essentials. Click on the zipped file to select it and then click on Open.
4. Now in the screen shot below, you can see the name that Kim used for her zipped file. You can keep that name by clicking the OK button. Or you can type in your own name for it. I like to use the designer’s name and then kit name but you might want to name it for a particular project, photo or whatever. I will rename this one Kim Hill Teen Spirit EDS blog since I will be using it for my Everyday Digital Scrapbooking blog projects
5. Here it is in my FxFoto! You can see the folder name is the one I typed. I can easily scroll down to see the whole kit. All the elements are png files which appear to have a white background in the folder. However when you use them, the png files will have a clear background. You can see that in the screen shot below with the brackets, heart and black frame overlay.
To use the papers and elements, simple click on them in the left folder and they will open in your layout space. To remove them from a layout, right click on the element and chose Delete Image from Collage.
6. Want to replace the flowered paper with the polka dotted one? The flowered paper was cropped and placed on the right side of this layout but let’s say I want to change it. Click on the polka dotted paper in the left pane, hold down the mouse and drag it over to the flowered one. Once it is hovering over the flowered one, release the mouse and this dialog box will pop up:
Check the box marked Crop and Rotate the New Image Similarly to the One Being Replaced. Then click OK. Here’s what happens:
If you love being able to do this, but hate having to answer the dialog box all the time (like me), then you can opt to turn off the box. In the screen shot above (the first screen shot in step 6), see the box marked Do Not Ask About Replacing Old Images Again? If you click on it to check mark it, then you won’t have to answer that box each time. The papers will just plop in and you’ll save a bit of time.
7. Making a collection of your favorite things is easy. You can call it whatever you want - Favorite Doodads, FUE (frequently used elements) or whatever. I prefer not to break up kits so I just move a copy of the stuff I like to use a lot into a folder called Arsenal.
Right click on the element in the folder you would like to move or copy. From the drop menu choose Move Picture(s) as you can see below:
Now a dialog box will open with all the papers and elements in it
Click on the ones you want to move. Once you click on them they will have a green tag. Got everything? Then click Next.
Now type in or choose the folder you want them to go into. You can see below I've chosen my Arsenal folder. Also check the box marked Copy Pictures so that original files remain in the kit. Then click Finish.
Since these are things you'll want to use in many layouts, you may want to make sure you can give credit properly when you post on line. So once they are in your new folder right click on the element in the folder and from the drop menu, chose Picture Information. The box below will open up
Now in the Description area, type in the credits - here you can see I typed in Kim Hill overlay Teen Spirit. You can add some Keywords too if you want to be able to search for it later. Adding the work Overlay to the Keywords will let me find all the overlays.
You can easily find the credits of an element of your Arsenal folder two ways and both are shown in the screen shot below
- holding your mouse over the element shows you the description you typed in
- you can see it in the upper right side of the tool bar
This is much easier than roaming around your hard drive trying to figure out whose overlay you used.