Panel and Image Layout
The primary layout element in Comic Life is the panel. This can be thought of as a box into which you can place
an image and whatever other elements such as balloons and captions are needed.
Add a panel
To add a panel simply drag a panel from the panel well on the Libraries tab. A new panel is added and selected
on the page.
Repositioning a panel
To move a panel simply select it and drag it to the appropriate location. You can use the Arrange->Align menu to
quickly position the panel relative to the page.
Resizing a panel
Select the panel and drag any of the resize handles to change the size.
Note if the panel is irregular then the resize handles actually change the shape of the panel rather than
resizing the panel in a rectangular manner. (See the panel inspector for more information).
Adding an image to a panel
Once you've positioned and sized your panel you'll want to add an image. Choose an image in the Browser and
drag it on top of your panel. Release the mouse button to add the image to the panel. If the panel was empty to
start with then the image is scaled to best fill the panel and selected allowing you to adjust its position with the
panel. If the panel already contained images than the image is added on top of the existing images. See the
Working with images
section for more information.
If you have any other elements in the panel notice that the image is dropped behind them as images
are always made the background of the panel (unless another image is already the background).
Adding multiple images to a panel
By default panels only accept one image at a time - a new image dropped on a panel will replace the current
image in that panel. To add a second image to a panel simply hold down the Apple or Cmd key when dropping the
image onto the panel and the second image will be added.
The additional image is made smaller than the panel so that you can see it has been added to rather
than replacing the original image.
You can move and resize these images within the panel to get the arrangement you need. Use the Bring
Forward/Move Backward Arrange menu items to adjust the order in which the images are displayed.
Tip: Dragging images from other applications into Comic Life does not yet support the Apple/Cmd key
option. To get around this simply drop the image on to the page first and then move it onto the panel
while holding down the Apple/Cmd key.
The panel details lets you switch between rectangular and polygonal panels.
Panels are typically rectangular in shape but you can create irregular shaped panels by checking this box. When
checked the four corners of the panel are able to be positioned independently allowing you to reshape the panel
as needed. You can change the number of sides of the panel from a minimum of 3 (for triangular panels) to a
maximum of 8 (for complex polygons).
If you uncheck the box the panel will be converted back to a rectangle that is sized to the maximum bounds of the
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