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TOPIC: New Stationery

Re: New Stationary 5 years 7 months ago #56593

Sorry, but I don't understand.

I understand that with no photo or logo the information will move up, but I thought the logo was part of your stationary, and I would assume that everyone who could would use a photo on the cover.

Why would anyone put a bank white photo on the cover?

Re: .png and .gif, I don't understand what the ability to have a transparent background has to do with anything and under what circumstances they might and might not.

How can you control a single pixel and how could it "fill a space with nothing" and why would you want it to?

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Re: New Stationery 5 years 7 months ago #56601

Hmm, this is hard to explain. Here's what I was describing at the end of my first post.

Let me see if I can do this graphically.  If I wanted to not have a cover photo or company logo in the HIP cover page slots(slots shown below) and instead I wanted to have a big logo spread across the page over the top of those slots like this:
http://www.homeinspectorpro.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach&topic=4999.0&attach=7161&image

I would have to have those slots for the company logo and the cover photo filled with something or else the text on my cover page would slide up like this:
http://www.homeinspectorpro.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach&topic=4999.0&attach=7163&image

So I basically load an empty photo into those slots. It is a photo which is the same size as any other photo taken by my camera, but everything is deleted except for a small dot or pixel somewhere on the photo. Just to illustrate this, if the photo had a visible black background, this is what you would see:
http://www.homeinspectorpro.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach&topic=4999.0&attach=7167&image

The difference is that I use a photo with no background, so the only thing present in the cover photo slot is an empty rectangle with a tiny dot in the middle. Certain illustration or photo editing software allow you to choose between a colored background(usually white) or a transparent background. When you save an illustration with a transparent background as a jpeg, it will put a white background on it, but when you save it as a gif or a png file, the transparent background is preserved. HIP can accept photos with transparent backgrounds in the cover page photo slots. If the dots in the empty photos were larger and green, here is what you would see: 
http://www.homeinspectorpro.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach&topic=4999.0&attach=7165&image
The empty photos (mostly empty with only a dot) are just placeholders, or spacers. They have to be transparent because HIP gives them priority and places them at the forefront of the coverpage. I'm basically manipulating the cover page photo slots to give myself a big empty canvas to play with. I did several different ideas using this technique, but ultimately went with using a photo of the home in the cover photo slot because adding that empty placeholder photo is one more step you would have to do for every inspection report.
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Title: Home Inspection Peoria, IL
URL:  www.aaintegrityhomeinspection.com
Last Edit: by Cameron Anderson.

Re: New Stationery 5 years 7 months ago #56603

Excellent job Cameron! Are you letting HIP put the cover photo onto the cover now (after you've made the stationery)? Or are you doing it manually? It would seem the quickest method is to let HIP put it since it'll always be the same size and be in the same place.

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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro Home Inspection Software - CEO

Re: New Stationery 5 years 7 months ago #56604

Missed this thread.
Good post Cameron.

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Re: New Stationery 5 years 7 months ago #56606

Excellent job Cameron! Are you letting HIP put the cover photo onto the cover now (after you've made the stationery)? Or are you doing it manually? It would seem the quickest method is to let HIP put it since it'll always be the same size and be in the same place.


Currently, I am using this technique on the company logo which only has to be loaded once and remains there for every report. If there is a way to have HIP load the center cover photo automatically every time I would love to know what it is.

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Title: Home Inspection Peoria, IL
URL:  www.aaintegrityhomeinspection.com

Re: New Stationery 5 years 7 months ago #56607

Have it load the cover photo just like HIP always does. You have your frame there. Set up your frame so that it'll always be where HIP puts its cover photo. That won't change as long as your photo is always in the same aspect ratio.

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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro Home Inspection Software - CEO
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