Using images in Lucidpress goes beyond just uploading and inserting. Master your visual know-how with this quick tutorial on everything from image management to helpful editing tips.
Add an image to your document
The hub of all your image management is a handy tool we call the Image Manager (no surprise there). When in the Lucidpress editor, you can access the Image Manager via the “Images” icon to the left of your canvas (see image below). You can open the manager by either clicking this button or by dragging and dropping the icon onto your canvas as an image box. Either way, once the manager is open you’ll simply select the image you’d like to insert and hit “Done.”
Upload a new image
Don’t have the image you’d like to use uploaded to your library yet? Open up the Image Manager and upload a new image by clicking “Upload,” selecting the file, and then clicking “Open.” If you’re feeling fancy, you can also just drag and drop an image file directly from your desktop and onto the canvas. Supported files include .jpg, .png, .ai, .tiff, .psd, .pdf, .svg, and .bmp.
Open the Image Manager, click the checkbox next to an image, and then click the tag icon at the top (see image below). A list of options will appear. If you want to get creative and create your own tags, go for it! Just hit “Create New Tag” at the bottom of the drop down and the new tag will appear in the Image Manager sidebar.
Mark an image as private or archived
To make certain images visible only to you (we won’t ask questions) or to archive them for future use, simply follow the directions above for “Tag images.” The tag drop down menu includes “Private” and “Archived” options.
Have an image that’s getting in the way of your clever design? Temporarily hide it by clicking on it and then hitting this icon on your Layers panel to the right of your canvas.
Swap out an image
Part of every design process includes swapping out images until you find the right look and fit. To ease your fickle frenzy, simply double click on the image to open up the Image Manager and select the new one you’d like to insert.
Resize or rotate an image
Change the shape and size of your image by clicking on it, grabbing one of the blue corner handles, and dragging it any which way you’d like. You can also use the “Position and Size” coordinates in the Layout tab to the right of your canvas if you need to set your image in a more precise location.
If you’d like to maintain your image’s proportions as you resize, hit the button next to “Lock” in your Layout tab. You can always revert your image back to its original size by clicking “Original Size.”
As for rotating, simply select the extended handle on your image (shown at the top of the above visual).
Move an image
To move an image, you can either click on it and drag it around with your mouse. Alternatively you can use the arrow keys to nudge it left, right, up, or down. Hold down "Shift" to move the image in larger leaps.
Add effects & adjust the look
Everything you need to perfect the look of your visuals can be found in the “Image” tab to the right of your canvas (click on an image to make it appear). A plethora of effects and adjustments are at your disposal here.
For example, you can:
- Change your image from a photo to a gradient or solid color.
- Specify how your image will fill the shape of the image box (fill, stretch, etc.).
- Adjust saturation, contrast, and brightness by clicking “Fill" then "Effects.”
- Crop out unwanted edges.
- Add shadows, borders, and transparency.
- Convert your image into a slideshow or even a link.
A slideshow or image gallery can be a great way to showcase a number of images in the space of one. To add one to a page within your document, do the following:
- Open the Image Manager by clicking the “Images” button to the left of the canvas.
- Select more than one image and click “Done."
- You will now see a "Slideshow" menu open in the right pane. Here you can add additional images by clicking the "+."
- Choose whether you’d like the images to fill or just fit within the image box. You can also select a background color and say yay or nay to a shadow effect.
- Change the shape of the slideshow within your page by dragging one of its corners to increase or decrease its size.
- Click the blue “Preview” button in the top right corner of your screen to see the slideshow in action.