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   Last updated: September 28, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

QuickPaste - User's Guide

 

Mac software QuickPaste

 

 

4-2 Exporting watermarked pictures

So far, you've selected a picture to watermark background images.  And you've positioned this watermark picture over a sample background image.  If you have finished positioning the selected watermark picture, let's watermark a bunch of graphic files with it.  Choose Export under File.  (See Screenshot 4-15.)  And another window will pop up on top of the main one.  Now, drag and drop directly onto the listbox one or more image files.  (See Screenshot 4-16.)  That's right.  QuickPaste will simply use the picture that you've positioned over a sample background image to watermark those files in the listbox.

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-15

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-16

 

 

Notice that there is a small edit field at the top-right corner showing a number after importing files.  (See Screenshot 4-17.)  It is NOT the total number of files in the list.  Rather, it indicates the number of valid source files.  As shown in Screenshot 4-18, basically, QuickPaste accepts any type of files, even zip files and folders.  Why?  That's because QuickPaste allows the user to drag and drop multiple files at a time, which in turn means the application could crash if any one of them were an unacceptable file format.  Now, according to Screenshot 4-18, there are five files and one folder listed.  And the number of sources is shown as just 1.  You can tell which is acceptable and which is not.  If the file is acceptable, its graphic dimensions are shown under the Sizes column.  Because QuickPaste analyzes each drop and sees if it's valid, if you have a hundred files, for example, it can take some 20 to 30 seconds to finish analyzing them all.

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-17

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-18

 

 

Now, it's only the matter of choosing an export graphic format and a destination folder.  If you select JPEG, a drop-down menu will appear.  (See Screenshot 4-19.)  And you won't be able to export watermarked pictures until you choose a compression rate from the drop-down menu.  A yellow-green arrow will also appear to call your attention.  It will disappear when you choose a compression rate or select a different graphic format.  (See Screenshot 4-20.)

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-19

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-20

 

 

If you want to remove any of the files in the list, select one and then simply press the Delete key or the Backspace key.  You can also choose Remove File from Export List.  (See Screenshot 4-21.)  If you want to clear the entire list, likewise, choose Delete All.  Furthermore, if, for some reason, you want to reorder files, you can do so by grabing one row and move it up or down.  (See Screenshot 4-22.)

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-21

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-22

 

 

After importing background images to the top listbox and choosing an export format, you also needs to select an export destination (folder or volume).  By default, it will point to Desktop.  You can easily change the default export folder in Preferences.  (See the Export tab.)  In order to change the current export folder, simply click on the Select button.  And you will be prompted to select a folder.

How do you select a watermark image to use?  You don't.  When you chose File > Export, you already had a watermark image selected.  That is the watermark image and the only image used to watermark the background pictures in the listbox.

Finally, if you are ready to batch-watermark image files in the list, click on the Export button at the bottom.  (See Screenshot 4-23.)  This button will remain grayed out if

 

  • there is no acceptable source
  • no graphic format is selected
  • a compression rate is not selected provided that you have chosen JPEG
  • the selected export folder does not exist, or its path is invalid

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-23

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-24

 

 

After you click on Export, QuickPaste will analyze each file in the list once again.  If all of them are accessible, it will display a progress window.  (See Screenshot 4-26.)  Unfortunately, QuickPaste will not do a good job in showing an export progress.  That's because this process involves an intensive iteration, which the application will inevitably force itself to work on lines of tasks within the For ... Next loop.  The initially release of QuickPaste did not do a good job in showing an export progress.  This progress issue has been resolved with Version 1.0.5.

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-25

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-26

 

 

So how long will it take QuickPaste to watermark multiple images?  If you have 150 graphic files to watermark, it should take QuickPaste about 30 seconds to finish the entire job.  Of course, the process time should depend on the number of pixels that the application has to draw for each source file and also for the watermark picture.

 

 

Mac software QuickPaste

Screenshot 4-25

 

 

 

 

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