Flatten allows you to merge selected objects with the background image, combining them into a single image. This is useful when bringing in images from another tool, because you can make them a permanent part of your background image. This makes it easier to add and manipulate additional objects.
Let's say you have an image provided by your marketing department. This image needs to be part of the background for every image in your documentation. There are times when marketing's image will be partially obscured by a callout, which is acceptable. However, because marketing's image is treated like an object, it can accidentally be moved or grouped with other objects. Flattening the image onto the background will eliminate these problems.
Once you have inserted the required image on the canvas in Capture, right-click the image object and select Flatten. Now you can place objects and callouts on the image without accidentally moving or selecting marketing's image.
- Open the image to which you have added objects.
- In the Capture Editor, select one or more objects.
Do one of the following, depending on the part of the user interface you are using:
Ribbon Select the Object ribbon. In the Order section, select .
Layout Toolbar Select .
Context Menu Select Flatten.
More about ribbon options… Keep in mind that the smaller the application window becomes, the more the options in a ribbon shrink. Therefore, you might only see a small icon instead of text, or you might see only a section name displayed with a down arrow to access the options in it. You can hover over small icons to see tooltips that describe them. You can also enlarge the application window or click one of the section drop-downs in the ribbon to locate a hidden feature.
The object(s) and its associated layer will be merged into the image.
Click to save your work.
Note: Any objects outside of the true canvas area will be cropped out when the image is flattened. If an object is partially outside of the true canvas area, it will be cropped at the true canvas border.
Note: Once you flatten an object into the image, the object layer is removed. You will not be able to edit the object properties once it has been flattened.
Note: If the background scale is set to anything other than 1.000, the canvas tools (magic wand, selection rectangle, color fill, pencil, eraser, and flatten) will not be available. Be sure to make changes to the canvas before making adjustments to the background scale.
If necessary, you can continue editing the image (e.g., adding objects, effects, a callout; cropping the image; resizing the image). Otherwise, you can finalize the image by saving it. See Editing Images.