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The Graphic dialog.


This dialog allows the designer to modify properties of the image object, in terms of the image used and the appearance of the frame around that image. The image can be either embedded or linked, and its original aspect ratio can be maintained while scaling to fit within the frame.

For information on how a placed image object can be modified graphically, directly in the workspace, see Graphical Editing.


The Graphic dialog can be accessed during placement by pressing the Tab key.

After placement, the dialog can be accessed in one of the following ways:

  • Double-clicking on the placed image object.
  • Placing the cursor over the image object, right-clicking and choosing Properties from the context menu.


  • Border Width – this field sets the width of the border drawn around the graphic image. Available widths are: Smallest, Small, Medium, and Large.
  • Border Color – click the color sample to change the color used for the border around the graphic image, using the standard Choose Color dialog.
  • Location X1/Y1 – the current X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) coordinates for the bottom-left corner of the object. Edit these values to change the position of this corner in the horizontal and/or vertical planes respectively.
  • Location X2/Y2 – the current X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) coordinates for the top-right corner of the object. Edit these values to change the position of this corner in the horizontal and/or vertical planes respectively.


  • FileName – enter the path and filename of the image to be used directly into this field, or click the associated Browse button to the right to access a standard Open dialog, with which to search for an image.
The following image formats are supported: .bmp, .dcx, .dib, .emf, .jpg, .pcx, .png, .rle, .tif, .svg, .tga, .wmf.
  • Embedded – enable this option to store a copy of the placed image inside the schematic document. If this option is disabled, only a link to the image file will be stored.
Care should be taken when using linked images – if the location of the image changes, you will need to update the link accordingly, using the FileName field.
  • Border On – enable this option to display a border (or frame) around the image.
  • X:Y Ratio 1:1 – enable this option to retain the graphic image's original aspect ratio. The image will be scaled to fit optimally into the frame size specified, while maintaining the original aspect ratio of the image. If this option is disabled, the image is stretched to fit exactly into the drawn frame size, which can lead to distortion of the image.
  • Locked – enable this option to protect the image from being edited graphically.
An object that has its Locked property enabled cannot be selected or graphically edited. Double click on the locked object directly and disable the Locked property, to graphically edit the object.


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