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Navigation: Editing Images & Elements

Shapes, Text & Pictures

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The Shapes, Text and Picture and Cursors tools can add a wide variety of different elements to your images. In static images you can use them to modify your images and add elements to them to make a composite image.


You can translate your text automatically!

Note that HelpXplain includes the amazingly powerful and accurate DeepL machine translation with which you can translate all the text in your Xplain between 30 international languages. See Translation Support for details.

You need to select a slide to add elements

Elements can only be added to a slide. If you are working on a single picture it is always contained in its own slide. To edit it you just need to select the slide in the Slides list on the left, then the image will automatically zoom into the editing window.

If you are editing a project with multiple slides, first select the slide you want to add to in the Slides list.

General manipulation for all elements:

Drag the handles around the element to scale and resize it. Use the Arrange tool in the Home tab or the right-click context menu for the element to change its position above or below other elements.


Additional pointers:

The blue (+) node for adding pointers can add up to a total of 10 pointers in shapes that support this. The only exception are the teardrop-shaped numbering tags, which only have 1 pointer. To delete a pointer drag it back into the body of the shape.

Drag in increments and snap to grid

Hold CTRL or SHIFT to drag the pointer in fixed increments or to snap it to the grid, if snap to grid is activated in the View menu.

Change the curve of the corners

Some shapes have curved corners that you can adjust. These corners have two small yellow handles at one corner. Moving these handles along the border from the corner changes the curve of the corner:


Choose a theme before inserting elements

If you want a uniform theme for all the elements in your project, choose it first in the Design tab.


Then all the elements you insert will use the theme. Applying a theme when elements are already present will only format elements that have not been formatted.

Hot tip: Copy theme settings from an existing Xplain!

Each Xplain stores its own theme settings. Once you have set up one with the configuration you like you can import it to another Xplain. Just select Customize Theme in the Design tab, select the Copy From... button and select the .xplain file with the customized theme you want to use.