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Anatomy of an iScrapKit
By The iScrapbook Team, last updated 06/19/2010

The images inside of an iScrapKit are 100% compatible with nearly all graphics editing programs. This is because all of the images in the kit are in popular industry-standard formats like PNG and JPEG. You can thus use the images in the kit with popular programs like Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, CorelDraw, etc.

Of course, you'll gain additional benefits by using iScrapKits with software that can fully take advantage of an iScrapKit's special features like searching, close-up previews, and more. To take advantage of these special features you'll need to use software products that understand these features like iScrapbook for Mac or iScrapBox for Mac. That said, it's worth repeating that the images inside of the kit can be used with any PC or Mac program.

After you purchase a kit, you will be able to download it. All kit downloads have been compressed in the industry-standard ".zip" format which both Mac and PC computers support. Your web browser should automatically "unzip" (uncompress) the file once the download is complete.

PC USERS: After the download has been unzipped, you'll see a folder on your Desktop or in your Downloads folder that looks similar to this: MAC USERS: After the download has been unzipped, you'll see a special folder in your Downloads folder that looks similar to this:

The folder you see is called an "iScrapKit" and it contains all of the artwork files in the kit. But an ScrapKit is more than just a collection of high-quality images. iScrapKits also contain built-in information about the kit and each image in the kit. This information makes it easy to browse and search for the perfect image without any additional setup or organization on your part when used with software that supports these additional features (like iScrapbook). For example, you can quickly search your iScrapKits for an orange bow made out of ribbon. Among other things, iScrapKits store the following information for each image in the kit's metadata file (see the "contents.xml" file described below):
  • Name
  • Tags
  • Primary & Secondary Colors
  • Actual Colors
Opening an iScrapKit is easy. Here's how:

PC USERS: Click or double-click the folder to open it. MAC USERS: Control-click or right-click on the iScrapKit. A contextual menu will appear. Choose "Show Package Contents". The iScrapKit will open.

Once you've opened the iScrapKit, you'll see the following files and folders:


Each file and folder is described below. You'll want to pay particular attention to the "Images" folder if you want to use the images in the kit with products other than iScrapbook.

Artist.jpg This is an image of the artist who created the kit.

contents.xml This xml file contains metadata about each image in the kit. Metadata includes information about the kit itself (name, description, etc.) and the images in the kit (name, tags, colors, etc.). Software products like iScrapbook use this metadata for display and searching purposes.

Copyright.txt This file contains copyright information for the kit and images therein.

Images This folder contains all of the actual high-resolution (300 dpi) images in the kit. These are the images you'll want to use in 3rd-party software products like Photoshop.

Kit_Preview.jpg This file is a large (screen resolution) preview that shows a collage of all the images in the kit.

License.pdf This file contains the license that governs all the images in the kit. It lists the prohibited and non-prohibited uses of the images in the kit

License.png This file is an image that contains a warning about not stealing digitial artwork.

Thumbnails This folder contains a small thumbnail image for each full-size image in the main "Images" folder. Software products like iScrapbook use these thumbnail images for quickly displaying small previews of each image in the kit. You should never use the images in this folder in third-party products like Photoshop since they won't be sufficiently high-resolution.

Thumbnails_Detailed This folder contains a small "close-up" thumbnail image for each full-size image in the main "Images" folder. Software products like iScrapbook use these close-up thumbnail images for quickly displaying small close-up previews of each image in the kit.



Please remember that distributing or sharing the images in any kit with others is STEALING/PIRACY (similar to the unauthorized distribution or sharing of digital music).


 
 
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