It really depends on what exactly you need to do. For example, if all you want is an easy way to blot out some words, use a Highlight Box object at zero percent transparency. Then merge it into the background. Or maybe you need an image added in. Add the image separately and merge it.
Last week we needed to render an option button as unselected. In that case I just right-clicked and opened in Microsoft Paint. Duplicated another and overlaid the errant one. Closed and saved. Total update time from start to finish was less than two minutes.
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In addition to the suggestions of Rick for editing objects, there is an easy roundtrip to editing software.
Not only the CP-competitors do this, but it is the same in CP:
- I search the background in the Library (CTRL-ALT-F or Quick Menu on the slide)
- use the right mouse button on the Background in the library
- choose 'Edit with ....' if you have some graphical software linked (I do use Photoshop, only have to use CTRL-U)
- when you are finished save and you will be returned to CP.
Thanks Rick and Lilybiri!
That is exactly what I tried (even did it again just a moment ago)....
I right-click on the background in the library and select "edit with .... " (in this particular case, I am using Paint.net), I edit the graphic, save it, but no change is made.
What am I doing wrong?
I will try with Photoshop when I get home.
Just tried the workflow again (roundtrip to PS, I'm using CS3 but it worked also with a trial version of CS4). Just to add to the described workflow: if I do not want to save the file in PS, but only want to adapt the background in CP (format BMP), I do not choose Save in PS, but Close. You will be asked confirm the changes. This is one of my favourite improvements in CP4, certainly because I'm using PS since years. But it should work also with other graphical software, I think.
Just hope I have been able to prove at least for this feature that CP is not worse than his concurrents (I'm not an Adobe employee, but after comparing different solutions, got addicted to CP and try by introducing feature and bug requests to stimulate the CP-team to go steadily on with improvements).