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How Do I Insert a Picture Into My Cmap?

One assignment you may be asked to complete is to insert an image into your Cmap for a background, or just to have an image. This process is not as easy or intuitive as it can be in other programs, so this tutorial will help to accomplish this task.

Downloading Pictures From the Internet

First, find an image on the internet that you would like to use.

Second, be aware of copyright laws that prohibit the use of some images. Use an advanced Google Search in order to find pictures that are free to use.

Once you have found an image you would like to use, right click on the picture or if you are using a Mac, control click on the picture and select "save image as"

Saving Images

When you click on "save image as" another window will pop up that should look something like this:

Save Window

  1. In this space, you may type in whatever you wish to name this image so you can find it more easily.
  2. If you click on the arrows in this section, you will be able to choose the location where this image should be saved.

Be sure to save your picture in a location that is easy for you to access and you will remember where you saved it. The Desktop is always a good option.

Inserting Images Into CmaTools

After you have saved your image, find it where ever you saved it. The easiest way to get the picture into Cmap is by clicking and dragging it from where you saved it to the main window of Cmap.

You may also use a picture that is already on your computer following the same steps.

When you have done this, a new window will appear, asking for information about the image.

Image Information Window

  1. Again, this is a space where you can rename the image so that it is more clear what the image is.
  2. If you click on this button, you can change the size of your image or crop it before the image enters Cmap.
  3. If you select this box it will turn your picture into clip art, and that can be inserted into your Cmap without being a background. You must resize your image if you want it to enter Cmap as Clip Art.

The easiest way to insert an image into Cmap and be able to manipulate it easily is to make it Clip Art. Otherwise, inserting images can only be done as a background, and only one image can be in the Cmap at a time as a background.


  1. These two buttons allow you rotate the image. The one on the left flips the picture from right to left. The button on the right flips the picture from top to bottom. If you clicked each button once, you would have an upside down Jesus looking left.
  2. These options are the suggested sizes for your image. If you select any one of these, the picture on the right will change to show you what it will look like at that size.
  3. If you made your picture into clip art, these are suggested sizes for it. These can still be used for your original image if you would like. You must select one of these in order to turn your image into clip art.
  4. In this section you are able to type in custom sizes for your image if you have specifics. You can also change the scaling percentage.

When you are finished modifying your image, click ok and then click ok on the "Edit Resource Properties" window.

Images in the Main Window

Once you have added the picture to the CmapTools main window, the image will show up with any other Cmaps you have saved.

  1. The icon in the bottom right corner tells you that this is the regular image, not clip art.
  2. The icon in the bottom right corner tells you that this is clip art, not the normal image.

In order to insert the image into the Cmap you are working on, you must first open the Cmap.

Inserting Clip Art to Your Cmap

To insert a picture as Clip Art, click and drag the clip and place it in your Cmap.

The image should appear in your cmap. You cannot change the size of the image inside Cmap, but you can move it around easily.

Clip Art

Clip Art inserted into your Cmap functions in the same way as a concept does. To insert text on an image follow the instructions for entering text in a concept.

Altering in the Style Palette

In the Style Palette under the Object tab, there are options to edit background of your concept, which is basically what the Clip Art is.

  1. The first option is to remove th background image, which would remove the Clip Art  from your cmap.
  2. This second option allows you adjust how the image looks within the concept.
  3. The last option allows you to adjust where the text appears in regards to the image.

Inserting a Cmap Background

Select the Cmap tab in the Style Palette.

Click on the icon with the plus in front of the picture.

Selection Window

A new window will appear where you will select what image you want to be your background.

Select which image you wish to make your background.

Click ok.

Example of Background

A background in your Cmap cannot be manipulated as easily as a Clip Art image. You can't just click and drag it to move it around, additional steps must be taken.

Editing in the Style Palette

After you have inserted a background, the rest of the background buttons can be used in the Style Palette.

  1. This will remove your current background image.
  2. This gives you the option to turn your background image into a tiled image. (This is a repeated pattern of your picture.)
  3. This allows you to click and drag your background image to a different location. You can also change the size of the picture by clicking and dragging one of the corners. After you have finished either click the green check to save what you did to the image or the red X to cancel.
  4. This button scales your background to your cmap.
  5. This button centers your background on your cmap.


  1. Example of moving the background. The green check and red X are in the top left corner.
  2. Example of tiled background.

Created by Kevin