Comic Life allows you to access images from a variety of sources, including the Finder, iPhoto, and even an iSight or video camera. I loaded pictures from my digital camera into iPhoto before starting Comic Life, and they appeared in the Libraries area on the right side of the interface when I clicked the iPhoto button at the bottom. The Libraries area is shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4 Images in the Libraries area
After your library is open, it’s a simple matter of dragging the image you want into the panel you want it to appear in. With the image still active, you can click and drag on one of its control points to resize it. By default, images retain the correct aspect ratio, so you don’t have to worry about an image becoming too wide or too tall when you resize it. If you click on the Details button on the right (it’s next to the Libraries button), you’ll see a context menu for the image you have selected. Here you can see image attribute options. You can uncheck the Maintain Aspect Ratio box if you want to squash or stretch the image. You can also flip the image horizontally or vertically, lock it to keep it from being further edited, or uncheck the Clip checkbox to make the image appear outside of the panel’s confines. You can see some of these controls in Figure 7. We’ll have a look at the Style Attributes area in a minute. I chose to place all the images in my comic at once, but you can work on one panel at a time if you prefer; Comic Life isn’t about following rules. To select an image within a panel, simply double-click it.