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Sprout Pro by HP G2 - Managing and Editing Images with WorkTools Stage

This information applies to WorkTools Stage included with the Sprout Pro by HP G2.
In WorkTools Stage you can manage and edit your images. You can create different Stages to organize your images and content, view images in Freeform or Grid view, and save images and Stages for later use.

Recent updates to WorkTools Stage

WorkTools Stage was updated with the following enhancements:

Opening Capture from Stage

With WorkTools Stage open on the touch mat, you can launch Capture so that captured images go directly to Stage for editing. There is no need to click or tap the send-to-Stage button in the right column in Capture.
In WorkTools Stage, tap the camera icon to open Capture on the vertical screen.
Figure : Camera icon to open Capture
Camera icon to open Capture

Editing in WorkTools Stage

You can do many things with your images in Stage including:
  • Drag and drop images from the desktop onto Stage, and from Stage to the desktop and other apps such as Microsoft Office apps or email.
  • Open multiple images on the stage.
  • Open or close navigation bars on the left and right for easy access to commands.
  • Mark or draw on an image with the Ink tool with a finger, stylus, or the HP Active Pen.
  • Group and layer images with the tools.
  • Remove background, autofix, crop, rotate, adjust, and filter with the editing tools.
  • Save and export formats including .STAGE (default), .PNG, and .JPG.
To get started using the Stage, follow these instructions:
  1. To display and use the WorkTools Stage, touch the middle icon on the base connected to the mat.
    Figure : Menu button
    Icons beneath the display where the mat plugs in
  2. Tap Stage on the Launcher.
    Figure : Stage
    Stage button on the Launcher
  3. The Stage opens on the touch mat.
    Figure : Stage on the touch mat
    Stage with the monitor and the touch mat showing
  4. Drag a graphic from the navigation bar on the left.
    Figure : Open graphic in Stage
    Open graphic in Stage
  5. Resize the graphic.
    Select the graphic by tapping it. The blue border with the dots in the corners indicate the item is selected. Resize the graphic by touching a corner and dragging it smaller or larger.
    Figure : Graphic resized smaller
    Graphic resized smaller
  6. After editing the image it can be saved as a .PNG (default), or .JPG.
Moving multiple objects: One, two, or more captures can be active in Stage at the same time. With multiple objects or captures open on Stage, they can be moved simultaneously. Touch each of the objects you want to move, two or more, and drag them to other locations on the touchmat.
Using To front and To back: One, two, or more captures can be active in Stage at the same time. Graphics can be stacked one on top of the other(s) by moving a graphic from front to back and back to front. Tap the small arrows at the top of the right navigation bar to display the function of the editing tools.
To layer one captured graphic over another, use these instructions:
  1. With two or more captured graphics on the Stage, select one and tap To back.
    Figure : Capture selected, tapping To back
    Capture selected, tapping To back
  2. Tap to unselect it.
    Figure : Tap the capture to deselect it
    Tap capture to deselect it
    Figure : To back is complete
    To back is complete
  3. After editing the image it can be saved as a PNG (default), or .JPG.
Using Ink: With an image selected, tap the Ink tools on the menu bar to enable the Ink tools. These tools control the pen and highlighter width and color, and enable the eraser. Draw with your finger, the mouse, or the HP Active Pen.
  1. Tap the Ink tools button to open editing tools.
    Figure : Tapping Ink tools
    Tapping the Ink button
  2. Tap Brush or Highlighter to wirte with the Active Pen. You can also select select Touch writing if you want to write with your finger.
    Figure : Touch writing menu
    Touch writing menu
    To select a color and line width, tap the Color button.
    Figure : Color button
    Color button
  3. Select a color and adjust the width of the color lines by sliding the white button to the left or the right.
    Figure : Color selected, thick line
    Color selected, thick line
  4. To write on Stage with the HP Active Pen, Brush must be selected. Both Touch writing and Brush or Highlighter may be selected at the same time to write on the touchmat with your finger and pan simultaneously.
    Draw on Stage on the touch mat. The line width varies for the Brush and Highlighter marks depending on the pressure applied to the mat with the pen, or according to the selection made in the color pallet.
    The more pressure applied to the pen while writing on the mat, the thicker the resulting line is. The maximum thickness is determined by the line thickness setting in the color and line width selections.
    Figure : Lines of varying widths
    Lines of varying widths depending on the pressure applied
    The Brush and Highlighter are similar, but the brush makes a solid line and the highlighter makes a transparent or see-through line, like a highlighter pen.
      Figure : Brush and highlighter strokes
      Brush and hightlighter strokes
    1. Pen stroke
    2. Highlighter stroke
    To erase, tap the eraser and then tap unwanted lines to erase them. You must erase the lines before they are saved.
  5. Save your project file as .PNG or .JPG.

Viewing and working with 3D files

Now you can open, import, or export 3D files in Stage. The 3D files can be viewed at different angles. 3D files can be sent and opened directly from Camera 3D. See Capturing a 3D Image with Camera 3D for instructions to export the 3D image from Camera 3D into Stage.

View the 3D capture

View your 3D object from any angle.
  1. Touch the blue button in the middle of the 3D graphic.
  2. Drag your finger across the screen to view your object in any angle.
Figure : Blue button to view different angles
Blue button to view different angles
Figure : Viewing a different angle
Viewing different angle
Figure : Viewing different angle
Viewing a different angle

Save the 3D image

Save your object as a 3mf file.
  1. Tap Save objects.
    Figure : Saving 3D object
    Save objects button
  2. Tap the arrow to show the list of file types, and then select 3D file(*.3mf).
    Figure : Selecting the 3D file type
    Selecting the 3D file type
  3. Name the file, determine where you want it saved, and then click Save.
    Figure : Saving the 3D file
    Saving the 3D file

Open or import a 3D image

Open 3D objects from obj or 3mf files.
  1. Tap the import button in the lower left corner of the Stage screen.
    Figure : Import button
    Import button
  2. In the Open window, open the file type drop-down menu, and then select 3D objects (*.obj *.3mf).
    Figure : Selecting 3D objects
  3. Browse to the 3D object, then double-click the icon to open it.

Customizing the background in Stage

Select a custom background for your image in Stage using the following instructions:
Tap the settings button.
Figure : Selecting settings
Opening settings with the settings button
Select the desired background.
Figure : Selecting the background
Selecting grid for the custom background
Figure : Grid background
Grid background

Capturing a document with Doc segmentation

In Stage, you can save an open document in as a captured document, without the background of the touchmat in the saved image. To segment a document on the touchmat, use the following instructions:
  1. Open a document in WorkTools Stage.
    Figure : Document in stage
    Document in WorkTools Stage
  2. Tap the Edit button on the menu.
    Figure : Edit
    Edit button
  3. Tap Doc segmentation.
    Figure : Doc segmentation
    Edit with Doc segmentation selected
  4. The document is automatically selected. Use the corner handles to change the perimeter of the document if it not accurately selected.
    Figure : Document selected
    Document selected
  5. Tap the Doc Segmentation button again.
    Figure : Doc segmentation
    Edit with Doc segmentation selected
    The document is selected, and you can now rotate or mirror the image as indicated in the edit menu.
    Figure : Doc segmentation
    Edits with Doc segmentation selected
  6. Hint: The blue check to right of Doc segmentation toggles the changes on and off. You can switch between the edited image or the document and the original capture by taping the blue button
    Figure : Doc segmentation
    Doc segmentation
      caution:
    The Revert and Discard buttons return to the original capture, or the last saved version, cancelling any changes you made. It is more permanent; you cannot toggle back from the unedited image to the edited image.
    Figure : Discard and Revert
    Discard and Revert buttons

Cutting out an object

The Cut out tool in the editing options lets you cut out parts of an image. With an image in Stage, you can take away parts of the image using the following instructions:
  1. Tap the Edit button on the menu.
    Figure : Edit
    Edit button
  2. Tap Cut out.
    Figure : Cut out
    Cut out
  3. The image appears with an automatically selected portion to cut out. The portion selected to be cut out is a reddish color.
    Figure : Reddish portion selected for cut out
    Portion of the image selected for cut out.
    Tap the Cut out icon for the selected portion to be cut out.
    Figure : Cut out
    Tapping the cut out icon
    Figure : Capture with background discarded
    Background cut out of image
  4. To cut out more of the background, tap Cut out again. Use your finger or the mouse to draw a line on the part of the image you want to cut out.
    When you draw lines on the image with the mouse, there is either a white plus (+) or a red minus (-) as part of the cursor on the screen.
    • Red minus (-): makes a red line and cuts out the portion of the graphic where the red line is.
    • White plus (+): makes a blue line on the graphic and adds, or keeps that portion of the graphic.
    Figure : Red lines on the capture
    Red lines on the capture
    Tap Cut out to save the changes.
    Figure : Cut out
    Tap Cut out to effect the cut out
    The capture is shown with the parts cut out.
    Figure : Capture with cut outs
    Image with cutouts
  5. With the background selected to be cut out from the capture, tap Cut out to save the changes.
    Figure : Cut out
    Cut out
    Hint: The blue check to right of Cut out toggles the changes on and off. You can switch between the edited image and the original capture by taping the blue button.
    Figure : Cut out
    Cut out
      caution:
    The Revert and Discard buttons return to the original capture, or the last saved version, cancelling any changes you made. It is more permanent; you cannot toggle back from the unedited image to the edited image.
    Figure : Discard and Revert
    Discard and Revert buttons

Making adjustments to the image

After capturing an image, there are many adjustments you can make to your capture. Color options include black and white, sepia, auto fix, or back to the original color. Adjustment slider bars are available to adjust the brightness, contrast, and the saturation of the capture. The last three adjustment slider bars are for color overlay, transparency, and sharpening.
  1. Tap the Edit button on the menu.
    Figure : Edit button
  2. Tap Adjust to open the adjustment menu.
    Figure : Opening the Adjust menu
    Open the adjust menu
  3. Make desired changes to the capture using the adjustment options.
    Figure : Editing options
    Editing options
  4. For example, tap Sepia to change to the sepia tone.
    Figure : Graphic in sepia tone
    Graphic with sepia selected.
    To return to the default setting in the adjustments, click Default at the bottom of the adjustment options.
  5. With the image edited from the Adjust selections, tap Adjust to save the changes.
    Figure : Adjust
    Adjust
    The blue check to right of Adjust toggles the changes on and off. You can switch between the edited image and the original capture by tapping the blue button.
    Figure : Adjust
    Adjust
    Be careful when using the Revert or the Discard buttons. Both of them take the changes away and go back to the unedited capture.
      caution:
    The Revert and Discard buttons return to the original capture, cancelling any changes you made. It is more permanent; you cannot toggle back from the unedited image to the edited image.
    Figure : Discard and Revert
    Discard and Revert buttons
  6. When the adjustments are complete, save your project file as .PNG or .JPG.

Presenting on an external display

If an external display is connected to Sprout, you can present the mat on the external display by using the Present On/Off button.
Figure : Present On/Off button
Present on and off button
The Present button will not be active unless an external monitor is connected. Connect the external monitor with an HDMI cable. The HDMI output port is located on the back of the Sprout next to the four USB 2.0 ports.
Figure : HDMI output port
HDMI output port
With the external display connected to Sprout with an HDMI cable, and the Present On button active, the external display shows what is on the touch mat in WorkTools Stage.
    Figure : Touch mat images (3) presented on external monitor (1)
    Touch pad images presented on the external display
  1. External display
  2. Vertical Sprout screen
  3. Stage open on the touch mat

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