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How can I change icon colors or shape colors?

I have 4 hexagon shaped tables of different colors in my classroom. I would like to make 4 different colored hexagons to use with various activities. When I try to change to color of the hexagon shape, the color won't stick in the shape. As soon as I click off the button, the color goes back to white. Any suggestions on how to get the color to stick in the shape?
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  • Nancy,

    Here are the steps to change the color of a symbol or part of a symbol in Boardmaker.

    To change the color of a symbol, or part of a symbol:

    1. Select the symbol you wish to edit from the Symbol Finder, and assign it to the button where it will ultimately be placed.
    2. Using the Pointer Tool, select the symbol. A dashed orange border will appear around the symbol.
    3. Select the Color Tool.
    * Note: The PCS library contains metafiles (scalable line drawings) that cannot be directly edited. The symbols must first be converted into a bitmap format before the paint tools can be used.
    4. You will be presented with the following alert: "To use Paint Tools on this metafile picture, it must first converted to a bitmap. This cannot be undone. Do you wish to convert it?".
    5. You must select Yes to continue.
    6. Select the color swatch you wish to use.
    7. You will be presented with the following alert: "You are about to change the transparency color of one or more pictures. Are you sure that you want to do this?".
    8. You must select Yes to continue.
    9. Change the color (Hover a USB mouse over the tools in the tool bar to see a description of the Fill Tool vs Fill All Tool):
    * Use the Fill Tool to change a selected portion of a symbol or picture with the chosen color.
    * Use the Fill All Tool to change all instances of a color throughout the symbol with the selected color.

    Regards,

    Dan
    Tech Support
    DynaVox Mayer-Johnson
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  • Hi Elizabeth,

    I did answer you other post, but here are the instructions again.

    1. Select the symbol you want to change.
    2. Right-click on the selected symbol and select Edit in Image Editor. (For gadget symbols you'll need to choose Select Contents first, then right-click again and choose Edit in Image Editor.)
    3. The symbol will come up in Paint. You can then edit the symbol's colors using the fill tool, as well as make other changes using all the tools in Paint.
    4. When finished editing the symbol, select the drop down triangle at the top right and select Save As.
    5. Name the image and save it as a bitmap in C:\Program Files\Mayer-Johnson\Boardmaker Studio.
    6. Import the bitmap you just created as a symbol. Select File Menu > Setup and Options. The Settings menu will open.
    7. Select Symbols and Language from the menu panel.
    8. Open the Symbol Manager (and the Tasks panel).
    9. In the Symbol Manager viewport, select the folder for the symbol category that will contain the symbol.
    10. Select Import. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Mayer-Johnson\Boardmaker Studio. Select the bitmap image you created.
    11. Select the Open button. The file browser will close, and the picture will be added as a symbol to the selected category in your My Symbols library.

    Darren Walsh
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  • Hi Donna,

    Here are the steps for editing a Symbol in Studio.

    1. Select the symbol you want to change.
    2. Right-click on the selected symbol and select Edit in Image Editor. (For gadget symbols you'll need to choose Select Contents first, then right-click again and choose Edit in Image Editor.)
    3. The symbol will come up in Paint. You can then edit the symbol's colors using the fill tool, as well as make other changes using all the tools in Paint.
    4. When finished editing the symbol, select the drop down triangle at the top right and select Save As.
    5. Name the image and save it as a bitmap in C:\Program Files\Mayer-Johnson\Boardmaker Studio.
    6. Import the bitmap you just created as a symbol. Select File Menu > Setup and Options. The Settings menu will open.
    7. Select Symbols and Language from the menu panel.
    8. Open the Symbol Manager (and the Tasks panel).
    9. In the Symbol Manager viewport, select the folder for the symbol category that will contain the symbol.
    10. Select Import. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Mayer-Johnson\Boardmaker Studio. Select the bitmap image you created.
    11. Select the Open button. The file browser will close, and the picture will be added as a symbol to the selected category in your My Symbols library.

    Darren Walsh
    -Mayer-Johnson Technical
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  • I do not get that option when I right click on the symbol.
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  • I have wasted so much time trying to change the colors of the symbols (which seems to work only 25% of the time), that I now copy and paste the symbols into Paint, change the color, and then copy and paste back into Boardmaker. Ridiculous.
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