PI8 Basics #18: Exporting Galleries & Libraries


Exporting custom Galleries (presets) and Libraries (objects) from the EasyPalette is a great way to back them up to a non-PI folder on your hard drive. That way if PI ever blows up or you have to reinstall it, you'll be able to Import your custom galleries and libraries right back into the EasyPalette easily.

For simply backing up your original presets and objects, Exporting is the way to go. However, PI8 added the "Package" option, which is great for sharing presets with other users. It saves an active gallery or library as another file in a specified folder, including all linked custom image, texture or background files.

To Export a Gallery, first select the desired Gallery in the EasyPalette. Click the Gallery down arrow to select a Gallery. Then click the down arrow and choose Gallery Manager, Export.

gallery manager

Alternatively, right click directly on the desired gallery in tree view and choose Export.

export gallery

Whichever method you use, you'll get the Export Gallery dialog box. Browse to and select a folder to which you'll save the gallery file. Give the file a name in the File name box. By default, it is saved as an .SMP file, Ulead's proprietary file type for presets.

export save options

Note in the screen shot above that you can choose to save "All thumbnails of the current group" (the default) or "Selected thumbnails of the current group." If you're only going to save some of the thumbnails, you have to select them before you Export the .SMP file. Click Save to save the .SMP file to a non-PI folder on your hard drive.

To Export a Library, click the down arrow next to the Library button and choose the desired library. Then click the down arrow and select Object Library Manager, Export.

export library

Alternatively, select the desired library in tree view, then right click on it and choose Export.

export library command

Either method will access the Export Object Library dialog box.

Browse to and select a folder to which you'll save the library. Give the file a name in the File name box. Note that it will be saved with the .UOL file extension Ulead uses for object libraries. Note also that you can choose to save "All thumbnails of the current group" or "Selected thumbnails of the current group." If you pick the latter option, you must select the thumbnails in the EasyPalette before you Export the library.

If you wish to share preset galleries (or library objects) which use your own original images as bump maps, reflections or backgrounds, the Package option is a better choice. It will place the .SMP or .UOL file, as well as all images needed to make it work as a unit, into one folder. For example, all of the files needed for a preset or a web page template would be saved in one file. Then you can zip it up and offer it for download from your web site.

To package, click the Gallery or Library down arrow and choose Gallery/Library Manager, Package. Alternatively, right click directly on the desired library or gallery in tree view and choose Package.

package command

Either method will access the Package Gallery or Package Library dialog box. Browse to and select a folder to which you'll save the package. Give the package a name in the File name box. By default, gallery packages will be saved with the .SMP file extension, and library packages will be saved with the .UOL file extension.

package gallery box

Note in the screen shot above that you can choose to package "All thumbnails of the current group" (the default) or "Selected thumbnails of the current group." If you're only going to package some of the thumbnails, you have to select them in the EasyPalette before you use the Package command. Click Save to package the gallery or library.

This tutorial uploaded 5/30/03

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