Images on corkboard

I’ve imported several images (.jpg) to my corkboard to have as reference and/or inspiration. The original images are much larger than the image that shows up on the corkboard but that’s not a prob. I like that the corkboard presents them all the same size and so that I can see a number of them at once.

However, I clicked on them thinking the image would enlarge so I could see more detail and it didn’t. Is there a way to get them to do that, or with this program do they stay the size they are?


How did you get them onto the corkboard? That sounds really cool. I have images inside notes in my research folder, when I click on the relevant cards I see the images as content, but not actually pinned onto the board (I assume that’s what you mean).

Import>file>jpg from my computer

It’s very cool!

Yes, the media has to be imported directly into the Binder to show up on the Corkboard as a “Polaroid,” not embedded in a document. To adjust the size (and rotation) of an image that has been loaded into the editor, double-click the image. Same goes for embedded images, by the way. You’ll get a different looking tool, but you can manipulate how big an image is in a text document this way.

I’m brand new to this–loading these images is the very first thing I’ve done. (Images of my characters.)

So excuse me if my questions seem dumb but–

When you say double-click, I did that, and nothing happened.

When you mention the editor, is that something different from just clicking the photo on the corkboard?


Double-click on an image’s name in the section over on the left, where your files are shown.

That will open it as a single item - not on the corkboard, but taking up the whole pane (or the bottom or top half of a split pane, if you’re using a divided view).

Now double-click on this large image in the central pane, and a black gadget will appear with a slider that allows you to increase or decrease the scaling. If you dismiss that and just click within the image, it allows you to drag it here and there.

(Open to correction here - I’m new to the app.)

No, you’ve got it right, except that you should only need to click once on the file name in the Binder (that’s what “the section over on the left, where your files are shown” is called).

Oh, thank you! That worked. And thanks for the explanation of “binder.” I’m one of those Mac people who never reads anything and just dives in and starts using!

Keith’s tutorial is great. It may go against the grain for you – but I strongly suggest the tutorial, because it does get you immediately involved in the program (ie. it isn’t just something to read).

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The video on the front page is very handy for getting used to terminology and so on within the app:

By the way, I find that the use of ‘split’ both to talk about splitting off a document and to talk about dividing the viewing pane is kind of confusing. Maybe a rephrase might be good?

Well, in the year that Scrivener has been on sale and the three years that Scrivener has been in development, I am pleased to say that you are the first user to report any such confusion. :slight_smile: I really don’t think a rephrase would do anything but add to the confusion, as I don’t think there is anything confusing about the difference between splitting the editor and splitting the document. “Split” is the correct word in both cases, it is just that something different is being split. Unless you sometimes get confused about a split in your trousers and a banana split, of course. :smiley:


In certain crowds, I have noticed that this indeed a point of confusion.

Actually the two are closely related. Eating too many banana splits leads to splits in the pants. Especially in Portland, I hear :smiling_imp:

Of course it’s normal usage; may I suggest that we start the Movement for the Eradication of Synonyms immediately?

I’ve got a bit of an image problem here: I have an image as one of the files in a Research folder in one project, and on the corkboard, only the middle part of the image shows.

I know it should be possible to drag the image within that square so that the person’s face shows, but can;t find how to do it.

Actually, I’m not sure if that is possible. The corkboard representation of the image is just an icon. And remember that the displayed size of an index card will change if you alter the width of the inspector and/or the “cards across” setting.

Scriv would have to do some fairly nifty on-the-fly calculations to make an image always fill its index card icon perfectly, and even then it would rarely be a perfect fit.

Thanks, Antony.

By the way, can anyone help with another question on images?

I find that when I drag an image to the Inspector from the Binder, it arrives as an underlined title, rather than as an image.

Same thing when I drag it from the editing pane in the centre to the Inspector.

(I’m talking here about the ‘Document Notes’ section in the bottom of the Inspector, and the Drafts folder in the Binder.)

If I feck around a bit, I can finally get the image to display reliably in the Inspector’s Document Notes for that document, but I’m not sure what I’m doing.

What should I be doing to get the image to display in the Document Notes window in Inspector for a particular document?

This is a very handy psychological aid for writing characters: if you can get an image that looks like your initial idea of the character, it’s there nudging you as you expand information about that character.

Provided you’ve only got one file selected, they should get dropped in as images - unless you have the Option key held down. Holding the Option key down whilst dropping an image into the text or notes will cause it to be dropped as a Scrivener Link instead, which is what you are describing.

hello all,

I would like to know if it is possible to get a “polaroid-ed” corkboard with all my images embedded in my text files (documents). I mean: i write my screenplay with some photo screens inside, and i’d like to show theses pictures in my corkboard, just like a storyboard but with text inside.

I can import images directly to the binder, but i can’t put text before or after…

I checked “Show media files as photographs on corkboard” in my preferences, but this works only for texts with only images inside. I would like to mix both (images and texts).

All my thanks,