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This documentation is to help you understand the Software and to give you a more meaningful insight into what it can do. Please go through the documentation and read it carefully · Basic Excel skills will be required
You will need the following Excel Version & Prerequisite to use this Software
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Montage creates layout Worksheets for you to add images. It fits the Images to the Cell dimensions and uses Cell Formatting with Image transparency to make beautiful Montages. You can create "A4", "A3" or Custom Worksheets, ready to Print or Save as PDF. Measurements are in "CM" or "INCH" and you can choose the Image size, the Cell Shape, the Border size and the Cell Format. You can embed the Images or Link the Images and apply Transparency to allow the Cell Format to come through underneath the Images. Montage includes standalone Code that you can use in your own Projects to select any number of Cells and Embed Images
Open the Montage.xlsm File and familiarize yourself with all of the settings
Let's create a simple "A4" Worksheet with 4 x 10cm Embedded Images, a small Border and Image Transparency. This will be ready to Print. Start by adjusting the Settings if required as shown below. Ensure that the 'Recommended' RadioButton is selected. By selecting the Cell Shape as 'Square' Montage will decide how best to fit these to the "A4" Paper size and Portrait Orientation. It chooses to fit 4 Images 10cm as 2 Horizontally and 2 Vertically. You can leave the Cell Format as the default Formatting
Now ensure that you select Embed Images and Image Transparency
Press the 'Create a Layout' Button to create the Worksheet. Excel will now prompt you to add the Images required. Browse to where your Images are stored and select 4. I selected 4 'Fashion' Images. When Montage has finished, press CTRL+P to bring up the Print Dialog. Montage has fitted the 4 10cm Images into an "A4" Worksheet. The result is shown below with the nice Cell Formatting coming through the Image Transparency
Montage Settings are adjusted on the 'Create a Layout' Worksheet. Here are all of the Montage Settings with a description of what they do and their default settings:
Page Layout Measurement: cm units for how everything will be measured, default = cm Paper Size: A4 the paper size - adjacent Width/Height, default = A4 Orientation: Portrait which way up your document will be generated, default = Portrait Cell Shape & Borders Cell Shape: Square the Excel cell shapes that will be generated, default = Square Size [cm]: 10 dimension of a single cell Border [px]: 5 internal border size of a single cell Apply Cell Format: No apply a Cell Format to all of the Cells, default = No The Number of Images & Dimensions that fit your chosen Paper Size Recommended: (RadioButton) system recommended settings Custom: (RadioButton) your own custom settings. Important!: Row Heights must be <=14 cm Miscellaneous Settings Embed Images: Yes will embed any images selected as opposed to maintaining a link to the Filename and Filepath of the image (linked images will not travel with this Workbook, but selecting 'No' will dramtically reduce the Workbook Size), default = Yes Add Images: Yes will run the AddImages() Subroutine upon document generation, default = Yes. If No is selected, this Subroutine will apply all of the Worksheet & Print settings and then you can run the AddImages() Subroutine using ALT+F8 to add your own images Move & Size Images: No enables the image or picture to move & size with Cells or to be free floating, default = No Left Margin [px]: 0 print setting - the left margin, default = 0 Right Margin [px]: 0 print setting - the right margin, default = 0 Top Margin [px]: 0 print setting - the top margin, default = 0 Bottom Margin [px]: 0 print setting - the bottom margin, default = 0 Display Page Breaks: No will draw Page Breaks, default = No Print Quality [DPI]: 600 sets the Print quality, default = 600 Black & White: No will only Print Black & White Images, default = No Center Horizontally: Yes center all of the Images Horizontally. Important!, set this to No if Margins are used, default = Yes Center Vertically: Yes center all of the Images Vertically. Important!, set this to No if Margins are used, default = Yes Lock Aspect Ratio: No lock the aspect ratio - enables best fit of Image to prevent any distortion. Important! - Images will not fit the entire Cells if this is set to Yes, default = No Center if Locked: Yes will center the image if Lock Aspect Ratio = Yes, default = Yes Gridlines: No toggles the Gridlines visibility for your document, default = No Headings: No toggles the Headings visibility for your document, default = No Default Folder: (Button) browse to set the default Folder for Montage to use when browsing for images Select all Images: No will select all of the images added at the end of the process, default = No. Please Note: if there are any existing image on the Worksheet they will also be Selected Image Transparency: Yes make images Transparent, default = No, if set to Yes, then you need to specify the Transparency value. Important! - if you set this to Yes, you must also set Embed Images to Yes!
By default, Images are embedded into the Workbook whenever using Montage. You can change this setting to 'FALSE' to force Montage to only 'Link' Images. Linking Images, however, means that the Images will NOT travel with the Workbook if it is distributed
A word of warning when embedding Images - check the SIZE of the Image. Remember your Workbook will grow very large in size if you are adding 8 x 2MB Images!
Locking the Aspect Ratio will force Montage to fit an Image within the Cell but it will not simply resize the Image to the Width and Height of the Cell, it will choose the best way to fit the Image inside the Cell, whilst maintaining its Shape ie. it will not DISTORT the Image. Take a look at the Image below with Lock Aspect Ratio set to "No" - it's not that distorted because the Cell shape is similar to the shape of the Image. Montage has fitted it perectly to the Cell dimensions
If we resize the Cell to a square shape, let's see how the Image fits to the Cell with Aspect Ratio set to "No" - it doesn't look perfect, the Image is DISTORTED meaning that it looks like it has been stretched vertically, the Height is wrong and the people look thinner
Now, take a look at the same Image but added to a Cell that is more square in shape with Lock Aspect Ratio set to "Yes" - see how Montage tries to do a best fit on the Cell for the Image whilst maintaining the correct aspect ratio. Montage knows it has to shrink the height of the Image in order to do a best fit due to the rectangular Image shape. It's not the same dimension as the Cell, but it still looks perfect. This is what happens when you Lock the Aspect Ratio and the Cells are not the same shape as your Images
Tip: crop your Images if they are Landscape in shape ie. 6 x 4 Photographs so that they are square in shape if you want them to fit into a square Cell
Code has been added to Montage that can Scale the Images already created to completely fit the "A4" or "A3" Worksheets. After adding Images, you can run this Subroutine by pressing ALT+F8 and running the ScaleImages() Subroutine. I did not write this and the attribution is unknown. Please Note, this does not work with all Excel Versions and Printers!
' ScaleImages, will scale the Images to fit the Paper Size using (zoom %) Public Sub ScaleImages() Dim CurrView CurrView = ActiveWindow.View With ActiveSheet.PageSetup Application.ScreenUpdating = False .zoom = 100 Do Until .Pages.Count > 1 Or .zoom = 400 ActiveWindow.View = xlNormalView .zoom = .zoom + 1 ActiveWindow.View = xlPageBreakPreview Loop If .zoom <> 100 Then .zoom = .zoom - 1 End If ActiveWindow.View = CurrView ActiveSheet.DisplayPageBreaks = False End With Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub
Whenever you create a new layout, a new Worksheet will be added directly after the 'Create a Layout' Worksheet. Worksheet Tab Naming convention when 'Creating a Layout' is as follows:
Paper Size Paper Orientation Measurement Number of Horizontal Images Number of Vertical Images Count of the Number of Current Worksheets - 3 (the License WOrksheet, the Hidden System Worksheet and the Create a Layout Worksheet
The last part of the Tab Name will generate a consecutive Integer number to ensure a unique Worksheet Name. Worksheet Tab Names will be truncated if >= 31 characters to 28 characters and "..." - this is unlikely unless a very large number of Worksheets are created. Here are a couple of examples of Worksheet Tab Names each created one after another:
A4_Portrait_cm_2x2_1 A3_Landscape_inch_5x3_2 A3_Landscape_inch_16x11_3
To use the Standalone Code in your own Project, in the 'Montage.xlsm' File open the 'mdStandAloneCode' Code Module in the VBA Editor and select all the Code. Copy the Code to the Clipboard (CTL+C). Go to your own Project Code Module and Paste in the Code (CTL+V). Now Edit the ':: CONFIG' section of the Code for the available settings ie. 'MontageBorder', 'MontageLockAspectRatio' etc. The Cell Format is referencing Cell "G15". Change this if you want to use a specific Cell Format in another Cell. Scroll down until you come to the 'Private Sub Montage()' Subroutine and change the word 'Private' to 'Public'. Once you have set up these settings, switch to your Worksheet and press CTRL+F8 and run the 'Montage()' Subroutine to add your images (you can change the Name of this if you wish). In the example Image below I set 'MontageBorder' to 1, set 'MontageUseTransparency' to "Yes", set 'MontageApplyCellFormat' to "Yes" and changed 'MontageCellFormat' to Cell "G2" and added my Cell Formatting to "G2". I then added 3 Images which were resized to the exact Cell dimensions
Here is a Photo that has been added to a single resized Cell without using the 'Create a Layout' Button. I simply added a Cell Format and then ran the AddImages() Subroutine that comes with Montage to add the Photo
Here I run through some of the settings for Montage and create 4 Images with Cell Formatting and with/without locking the aspect ratio
Where do you get all of the Images used in the Montage Screen Shots?
You can download lots of Free to use Images from burst.shopify.com/
Can I create Alphabet Letters?
You can create basic Letter shapes for Cell squares and populate these with Images using Montage, however I also have another Project coming soon entitled Montage Alphabet which will let you create Letters in Upper and Lower Case in different sizes and allow you to rotate them
Please remember you have purchased very affordable Software and you have not paid for a full-time Software design agency - I am but one man. Occasionally I may help with small tweaks, but these requests will be put on a much lower priority due to their nature. You have not PAID for Support, Support is 100% optional and I provide it for your convenience, so please be patient, polite and respectful
You can find the version history in the Code Module for any Macro-enabled Software or read more information below. The latest Version is always shown first
19.03.2020 (Version 1.1) Removed the License Sheet as it was pretty much just decoration and transferred the License information and Help links to the 'Create a Layout' Sheet Restyled the 'Create a Layout' Sheet to show the Calculations and the Editable Cells as it was a little confusing which Cells you could enter a value into or select from a Drop-down Added the ability to Enter values into the Width and Height Boxes when Custom is Selected for the Paper Size Added new Paper Sizes to the 'System' Sheet in cm and inches to include A5 and US Letter SHBrowseForFolder and SHGetPathFromIDList do not work correctly in 64bit Excel - replace using a generic Function ShellGetFolder Remove the Module with the Standalone Code Changed the Error Handling Code for the AddImages_ Subroutine Capture the Print Quality DPI setting when the setting chosen by the user is not allowed as it is not in the Print Quality Drop-down combo of the Page Setup when Printing Add the ability to Format Headers and Footers prior to processing with specific Formatting Codes Add a Prototype Layout Selection to quickly change the CORE settings for Aspect Ratio, Embedding Images and Transparency Added the ability to use Label overlays with Text and transparency Rubberducked! using Version 184.108.40.20644 --- 01.10.2018 (Version 1) released