Filling an Object with an Image
You can fill a shape, text box, table, table cell, chart background, or chart series with
To fill an object with an image:
Select the object you want to fill with an image.
If the Graphic inspector isn’t open, click Inspector in the toolbar and click the
In the Graphic inspector, choose Image Fill or Tinted Image Fill, and then choose
You can also drag an image file from the Finder or Media Browser to the image well in
the Graphic inspector or to a table cell or chart series.
Use the pop-up menu to
set the size of the image
within the object.
To change the image,
drag an image to the
Choose an image scale from the pop-up menu.
Scale to Fit: Resizes the image to fit the object’s dimensions as well as possible. If the
object’s shape is different from that of the original image’s, parts of the image may not
appear; blank space may also appear around the image.
Scale to Fill: Makes the image appear larger or smaller, sizing it to leave minimum
space around the image, even if the object and image have different shapes.
Stretch: Sizes the image to fit the object’s dimensions but distorts it if the object has a
shape different from that of the original image.
Original Size: Places the image inside the object without altering its original
dimensions. If the image is larger than the object, you see only a part of the image in
the object. If the image is smaller than the object, there is blank space around it.
Tile: Repeats the image inside the object, if the image is smaller than the object. If the
image is larger than the object, you see only part of the image inside the object.
Scale to Fit
Tile (large image)
Scale to Fill
Tile (small image)
Tile (large image)
If you chose Tinted Image Fill, click the color well (to the right of the Choose button)
to choose a tint color. Drag the Opacity slider in the Colors window to make the tint
darker or lighter. (If you drag the Opacity slider in the Graphic inspector, it will change
the opacity of both the tint and the image.)
Click to select a tint color
for the image.