Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Schematic Image Object Properties in Altium Designer

Created: June 14, 2017 | Updated: March 14, 2018
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Schematic Editor object properties are definable options that specify the visual style, content and behavior of the placed object. The property settings for each type of object are defined in two different ways:

  • Pre-placement settings – most Image object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog (accessed from the  button at the top-right of the workspace). Select the object in the Primitive List to reveal its options on the right.
  • Post-placement settings – all Image object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a placed Image/Graphic is selected in the workspace.

The Graphic default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Image mode of the Properties panel   The Graphic default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Image mode of the Properties panelThe Graphic default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Image mode of the Properties panel

In the below properties listing, options that are not available as default settings in the Preferences dialog are noted as "Properties panel only".

Location (Properties panel only)

  • (X/Y) 
    • X (first field) - the current X (horizontal) coordinate of the reference point of the object, relative to the current workspace origin. Edit to change the X position of the object. The value can be entered in either metric or imperial; include the units when entering a value whose units are not the current default. 
    • Y (second field) - The current Y (vertical) coordinate of the reference point of the object, relative to the current origin. Edit to change the Y position of the object. The value can be entered in either metric or imperial; include the units when entering a value whose units are not the current default. 

Properties

  • File Name (Properties panel only) - the name of the graphic file. Click  to open a dialog in which you can search for and select an image.
  • Embedded - click to embed the graphic.
  • Width - the width of the graphic.
  • Height - the height of the graphic. 
  • X:Y Ratio 1:1 - enable to make the X and Y ratio 1 to 1.
  • Border - enable to show a border. Use the drop-down to select the default from the available choices: SmallestSmallMedium, and Large. Click on the color box to access a drop-down from which you can select the default color.
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