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Creating New Stationery Templates

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jmark1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 19, 2012 5:02 PM

Running Lion, how do you create new stationery templates for Mail?  There are several articles in Google for Snow Leopard, et al, but nothing for Lion.  Same in this Forum - everything regarding stationery seems to be 2-3 years old???

 

Also, where do the JPG's for the current stationery reside??

 

Thanks.

 

Mark

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), ... and Parallels 6 with XP
  • Sjazbec Level 4 Level 4 (1,665 points)
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    Apr 19, 2012 10:51 PM (in response to jmark1)

    Hi,

     

    Look into

     

    /Library/Application Support/Apple/Mail/Stationary/Apple/Contents/Resources

     

     

    every preinstalled template has a subfolder that contains all the elements.

     

    I suggest to make copies of the ones you would like to tweak and give them new names before putting them back where they belong.

  • dianeoforegon Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    May 5, 2012 8:31 PM (in response to jmark1)

    Your User folder/Library/Application Support/Mail/Stationery/Apple/Contents/Resources/Custom

  • dianeoforegon Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    May 5, 2012 8:49 PM (in response to dianeoforegon)

    Sorry, that's the location for custom stationary you create.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 5, 2012 10:57 PM (in response to jmark1)

    Open a New Message window. Use an existing stationary item as an initial template, or build a template from scratch - construct a message which has all the elements you want in your new stationary.

     

    Once you're satisfied, go to the File menu and select "Save as Stationary..." - you'll be given an opportunity to give it a name of your choice. Once satisfied, click the Save button in that small window.

     

    You can then grab it whenever you want to use it from the Custom area of the Stationary items, usually accessed via that named button in the New Message window's toolbar.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 6, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to jmark1)

    jmark1 wrote:

     

    What about files like the TableOfContents.plist?  Does it need to be modified as well?

     

     

    Should be no need to do that.

  • AngelLady Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 6, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to Don Archibald)

    I've followed your instructions to make custom stationery, but when I go to the File menu Save as Stationery is greyed out.  What am I missing?

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 6, 2012 10:20 PM (in response to AngelLady)

    Make sure the New Message window in which you constructed your template is the active window.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    May 10, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to jmark1)

    As far as I know there is no way to place text on top of an attached image in Mail.

     

    When you click on an image attached to Mail, the image is selected; when you then type in new text, the text replaces the image, just as it would replace any selected text.

     

    You can add background color, set font face, style, and color for selected text, and do some other standard text formatting things.

     

    But, Mail is not a word processor nor a page layout program. There is no word wrap-around for embedded (attached) images, nor the ability to layer text on top of such an image.

     

    If you want to have text on top of an image, do that in another program (Preview or Pages, for example, depending on the complexity) and then attach the resulting composite to the email.

     

    How it was done for the predefined templates is something I have not been able to replicate.

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