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jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

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??





iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), ... and Parallels 6 with XP
  • Sjazbec Level 4 (1,670 points)



    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.

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply, but I'm still stymied.  On my computer, the path is /Library/Application Support/Mail/Stationery/Apple/Contents/Resources.  And, when I open the last folder (Resources) in Finder, there are no other files showing?


    That subfolder that contains all the elements is very illusive!

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there really no one, not even an Apple rep, that knows how to accomplish this??????

  • dianeoforegon Level 5 (4,685 points)

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

  • dianeoforegon Level 5 (4,685 points)

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

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, dianeoforegon, for the reply. 

    When I go to Finder/Library/Application Support/Mail/Stationery/Apple/Contents/Resources, then use the Action Menu, the option "Show Package Contents" isn't available, so I assume the templates aren't there??  I know the templates are available somewhere, because I can select them from within the Mail program.


    If I ever find them, what do I do then?  Use one of the templates to create what I want, then place them in the Custom folder? 


    Thanks again for replying...I've been watching the Forum closely.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)

    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.

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That sounds rather simply - I'll give it a try.  What about files like the TableOfContents.plist?  Does it need to be modified as well?


    Thanks for the help, Don!

  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)

    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 (0 points)

    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 (101,340 points)

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

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Don - There must be more to it than what you have outlined????


    It is understood you can open a current template in Mail and change text, then Save As Stationery.


    However, I'm wanting to totally design a custom background.  I tried opening a New Message, using Attach to get the back ground onto the text area; Save As Stationery; name it and close Mail.  When I repopen Mail, the newly-created background has been saved in the Custom folder; however, when I attempt to place text on top of it, the graphic or image disappears???

  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)

    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.

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again, Don, for the reply.  To be clear, I wanted to create an embedded background  and use it as a new template (from the Custom) folder.  I was hoping to select it and then send an email in which the email text would appear on top of the template background...just as it would if I selected (for example) "Stationery/Fun" from the template files.

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