Image overlays can be a powerful tool to add value to photo-finish images.
TAG Heuer by Lynx has the ability to overlay graphics on the image as shown in the image below.
To be overlaid on the TAG Heuer by Lynx screen, a graphic must be in 24 bit Truevision Targa Format (otherwise known as .TGA).
This format can be written by common graphic manipulation packages such as Adobe PhotoShop. When creating a graphic to overlay, it should be noted that black is treated as a “transparency” color; this means that any part of the graphic that is black will show through to the background when it is placed over the TAG Heuer by Lynx image. The black will, however show on printed images.
To overlay a graphic on an image, use the cross hair of the hash line to locate the center of the graphic and then open the Image menu. Select Overlay and the list of available graphics files will appear. Clicking on one of the files will cause it to appear on the screen.
You can make your graphic overlay repeat horizontally across the entire TAG Heuer by Lynx image. Whether an overlay is displayed once or repeated across the screen is determined by its file extension. If an overlay file ends in .RGx (instead of .TGx), it is repeated across the entire screen and on image printouts. Select and remove overlays as you did before. If you want to use the overlay both singly and repeating across the screen, make two copies of the graphic and save one as .RGx and the other as .TGx.
You can add new text overlays to an image by following these steps:
- Click an area on the image where you want the overlay placed.
- Click Image from the menu bar and select Overlay.
- Select one of the following options from the sub-menu:
- Text: is blank at first, but remembers the last text you entered.
- Closest time: fills in the time of the closest competitor in the image.
- Event name: fills in the name of the event. It is displayed at the top and centered when in full screen mode (CTRL-F).
- A dialog appears from which you can select the font, size, and face color, as well as the exact text to display.
- Click Ok.
There is an image overlay function that allows you to place text overlays in each evaluated lane next to the object in that lane. Below is an example of a TAG Heuer by Lynx image using this new text overlay.
- To use the Lanes... overlay function:
- Click Image from the Menu Bar and select Overlay from the drop-down list. Then, select Text.... The Text Overlay dialog appears.
- In the Text: field, add any text you want before or after the %s to customize it. Lane %s produces Lane 1, Lane 2, and so forth.
- In the Offset: text field, type a value to control how far away horizontally from the object you want the overlay placed. Otherwise, the overlay is centered vertically within the lane. The offset indicates how far away the center, not the edge, of the overlay is from the object.
The Hash Time overlay is a text overlay whose value is automatically updated with the current hash time.
- To access the Hash Time overlay:
- With a TAG Heuer by Lynx image open, click Image from the Menu Bar and then select Overlay | Hash time... A Text Overlay combination box appears allowing you to change the font, size, color, and text of the hash time overlay.
- The overlay will update as the hash line is moved in the image pane.
You can label the lines in the TAG Heuer by Lynx images. The labels will appear in the image panes of the cameras for which it is turned on as well as in full screen mode.
- To turn on line labels:
- Click to select the image where line labels should appear
- Click Image | Overlay | Lines Labels... The Text Overlay dialog appears
- Choose the Font:, Size:, Lines: and Splits: colors.
- Set the Text: by entering the relevant variables
- The Insert: pop-up menu lists all of the field codes and the line break character. Selecting one of these will insert it into the text field at the current cursor position.
- The Apply button saves the current settings and redraws all image areas for verification before closing the Text Overlay dialog.
- Click Ok.
Control the position of the last added image overlay by using the UP, DOWN, LEFT & RIGHT arrows keys.
Once they have been added to the image, it is possible to easily remove all overlays.
- To remove all overlays:
- Click to select the image pane with overlays to remove.
- Click Image | Remove Overlays, or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-R.
- Overlays in the selected image pane are removed.
Use the Edit | Undo command to remove the last added image overlay.