Create Page Options
The options panel appears when the "Options..." button on the Create page is clicked. Using these options you can control the appearance of your shield and the output format.
These options apply some filters to the final shield image. They are:
"Shiny & New" - the default, provides a highlight in upper left and a subtly coloured drop shadow to the lower right. The intention is to look like a freshly painted and highly polished metal shield.
"Plain & Flat" - turns off ALL visual effects, producing a shield with just solid colours. This is probably the best format to use if you want to do your own "post-processing".
"Painted Stone" - intended to look like a shield painted onto a lightly carved, rough stone.
"Plastercast" - appeared while I was experimenting with filters and sort of looked like bas-relief in plaster (or very fine grey stone), so I added it in!
"Ink on Vellum" - intended to look like the image has been inked onto a scroll of vellum. Just for fun!
Note that if you change these options you MUST click on the "Draw shield" button to update the image.
There is no defined meaning for heraldic colours, for example gules means nothing more than red and so it is up to the heraldic artist what shade of a particular colour to use. DrawShield reflects this by allowing you to chose a particular palette of colours:
"Drawshield" - these colours were the original colours used by the first version of the program and are largely based on those used in the Wikimedia Commons "Illustrated Atlas of French and English Heraldic Terms".
"Pastel" - a paler set of colours, chosen by my step-daughter"Vibrant" - the strongest set of colours, for example gules is pure red (#FF0000) and so on.
"Copic" - a palette based on the RGB codes of the colours available in Copic range of marker pens.
"Outline" - this is a useful palette that produces a wholly grey scale image. This can be downloaded into a graphics package and you can "flood fill" the areas with your own colours. Alternatively, when printed out it can make a great resource for kids (or adults) and be coloured in by hand.
Note, as above, you will need to click the "Draw Shield!" button to update the image with the newly selected palette.
"Save to File" Format
When the "Save to File" button is clicked, the downloaded file will be in the chosen format:
"PNG" - the default format, a 500 x 600 pixel, lossless, 16 bit full colour image.
"SVG" - this is resolution independent, vector format, which can be edited in, for example, Inkscape. This is probably the best format for printing very large versions and also for adjusting the "Visual Appearance" filters.
"JPG" - an alternative, 500 x 600, 16 bit full colour image that is usually smaller than PNG but may lose fine detail.
When selected, clicking the "Draw Shield!" button will cause the shield to be created in a new browser tab. The tab contains only the shield image and is quite large so will print very nicely if "scaled to fit" on either A4 or Foolscap paper.