Thursday, February 14, 2013

Making a Photo Tree in Family Tree Maker 2012

I posted about Making a Photo Tree in RootsMagic 6 on 5 February, and said I would try to do something similar in Family Tree Maker 2012 and Legacy Family Tree.

I didn't find a similar "Photo Tree" in the Family Tree Maker 2012 selection of Charts.  I did find that I could add the thumbnail pictures of my ancestors to the classical Pedigree Chart, however. 

The process for creating a Pedigree Chart with photos is:

*  Highlight your selected person to be #1 on the chart
*  Select the "Publish" workspace
*  Select "Pedigree Chart" from the list
*  In the right-hand panel, review the different fields
*  In the "Pictures" field, select "Thumbnail" 
*  I chose a Background from the "Browse for Image" selection
*  Click on the "Generate Chart" if it doesn't create itself automatically
*  Once the chart is created, I clicked on the "Share" icon (upper right corner) and selected "Export to Image" and saved it as a JPG file.

Here is the final product:

I tried doing this in a "Vertical Pedigree Chart" tree with #1 at the bottom, parents above, etc. The final product (squished spacing, with a different background) would come out as two landscape pages (but it's one image!):

Those are pretty good results, I think, and have a professional look.  

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Very nice. I'm very happy with WikiTree chart, myself, but so nice to see being able to do it on several platforms. Thanks,again, as always! ;-)

Celia Lewis said...

Sounds very do-able, Randy. Thanks for all the details on how to do this photo tree. I'll give it a try. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

I did something similar for holiday gifts. I made each young child on my gift list a placemat with photos of their parents and ancestors using legal size paper. I also made bookmarks for friends. These I made as vertical trees without photos. I had both the placemats and bookmarks laminted at a local printing shop.

Mantvydas Juozapavičius said...

Would that also work, if i want to make a photo tree with around 100 people (6-7 generations)?

lagokid said...

I tried it but when I put in the background, some of the information that was there for the first 2 generations disappeared (M&D dates and places.) I tried squishing and un-squishing to no avail.

Mel Thatcher said...

Have you been able to do a photo tree with Legacy Family Tree?