Monday, April 18, 2011

Kindle Tips - How to reverse an image's white on black and vice versa

  This tip is for making a 'negative' version of an image on the page and is useful when there's text involved that is hard to read in its given white on black format or when reversing an image would make something in it clearer to you.  It's not something that most will ever want to do, but it was necessary in my case when I could not read the white text on black background in a Kindle book.

 The image-examples at the left (you can Click on them to see the larger versions) are from a book in which this situation came up too often.  Apropos of nothing except to identify the source of the examples, the Kindle book that presented this problem a few times is "Lost Ate my Life, a book which only LOST TV series fans could enjoy.

  This book often presented an image on a page which had tiny white text on a black background, to highlight that it was text being quoted from a forum discussion.  The person who did the layout made the image so small that it was totally unreadable and it was driving me crazy.

  I remembered that highlighting a sentence or a larger segment reverses the text foreground and background, so I tried highlighting an image to see if that would do the same to an image.  It does.  This works on Kindle-2 and Kindle-3 (UK: K3) models.

  When you do a highlighting of a segment of a Kindle book page, you arrow to the beginning of the area you want highlighted and then you Click the 5-way button to begin the highlight.   After that beginning-click, the straight, vertical line that is your Kindle cursor becomes a slanted vertical line, indicating that your highlighting begins there.

  If you then move that cursor to your right you'll identify what is to be highlighted and you'll see white text on black.  Then you would normally click the 5-way button again to End the annotation or highlight, but we don't normally want a permanent highlighting when reversing an image so we press the "Back" button instead, to cancel the highlighting process after viewing the image.

  (ADDED TIP: Actually highlighting an image {finishing the highlight process instead of cancelling it} makes an "annotation" that shows up in the Menu option "View Marks and Notes" just as a bookmark on that page would, with the text that follows the image given as context.)

  You use this useful annotations feature to do the same for an image.
  1. If an image is at the top of a page, normally you'd cursur-down to get to it faster, as the default cursor location on a new page is at the top.   So, cursor down to get to that image.

  2. Your cursor MAY go into the center of the image and give you the option to zoom it (showing you a tiny magnifying glass.)

  3.   Move the cursor to the left of the image using the 5-way button, unless your cursor already just went to the left of the image, which happens also.  You then see a straight, vertical line.

  4. Click the 5-way button.  The cursor line then slants, indicating you are beginning your highlighting.

  5. Then use your 5-way button to go right one step.

That will highlight the image and reverse it.

  6. When you're finished viewing the reversed image, press the "Back" button to cancel the highlight unless you want the Kindle to show that image-page as a highlighted, annotated section that you get to with via the Menu (button) selection to "View Notes & Marks" feature.

  There are other ways to do it, going backwards but this is the easiest way.

Hope some will find this useful on rare occasions!

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