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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Font Color

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Font Color

We've got a little tutorial here for you on how to change font color in our family tree maker app. The good news is, it's easy! In a nutshell, you want to:

1) Click on the "Advanced" tab in the left side bar of the family tree maker app. This will automatically drop you onto the "Individual" tab, where you can click on the color swatch directly beneath the heading "Text Color".

modify the text color in your pedigree chart advanced tab

2) Alternatively, you can click on the "Color" tab in the Advanced Setting, where you can modify all the colors associated with your chart in one place. To change the text color, simply click the color swatch directly beneath the heading "Text Color".

how to make a family tree a different color text

3) A color picker will pop up, from which you can choose any of the palette colors for your current chart from the swatches, or any other you would like.

changing the text color of your pedigree chart

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Family Tree Maker: How to Import using a GEDCOM file

Family Tree Maker: How to Import using a GEDCOM file

The ability to directly import up to 10 generations of genealogy using a GEDCOM file (or via FamilySearch) has got to be one of my favorite time-saving features of Family Tree Prints. If you've read about the impetus for our creating Family Tree Prints (a.k.a. spending 40+ hours meticulous creating a family tree chart for my mother-in-law by hand) you'll know why. The best part? It's super easy. Here's how.

Choose whichever template you'd like to start from on www.familytreeprints.com, and click "Start from this template". This will drop you into the family tree maker software.

1) In the top right-hand corner, click the grey button that says "Import Family Names".Alternatively, you can click the Import icon at the bottom of the left sidebar. Both options will open the Import sidebar panel.

import ancestors names from GEDCOM file step 1

2) Click "Import Gedcom File" and select the file you'd like to import from your computer.

how to fill in a blank family tree using GEDCOM import step 2

3) Once uploaded, there will be a dropdown list of everyone contained within the GEDCOM file.

upload GEDCOM file to create pedigree chart

4) From these, choose who you would like to be the "center" of your chart and click their name.

GEDCOM dropdown choose

5) The chart will then populate with your chosen person as the first generation.

imported GEDCOM

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Colors in Your Family Tree Chart

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Colors in Your Family Tree Chart

Personalization is a key component of Family Tree Prints. You should be able to create a family tree chart that fits your personality and style and matches your home decor... which means you should be able to create a chart that doesn't look like a muted rainbow if you want. With Family Tree Prints it's easy. Here's how.

CHANGE COLOR PALETTE

By far the easiest and most fun way to change colors is to switch color palettes. Presumably you've already chosen a template you like from FamilyTreePrints.com to get you started, but that doesn't mean you're locked in.

To start with click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, followed by the "Palette" icon in the advanced settings. 

change pedigree chart color

 

This will show you a preview of your current shape in a variety of color palettes--scroll up and down to see all palette options. The palettes are divided into categories (Solid Color, Double Dark Chroma, Creamy Rings, etc.) and the preview shows only one color scheme in each category at a time.

different color choices for your family tree print

To preview a different color scheme with the category, simply click one of the colored squares directly beneath the category name. If a single square has 2 or more colors in it, clicking the square multiple times will show you different arrangements of those colors (for example purple stripe then yellow stripe vs. yellow stripe then purple stripe).

Click the preview image to change the color scheme of your chart.

Here's a little video showing changing palette color options. This video was created using the older version of the family tree maker app, but all the functionality is the same--the only difference is that you have to click the "Advanced" tab first to access the Palette tab.

 

 

CHANGE LINE COLOR

Another way to customize your chart color is to change the line color. To do this, click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar of the family tree maker app, then the "Color" tab. Click the color swatch directly under "Line Color"

change line color step 1

This will pull up a color picker, from which you can choose from any of the color swatches that are part of the current color palette or any other color using the color chooser.

change line color step 2

Alternatively, you can change the line color from the "Chart" tab within the advanced settings, also by clicking the color swatch underneath the "Line Color" heading.

change line color step 3

change line color step 4

Voila!  

change line color step 5

CHANGE INDIVIDUAL CELL COLOR:

If that's not enough customization for you, you can also change each individual cell color.

Click the "Advanced" tab, followed by the "Color" tab within the advanced settings. From here, click on the cell in the actual chart whose color you would like to modify, then click the color swatch under the "Background Color" heading.

change individual cell color step 1

This will pull up a color picker from which you can choose from any of the color swatches that are part of the current palette, or any other color you'd like using the color picker.

change individual cell color step 2

You can change the individual cell text color in a similar way by clicking the color swatch under the heading "Text Color".

change individual cell color step 3

 

Changes save automatically.

Ready to get started? Visit FamilyTreePrints.com to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!

 

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Family Tree Maker: How to Import from FamilySearch

Family Tree Maker: How to Import from FamilySearch

The ability to directly import up to 10 generations of genealogy within minutes from FamilySearch has got to be one of my favorite time-saving features of Family Tree Prints. If you've read about the impetus for our creating Family Tree Prints (a.k.a. spending 40+ hours meticulous creating a family tree chart for my mother-in-law by hand) you'll know why. The best part? It's super easy. Here's how.

Choose whichever template you'd like to start from on www.familytreeprints.com, and click "Start from this template". This will drop you into the family tree maker software.

In the top right-hand corner, click the grey button that says "Import Family Names". Alternatively, you can click the Import icon at the bottom of the left sidebar. Both options will open the Import sidebar panel.

import ancestors via FamilySearch

From here, choose click "Sign In To Family Search".

sign in to FamilySearch

This will open up the login page for FamilySearch.com in another tab of your browser. Sign in using your FamilySearch credentials. Once you do so, you will be automatically redirected back to Family Tree Prints.

familysearch login

From here there are three different options.

import ancestors from FamilySearch step 4

Option A) allows you to choose from a drop-down who you would like to be the "center" of your chart. If you are married and have connected to your spouse in Family Search, it will give you the option of choosing yourself, your spouse, or "A child of [yours]". Once you have chosen who you would like as the center of your chart, click "Import Ancestors". 

Option B) allows you to enter any FamilySearch ID of a deceased person and place that person as the "center" of your chart. Once you have entered the ID, click "Import Ancestors". For where the ID is located in FamilySearch, see below.

finding FamilySearch ID

Option C) works much the same as option B, except that you provide FamilySearch IDs for the mother and father of the person you would like at the center (who you can input manually). This may work well for families with multiple/split parents, etc.

Once you click "Import Ancestors" it will take between 30 seconds and 3 minutes to import your ancestors, depending on how many generations you are downloading.

final import using FamilySearch

Troubleshooting tips:

  • Importing does not change the name at the very center of the chart (by default "The Kimitri Family"). Change this name by clicking "Chart" in the left sidebar and then clicking on the cell you'd like to edit in the actual chart. You can then edit the text under the Name: field.chart edit
  • If you import via Option A) and it appears that none of your spouse's ancestors have imported, it is probably because you have not fully connected with their ancestors on FamilySearch. You need to log into your FamilySearch account and put in "placeholder" cards for your spouse and all of their living ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.) For more information on how to do that, check out this tutorial--the entire process takes less than 10 minutes! 
  • If you want to change who is at the center of your chart, click the green Clear All Cell Data at the bottom of the Import sidebar panel, then re-import as desired.
  • If you feel like you've updated so many times it's in a snarl, try refreshing the page. That works wonders!

Ready to get started? Visit FamilyTreePrints.com to choose your starting template and create your personalized family tree chart!

 

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Family Tree Maker: How To Change Family Tree Shape

Family Tree Maker: How To Change Family Tree Shape

Did you choose a fan chart but are curious how your current family tree design would look in a circular form? Vice versa? It's easy to experiment and create something EXACTLY to your taste. Here's how.

Once you're in the family tree maker, simply click the "Advanced" tab in the left sidebar, followed by the "Shape" tab within the advanced settings.

change shape of genealogy chart

This will open the Shape sidebar panel. You can scroll up and down within this panel to see all of the different shapes available, which are shown with a preview of your current color scheme. To change your charge to a new shape, simply click on the preview shape within the sidebar, and all of your data will appear with the new shape.

 

shape of pedigree chart changed

Check out the video below to see this feature in action.

Note: This video was made using the old version of the editor, but all of the functionality is the same. The only modification is that you now access the "Shape" tab via the "Advanced" tab.

 

 

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