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11506: Logos for Bills, Letters, and the Main Screen

Printing Generally

Where and how can I use customized images in Drake Tax?

The table below lists where you can set up and use custom images in Drake Tax:


Use Size Limit Comments Image Type Required Save Location Update From Prior Years?
Letterhead logo (bills and letters) Default 209 pixels wide x 323 pixels  high; customize size to fit The full image is displayed without resizing or cropping. Color images require GDI*
Use a monochrome (B&W) image unless you are printing in color.
.BMP image only Recommended: \DRAKEYY\CF Yes, after updating letterhead, software uses path to original image location.
Main screen image or logo 450 x 317 pixels (w x h). Image is centered and cropped to fit if the image is too large, but not resized. Cropped areas will not display. Can use color or B&W. .BMP image only Save as PROPLOGO.BMP in \DRAKEYY\CF\ No. You must reinstall the image in the new software.


  • *In Drake16 and prior, the Alternate Print Method (GDI) must be selected under Setup > Printing > Printer Setup > (F8) Edit Printer Settings. By default starting in Drake17, GDI is chosen as the print method unless you have chosen Printer Type as Laserjet and checked the box Use PCL when printing tax forms.
  • Some monochrome printers will print a color image in grayscale when using the GDI print method.
  • Drake Tax allows only a .bmp (bit-mapped) file to be used as the logo. The size of the image as printed can vary depending on your printer setting.

Logo Setup Steps

  1. If the image you want to use is not a .bmp file, you must convert it to a .bmp file. Save as typeMonochrome Bitmap (*.bmp; *.dib).
  2. If you use a monochrome printer (a printer that prints only one color, typically black text on white stock), open the .bmp file in Microsoft Paint and save it as a as monochrome bitmap. If you save the image in other software, save it as a black-and-white image or as a grayscale bitmap, if black and white isn’t a save option.
    1. The goal is a .bmp file that the printer and software recognize as a monochrome image, not a color image.
    2. The fact that your image is displayed and prints as black on white does not confirm that it is a monochrome bitmap. A black-and-white image, saved as a color bit map file, is displayed and prints as black-and-white, but it is treated as a color image and handled differently from a monochrome bitmap image.
  3. If you intend to save and print a color logo, consider your printer capabilities. You will need to use GDI to print color. See Color Logos below.
  4. Save the logo inside this folder: \DRAKEYY\CF
  5. The default logo provided in Drake Software (DrakeYY/CF/logo.bmp) is 209 X 323 pixels (W x H). A .bmp image of a different size may work, but it may be necessary to adjust the image size to fit the letterhead, or the letterhead to fit the image.
  6. To display the .bmp image as your letterhead logo, go to Setup > Letters and from the Client Communications Editor toolbar, select Setup > Page Layout. Under Letterhead Options, select Use logo on letters. Click the Browse for bitmap logo link to brows to the logo image file. Click OK to confirm the setting and exit the setup screen.
  7. The letterhead logo is updated from previous years, but the software continues to use the original path you set to the location of the logo. If you put your logo in Drake18\CF, when you update settings to Drake19, the software will continue to look in Drake18\CF.

Color Logos

A color logo must be printed using GDI on a printer that supports GDI. Starting in Drake17, the default print method will be GDI under Setup > Printing > Printer Setup > (F8) Edit Printer Settings unless you have chosen Laserjet as the Printer Type and checked the box Use PCL when printing tax formsWhen you use PCL, a logo must be a black and white.bmp image (monochrome bitmap) or it will not print. If your printer does not support GDI, consider converting the color logo to a monochrome bitmap image so it will print in black and white using PCL.

To see if your printer supports GDI in Drake16 and prior, at Setup > Printing > Printer Setup > (F8) Edit Printer Settings, select the printer and select the option Alternate Print Method (GDI). If the printer is a color printer, the image will print in color; otherwise, if the printer supports it, the image will print in gray scale.


  1. A color logo prints approximately 1/3 smaller than expected, to accommodate printing of logos in PCL.
  2. Selecting the GDI setting may reducing printing speed and affect other aspects of printer performance.
  3. If you experience printer issues that you cannot resolve after exhausting printer settings and Drake Tax settings, install the latest printer driver available for your operating system. Check your printer instruction booklet or manual or visit your vendor website for more information.

How to Resize A .BMP or .JPG Image

It may be necessary to resize a .bmp or .jpg image for use in firm letterheads and other purposes in Drake Tax. You can best do this in Microsoft Paint.

First save a copy of the original image to a location on your computer that you can easily find. Keep the original unchanged, in case you need to start over.

  1. Check the size of the original image before you start. Right click on the image file and select Properties from the drop list, and then click the Details tab, where the image dimensions in pixels should be listed. You also may be able to read the dimensions from the tooltip that appears if you point to the image file icon in Windows Explorer.
  2. Be aware that resizing usually degrades the image. Multiple resizing of the same image may render it unusable.
  3. Although you can resize an image in Microsoft Office Picture Manager (Microsoft Picture and Fax Viewer in Office 2003), you may not be able to use the image for Drake letterhead with some monochrome printers because the image is not saved as a monochrome bitmap.

To resize an image using Paint:

To open the image in Paint, right click on the image file in Windows Explorer. From the drop list select Open With, then select Paint. In Paint, click Resize. Change the Horizontal and Vertical percentage to resize the image. Save the file to keep changes. For letterhead logos, unless you are printing color images, save it as a monochrome bitmap with the extension .bmp.

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