Workspace

This is a snapshot of the Pro Motion workspace. See the numbered areas to get more information.



1: Paint Mode Area

In this area you find foreground and background color selectors as well as a transparency selector to draw with a transparent color.
You can also select a default brush like round or rectangle and change its size.
If using alpha transparency you can set up the opacity that is used for drawing. For more information about alpha please read the alpha primer.

2: Gradient Panel

The gradient panel displays the currently selected gradient which is a defined range of colors within the color palette. They can be used for different drawing effects, to adjust brihgtness and contrast or for color cycling. See the gradient editor for more information.
Double click to choose different gradients.
The icon buttons can be used to flip the color order, enable color cycling, start color cycling playback and enable the gradient for multi shade paint mode.

3: Information Panel

The information panel provides you different information about the brush size and the brush positions (top left, center, lower right) as well as dimensions when you draw an object (e.g. a rectangle).

4: Tile Mapping Panel

Here you can find options and functions when using tile map projects. Tile maps are images made up of small tiles of a certain size, e.g. 8x8 or 16x16 pixels. An image is then built by an underlying map that contains tile numbers that refer to a list of defined tiles (tile library).
Please read the tile mapping primer for more information.

5: Tool box

Find different drawing tools and options to be activated.
Please read the tool box section for more information.

6: Layers

In that window you can define and arrange your image and animation layers.

7: Tool and Paint settings

In this window you will find options for the current tool as well as additional settings for e.g. paint modes, lock grid or pen pressure settings.

8: Magnify Window

The magnify window is mainly used to draw and to zoom into the image. The zoom level can be selected using the slider at the lower left.
You can lock the zoom value to a minimum of 1:1 using the check box on the left.
Use the options icon in the window's title bar to access different options:
Pan around canvas enables you to move the canvas corners into the center of the screen.
Show Animation Playback uses the magnify window to play the animation instead of the preview window.
Show Light Table if the light table is enabled then it shows the light table onion skinning in the magnify window.

9: Animation/Preview Window

Use the second view where animations are played back or previews at a different zoom level.

10: Brush Container

In addition to the magnify window there is a brush container to store and reuse brushes.

11: Color Palette

Use the color palette editor to select and arrange your indexed colors.

12: Lower Control Panel

The lower control area divides into the project tabs area, the controls for animation and the status line.
The project tabs can be used to switch between different projects. The animation controls are described here.
The status line displays information about the selected tool and how to use it.
It is also used to display the progress if an operation takes some time.


Related topics

Animation Control Panel
Getting started
Gradient Editor
Contents
Pen Settings
Preferences
Toolbox

Last modified: 24 September 2017