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gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.lha

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Short:ImageFX mode settings toggle
Author:paabo at bancom.net
Uploader:paabo bancom net
Type:gfx/edit
Architecture:generic
Date:1997-10-11
Download:http://aminet.net/gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.readme
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PROGRAMS USING THE FILES

  ImageFX 2.+

MAIN APPLICATION

 instantly switch between 'remembered' mode settings configurations. for 
operations that go back and forth between two or three settings configurations

INSTALLATION

 copy 'default.keys' file to  location of 'standard. keys' or your pre-existing
 'default.keys'. (First save your current 'default.keys' if it exists, by
renaming
 it, if you do not want it overwritten, or modify your own 'default. keys' 
(read
 below). 
  
DESCRIPTION
ImageFX is designed so that when you alter the drawing modes settings, these
 settings affect all the drawing tools. This becomes frustrating for drawing
 operations that go back and forth systematically between two or three different
 drawing settings. For example a very effective way of painting in ImageFX is to
use
 the airbrush tool, and cycle between NORMAL at 100% BLEND, and SMUDGE at 50%
BLEND.
 You draw a solid line, and then smear-smudge it. Then you do it again, and
again,
 just like when you paint with pastels--paint-smudge, paint-smudge. This
attempts to
 make the cycling between three drawing modes as easy as hitting the keyboard
keys
 q, w, e. And establishing those settings as easy as hitting Q, W, or E, after
an
 initial establishment of settings.
How do we do it? Small scripts are attached to the q, Q, w , W, e, E keys which
 learn the settings (Q, W, E) and instantly fetch the remembered settings
(q,w,e)
When ImageFX is booted, it looks for the file 'default'keys' to provide the
 functions attached to keyboard keys. It only goes to 'standard.keys' if no
 'default.keys' file exists. The 'default.keys' is designed to allow users to
 configure their own keyboard. The 'default.keys' provided here with the added
 functionality  is essentially the 'standard.keys' file, but adding
functionality to
 the unused keys  q , Q (=shift q), w, W, e, E. You need not use this
configuration.
 You can cut and past the part involving the Q, q, W, w, E, e keys to your own
 default.keys file. You can even change the keys used (as long as your key
choices
 are not used elsewhere in the keys file. I chose q, Q, W, w,W, e,E  because
they
 are handy. You can even add more keys if you want more settings at your
fingertips.
 Just follow the formula followed in this example. Note after saving any new
 'default.keys' file, you have to reboot ImageFX for the file to have effect.

USAGE:
Usage is straightforward. You establish drawing settings, then hit shift-q,
shift-w,
 or shift-e (Q, W, E), which will save the settings to IMAGEFX:SettingsQ.ifx, or
 IMAGEFX:SettingsW.ifx, or IMAGEFX:SettingsE.ifx , respectively. If these
already
 exist from previous work, you will be asked whether to overwrite them. You may
want
 to preserve settings from previous work and not overwrite, in which case just
use
 them. Once the drawing settings have been established, you 'fetch' the
appropriate
 settings via the non-shift keys q, w, or e. Thus if Q established NORMAL BLEND
100
  etc, and  W established SMUDGE BLEND 50%, then the paint-smudge-paint-smudge
 operation is as easy as hitting  q - w - q - w etc. Note the settings are those
 written by the HEADER in the macro-learn operation. Thus  everything recorded
by
 the HEADER command is included in the remembering and fetching. This includes
pen
 size, airbrush settings, etc. Have a look at the script SettingsQ.ifx after
 establishing it, to see what parameters are 'remembered'. This means for
example
 that you can also establish a small airbrush size for painting, and a larger
one
 for smudging. (or blurring, or whatever)

You will note that the script attached to the keys q w e also includes
 'Airbrushsettings Realtime'. This is because I like to see what I do instantly
(the
 'real time' checkbox is 'on'). Without this additional command,
airbrushsettings
 will return to realtime=off in every settings change. 


Contents of gfx/ifx/IFXSetTog.lha
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[generic]                  968    3011  32.1% -lh5- 4c8f Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/default.keys
[generic]                  267     616  43.3% -lh5- 5829 Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/default.keys.info
[generic]                 1796    4015  44.7% -lh5- 574b Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/IFXSettingsKeys.readme
[generic]                  266     616  43.2% -lh5- 3bf5 Oct  5  1997 IFXSetTog/IFXSettingsKeys.readme.info
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 Total         4 files    3297    8258  39.9%            Oct 11  1997

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