In PostworkShop 3 there are three different user interface layouts: Simple, Classic and Advanced.
They all have their distinct advantages; certain tasks are easier to do in one layout than in another. Although you probably started using PostworkShop with the default layout provided by the first program edition you met, do not get stuck with the first one you found, learn to use them all and streamline your workflow.
Simple Layout: PostworkShop for beginners
First-time users were often overwhelmed by the complexity of the default Advanced Layout of PostworkShop 2. We introduced the Simple Layout in PostworkShop 3, to make the first steps easier.
- Easy to learn
- Visual selection of styles with preview
- Pre/Post Processing and basic Masking available in a single view
- No layered effects
- Cannot paint masks
- No access to the node based style editor
- When you set up the basic elliptical mask available in this layout, start to work with full strength and zero blur. It makes easier to find the size and position of the mask. Then adjust the blur and the strength of the mask. To make things faster, it is also a good idea to set up the mask in preview and switch to full size (1:1) when you are almost ready to save your image.
- Although you cannot layer effects in the Simple Layout (any new style selection will replace the current one), you can fine tune layered styles in the Simple Layout. First set up your styles in the Classic or Advanced mode. Then come back to Simple for a larger work area and simultaneous access to the style properties and the pre/post processing settings. It is a great way to find the final balance between dark or light, monochrome or saturated, artistic or photorealistic.
Classic Layout: Multi-layer flexibility with a single image
In the Classic Layout you generally work with a single image, but you have access to almost all the features of the Advanced Layout.
- More place for the description of long filter chains in a single layer
- You can make more place for the Properties + Preview area (by dragging the vertical divider bar), for fine-tuning the individual effects
- Cannot easily access the image properties and pre/post processing settings
- If you work with multiple images but need the extra place of the Classic layout, you can switch back and forth between the Advanced and the Classic layout to select and edit your current image
- In the Properties + Preview area the preview always displays the output of the last selected item. It can be a layer or the currently edited filter/style inside the current layer.
Advanced Layout: Full compositing power
The Advanced Layout is how PostworkShop was originally designed, it gives you all the available features and options.
- Load multiple image objects (e.g. background and foreground), apply independent (or the same) styles to them, position them and blend them together
- Blend in textures like canvas, grunge, film grain, etc.
- There are a lot of things on the screen in the same time, it may not fit small monitors or laptops
- You can click the Image Object (in the Objects list) to get access to the pre/post processing settings of that image
- You always edit the effect layers of the last selected Image Object. Then click an effect layer to replace the image properties by the style properties in the property editor area
- Hold down the Ctrl key (and change the cursor to a four-way arrow) to move the different Image Objects relative to the canvas. The default hand cursor just pans the whole composited image in the work area.
- If you have two monitors, you can detach the Projects/Styles/Properties tabs (with the Options/Separate Projects/Styles/Properties Panel menu point) and put them on the second monitor to leave more place for the image area and the layers.