Chasys Draw IES Help:

 User Interface : Main Window

The Main Window

Shown here is Chasys Draw IES Artist's main window. This is where the images you are working with are displayed. The topmost part is occupied by the menu, where you'll find commands for doing most actions. Below that is the link-bar (or shortcut-bar). Here, you find buttons for directly accessing some of the more commonly used menu options, such as new, open, save, copy, paste, insert layer, undo, etc. It also has a help button. You can change viewing options, such as showing guide lines, or the workspace color scheme via the View menu.

Chasys Draw IES Artist normally displays a tooltip that follows the cursor around, giving help information and showing you what needs to be done and how. You can turn this off by unchecking the corresponding option under the “View” menu

Pressing the F1 key on your keyboard always brings up the help page for the tool or feature you are currently using. If you get stuck, just press F1.


Single-Window Mode

Chasys Draw IES Artist can be run in single-window mode. In this mode, the main floating toolbars (described in other separate topics) are merged into the main window. Some of the gadgets (described below) are also merged depending on the size of the screen.


Layer Borders

The main (or reference, or bottommost) layer is always shown surrounded by a halo; the color of this halo is dependent on the current color scheme as described below. The layer that is currently active (the one you are currently working with) is highlighted to draw attention to it and its position. If that layer is a member of a layer group, the other group members are highlighted as well, albeit in a different color or style. Excluded layers, notably textures, are highlighted in a different color.

Chasys Draw IES Artist allows you to choose the color scheme and style for the borders to match your own personal taste and your focus/attention requirements. The following options are available and can be selected from the View / Workspace / Layer Borders menu (for illustration, the graphic shows a selection combination that is not possible):

Default: Softly colored but prominent alternate-color border with weak alpha-blending logic:

Traditional: Strongly colored neon-halo border with alpha-blend logic; this is the border style that was the default in older versions of Chasys Draw IES:

Greyscale: Mostly black-and-white alternate-color border with weak alpha-blending logic, texture borders are slightly aqua-marine:

Dotted: Single-pixel dotted border with alpha-blending logic, texture borders are tinted green:

Contrast: Single-pixel border with high-contrast max-difference blending logic, texture borders are green against dark backgrounds:

For reference, this is what the image above looks like with none of the layers highlighted:


Rulers and Status Icons

The guide rulers help you align your work as you draw your image. See the blue lines on the rulers? Normally, each points to a tenth pixel ( 0, 10, 20, etc.). The longer ones point to hundredth pixels ( 0, 100, 200, etc. ). At very low zoom levels ( e.g. 20% ), this rule changes to hundredth and thousandth pixels ( 0, 100, ... 0, 1000, 2000, etc. ).

The small icons near the top left corner where the rulers converge are the status icons, they give you information on the state of your workspace and the program in general.



The boxes along the lower left side of the workspace area are the gadgets. The gadgets provide additional functionality to the workspace and expose the functionality of various graphical objects. In Single Window Mode, some of these many be displayed below the toolbox instead.

Gadget Description

The current colors gadget (bottommost) has two squares. These show you the colors currently in use. To the right of these is a rectangle that is rendered using both the current colors and the current "alpha" settings. Clicking this gadget brings up a menu with color options.

The color histogram gadget shows color distribution in the current layer. Clicking it brings up the histrogram window.

The touch gadget is a minimalist on-screen keyboard, intended to make working with touch-screen or pen input computers easier. You can use the virtual keys on it instead of the actual keys on the keyboard to modify tool behavior.

The texture gadget and the mask gadget display the current active texture and mask objects in use. Right-clicking these gadgets brings use the associated object's menu.

The brush gadget provides a management UI for custom brushes. It shows the tip-shape for the active brush and displays basic information about it. Left-clicking it brings up the custom brush selection window. Right-clicking it brings up a menu that can be used for managing the brush. The green LED shows whether or not the current tool support custom brush-tips.

More on these later.


Status Bar

The status bar shows, among other things, how much RAM is free on your system. This gives you an idea of how much more work-load your system can take.



Chasys Draw IES Artist can be run in a fullscreen mode. In this mode, the workspace expands to fill the entire screen and switches to a minimalist display mode which removes most gadgets and toolbars from view. This makes it easier to work with pen input.



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