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14.9 - The Display Menu
14.9.1 - RGB 32-bit — 2 level B+W
Computers have many types of displays. Windows tries to handle translation from high-color to the currently used display modes, but does not do a very good job of it. For this reason, F/x has specialized display code for a number of common display types that help you get the most out of the display mode you choose to work in.
The display mode controls allow you to tell F/x the display format your computer is using, and therefore the mode that the images will be displayed in. You may select display modes ranging from full color 32-bit to a 2 color Black and White display. This flexibility allows you to alter your display mode to best fit your computer system and any display hardware. A display mode is selected by simply clicking it with the left mouse button. After you have selected the display mode to be used with your system, F/x will redraw all views to reflect the changes made to the display mode. This setting will be saved as the default display mode when you exit the program.
14.9.2 - Info on Display
The Display Information panel allows you to view the display status of your system, and the display mode that F/x recommends for your system. The Info panel displays the bits/pixel, palette depth, and the screen resolution that you are using. F/x also provides you with a suggested display mode to be used based on this information. The display mode can be altered using the Display pull down menu, and then selecting the proper display mode from the provided list.
Info On Display... Dialog
14.9.3 - Show Toolbar Text
This option allows you to alter the way the Toolbar icons are displayed. This option will display the name of the operation below the operation's icon. This will enlarge all of the icons to compensate for the size of the text. With this option selected fewer of the icons will be visible at one time. Icons that are not visible can be accessed by using the Toolbar's left and right arrow controls to scroll through the operations, and by using the chapter bar's buttons to move directly to the beginning of a specific group. If this option is not selected, the icons will not display the text.
Toolbar without text
Toolbar with text
14.9.4 - Light Progress Bar
The light progress bar option, when selected, will make the operation and rendering progression bars white instead of the standard blue. This feature is particularly useful for laptop computer users.
14.9.5 - Size Windows
This control allows you to specify the resolution of the current views and the filmstrip. The values specified in this dialog will relate to the size and aspect of image views in the program. All images are displayed in a 1:1 mode by default. This means that the size of the image on the monitor is the actual image size. You can select the actual X and Y display resolution for each image view that is open. The images will simply be stretched to fit inside the specified dimensions. F/x will place the image display ratio information in the title bar of each image view. The panel contains several preset resolutions (in the form of ratios) for the view windows (ratios include - 1:1, 1:2, 2:1, etc.). F/x also gives you the option of specifying a image view size in the provided text entry field.
Size Windows Dialog
This dialog also contains controls for sizing the filmstrip control window. Selecting the Match Image control will cause the filmstrip window to be the same resolution as the last sized image. This is not the same as having the actual filmstrip the same resolution as the current Action Image. In this case we are only changing the size of the window, not the resolution of the contents. This can be changed through the Filmstrip menu's Filmstrip Pixel Resolution control.
Using large filmstrip pixel resolution can cause memory shortages.
The filmstrip and its controls are always aspect correct.
The Rescale with Main window control will force all of the views to resize if the Main program window is resized. The Maintain Aspect Ratio button allows you to have all of the current views maintain their aspect ratio when resized. This control is also available in the Display pull down menu.
14.9.6 - Maintain Aspect Ratio
The Maintain Aspect Ratio control, when selected, will maintain the image aspect for all of the views. This means that when an image is resized the image will be forced to maintain its aspect ratio. This is true for both vertical and horizontal resizing of a view. When this control is not selected, views can be resized to any dimensions regardless of their aspect ratio.
Image resized, aspect maintained
Image resized, aspect ratio free
14.9.7 - Show Alpha in Views
This option, when selected, will display an images alpha channel in the same view as the image. The alpha channel will appear as a variable transparency overlay in a set color. This allows you to view the image's alpha channel over the actual image. Any operations that are applied to an image in this mode will be applied using the alpha channel information. The image below shows an example image with it's alpha channel in the same image view.
14.9.8 - Checkered Alpha
This controls the appearance of regions where alpha is not opaque, if Show Alpha In Views is on. The following images show the difference in display types:
Checkered Alpha Backdrop
Flat Alpha Backdrop
14.9.9 - Set View Colors
The Set View Colors dialog allows you to select different colors for various image view related objects. Each of these items is defined using the Color Selection dialog. Once the desired color has been specified, select the Ok button in the color selection dialog to accept the selection. You should see the selected color in the color preview window associated with the control object. After you have adjusted all of the desired color selections, press the Ok button in the Set View Color dialog to accept and use the changed colors. Below is a complete list of all of the various control objects, and their function.
Set View Colors Dialog
22.214.171.124 - Set Alpha Check Color
This works with the Alpha View Color to produce the alternate checker pattern when Display / Checkered Alpha is on.
126.96.36.199 - Set Alpha View Color
This option is used to specify the alpha channels color for the Show Alpha in Views option. Selecting this option will bring F/x's color selection dialog to the front. You should use the provided color selection tools to select the desired alpha channel color, and then press the Done button. In the example image below, the Alpha View color has been set to a purple color, and checkered alpha is off.
Image with Alpha color changed
Image with Checkered Alpha on, check and alpha colors changed
188.8.131.52 - Set Filmstrip Blend Color
This color is used to represent alpha information in the filmstrip, which is 24 bit (not 32) and connot actually show transparency. This allows you to choose a blending color; note that blending has to be on in the File / Preferences dialog.
184.108.40.206 - Set Off Image Color
The Set Off Image Color option is used to specify the color that will appear at the image's edge in maximized or full screen mode. This color is set using the Color Selection dialog. This dialog has a wide range of tools, and preset colors which can be used as the "off image" color.
Off image view color red, zoomed out 50%
220.127.116.11 - Area Selection Marquee Color
These four settings allow you to control the appearance of the marquee display to a fine degree. Using colors that are distinct and easily remembered (and to your own taste), you can set all the selection colors. The example below shows how useful this is in the Draw First area selection mode:
Previous Elliptical area (purple/orange) &
Result of subtracting new area
(using the ctrl key)
18.104.22.168 - Set Line Color 1
The Set Line Color 1 option is used to specify the color that will appear as the longer dash for the marquee display. This color is set using the Color Selection dialog. This dialog has a wide range of tools, and preset colors which can be used as the "off image" color.
22.214.171.124 - Set Line Color 2
The Set Line Color 2 option is used to specify the color that will appear as the shorter dash for the marquee display. This color is set using the Color Selection dialog. This dialog has a wide range of tools, and preset colors which can be used as the "off image" color.
126.96.36.199 - Set Previous Color 1
The Set Previous Color 2 option is used to specify the color that will appear as the longer dash for the marquee of an existing area selection. This color is set using the Color Selection dialog. This dialog has a wide range of tools, and preset colors which can be used as the "Previous" color.
188.8.131.52 - Set Previous Color 2
The Set Previous Color 2 option is used to specify the color that will appear as the shorter dash for the marquee of an existing area selection. This color is set using the Color Selection dialog. This dialog has a wide range of tools, and preset colors which can be used as the "Previous" color.
184.108.40.206 - Set Handle Color
The Set Handle Color option is used to specify the color that will appear as the movement handles for the area selection editing tool. This color is set using the Color Selection dialog. This dialog has a wide range of tools, and preset colors which can be used as the "off image" color.
Handle color set to aqua,
editing an elliptical area selection
14.9.10 - Show Grid
This option turns on a pixel-separation grid when images, or parts of images, are magnified more than 4.99 times their actual size. The color of the Grid may be set at any time by opening the Set View Colors Dialog, described above.
Grid Off, mag factor 6.02
grid on, mag factor 6.02
The grid shows as a single line drawn to surround image pixels. Area selections affect any pixel that they intercept the content of in any manner. For instance, using freehand, you can click anywhere inside a grid boundary and that pixel will be selected. Using a rectangle, if the selection surrounds a pixel by going through each of the eight pixels surrounding it, then all eight pixels are included in the area selection, as shown in the following examples:
Area Selection on Grid
Pixels affected by Selection
14.9.11 - Beep when Palette Changes
This option, when selected, will notify you, by beeping, that the palette of the image is changing. The palette is usually only altered when the display type is changed.
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