This chapter formally introduces the concepts and terminology for the user interface (UI) of the Graphite editor. You may skip to the next chapter if you're familiar with the general layout and terms used in industry-standard graphics editors.
The bar running across the top of the editor is called the title bar. In the (forthcoming) desktop release of Graphite, this acts as the draggable window frame.
On the left, the menu bar provides quick access to many editor, document, and artwork related controls. Its functions are covered in detail on the next page.
In the (forthcoming) macOS desktop release, the menu bar is absent from the editor window; its functions are instead located in macOS menu bar.
In the center, the document title displays the name of the active document. That name is given a
* suffix if the file has unsaved changes. For example, Painting.graphite* would be unsaved but Painting.graphite would have no changes since it was last saved.
On the right, the window buttons provide platform-specific controls for the application window. In the (forthcoming) macOS desktop release, this appears on the left side instead.
|A button to enter fullscreen mode is displayed.
The label "Go fullscreen to access all hotkeys" indicates that some shortcut keys like CtrlN (macOS: ⌘N) are reserved by the web browser and can only be used in fullscreen mode. (An alternative to fullscreen mode: include Alt in the shortcut combinations for browser-reserved hotkeys.)
|The standard window controls are displayed: minimize, maximize/restore down, and close.
|The standard window controls are displayed: close, minimize, and fullscreen. These are located on the left of the title bar.
The workspace is the editor's main content area. It houses the panels packed next to one another. The gutter lines between neighboring panels may be dragged to resize them.
Each panel name is shown in its panel tab bar. Panel tabs provide a quick way to swap between multiple panels occupying the same area (currently only documents support this). Down the road, these tabs will be dockable so the default layout may be customized.
Beneath the panel tab bar, the panel body displays the content for its panel type. Each will be described in the following pages.
The bar running across the bottom of the editor is called the status bar.
The input hints are presently the only occupant of the status bar. They indicate what common keyboard and mouse inputs are valid in the current context. Hints change with each active tool as well as with the current interaction state. Keep a frequent eye on the hints to discover more features as you work.
Hints with a
+ mean that adding the indicated modifier key will change the base action. For example: in the following action, dragging with left-click held down will zoom the canvas; then additionally holding the Ctrl key will make the zoom action snap to whole increments.
Hints with a
/ mean that either indicated input combination can be used to trigger the same action. For example: in the following action, either holding the space bar while dragging with the left mouse button held down, or just dragging with the middle mouse button held down, will both pan around the document in the viewport.
The following chart describes each icon representing the mouse inputs you can perform so a hint's prescribed action occurs.
|Left click drag
|Right click drag
|Middle click drag