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Workspace

The Plazmic® Composer project window contains the project workspace. The workspace is comprised of the following elements:

Item

Description

Canvas

The canvas represents the entire viewable area, or stage of the scene.

You can change the size and color of the canvas.

Overscan area

The overscan area is the gray area (or offstage region) around the canvas from which objects can enter and exit the canvas during an animation.

You can also use the overscan area to store objects for future use.

Tip: To hide the contents of the overscan area, click the Overscan button. To change the overscan area to semi-transparent, choose View > Show Overscan As Half Opacity.

Rulers

The rulers appear at the top and left of the project workspace and provide measurements in pixels. The vertical and horizontal position of the mouse pointer is indicated on the respective ruler.

You can show or hide the rulers.

Grid

The grid is an alignment tool represented by regularly-spaced horizontal and vertical lines. To assist with alignment, you can snap to the grid; when objects are created or moved, they will automatically align to a gridline.

By default, the Plazmic Composer grid system is aligned at the upper-left corner of the document window. You can alter the alignment coordinates of the grid to accommodate changes within your content.

You can show or hide gridlines, adjust their color and spacing, and select the Snap to Grid option.

Guides

Guides are alignment tools that you can add wherever you need them, by dragging them from the horizontal or vertical rulers. You can snap to guidelines to assist with alignment; when objects are created or moved, they will automatically align to a guide line.

You can show or hide guides, select the Snap to Guides option, or lock the guides to prevent them from being accidentally moved.

Limits

The limits show the edges of the canvas, extended the to full width and height of the workspace. You can use the limit lines to resize the canvas by dragging them to the appropriate size.

You can show or hide limit lines, or lock them to prevent them from being accidentally moved.

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