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Navigating the Designer

The Designer has a host of shortcuts and navigation behaviors to allow you to work more efficiently in the Designer interface.

Locked Panes vs. Unlocked Panes

For your convenience, there are two ways to utilize panes: Locked and Unlocked. In Unlocked mode, the pane will automatically close after moving your mouse away from that section. In Locked mode, the pane will stay open even after your mouse moves to another part of the interface.

For example, if you hover your mouse over the word Blocks in the upper right area of the Designer interface, the Blocks pane will open in unlocked mode. So if you move your cursor to the left side of the interface, the Blocks pane will automatically close.

If you wanted the Blocks pane to remain open, you can put it in Locked mode by clicking the arrow next to the word Blocks in the interface. The arrow will switch direction to indicate that the pane is now in Locked mode. To unlock the pane, simply click the arrow again. This same Locked/Unlocked behavior applies to the Presets pane on the left side of the Designer interface as well.

NOTE: The panes can also be opened and closed using keyboard shortcuts, discussed below.

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Navigating with the Effects Chain

You can also use applied blocks to quickly navigate to specific places in the interface.

Single clicking applied blocks will open the controls for that block if the Blocks pane is not already open. If the Blocks pane is open, single clicking applied blocks opens the corresponding group in the Blocks pane (for example, clicking an Opacity block will open the Particle group in the Blocks pane). Double clicking applied blocks will open the corresponding group in the Blocks pane in Locked mode.

Single clicking a category heading in the Effects Chain will open the corresponding category in the Blocks pane in Unlocked mode. Double clicking a category heading in the Effects Chain will open the corresponding category in the Blocks pane in Locked mode. Or, if the pane is already open, double clicking a category heading will close the Blocks pane, even if it is in Locked mode.

Applying Presets and Blocks

When you apply a preset from the Presets pane or a Block from the Blocks pane, you can single click the Preset/Block to apply it and leave the current pane open.
If you double click the effect or block to apply it, the pane will close, regardless of whether it is currently in Locked mode or not.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to open and close the Presets and Blocks panes.

Press the b key on your keyboard to open and close the Blocks pane. Pressing b will always close the Blocks pane, regardless if it is in Locked or Unlocked Mode.

Press the p key on your keyboard to open and close the Presets pane. Pressing p will always close the Presets pane, regardless if it is in Locked or Unlocked Mode.

The c key on your keyboard will both enable Camera Preview Mode and cycle through camera modes. For more information on these modes, see the Preview Pane in the Designer page in this section.