Join George Maestri for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating Toxik, part of Entertainment Creation Suite: Getting Started with Toxik.
When you start using Toxic, one of the things you'll learn is that there are a lot of hidden functions that exist under the mouse keys. When you're using Toxic with a mouse, you need to be sure to use a three-button mouse because there are some additional functions in that middle click that you can use. You can also use Toxic with a tablet or pen, particularly if you're doing things like painting, mattes, and that sort of thing. But we're using it with a mouse, so we're just going to keep it very simple here. So the first thing you want to take a look at is the right-click options.
Now these change depending upon where you're at. So if I'm over, for example, a layout window and I right-click, you have these options. And one of the ones you'll use the most is called Add From Pick List. Now these are basically the effects and compositing functions that we can apply to clips. So these are really just all the things that we can do with the stuff in our layout window. We also have options to layout everything, which means just to clean up your layout, and so on and so forth. Reset, Zoom, and Pan, and so on. Now if you're over, an image window or a viewport that contains an image such as this one, right-clicking will give you different options. Again, you can have Add from Pick List, but some of them are Reset, Zoom and Pan, View, and Display. So for example if I only want to display RGB, or if I want to display alpha channel or just the alpha channel, I can do that sort of thing. I can also do what's called a Comparison. I can actually compare two images together. Comparison is great as if you're doing an effect, you want to see what it looks like before and after. You can select two nodes and do a comparison. And then another one is Fit to Player or Reset Zoom and Pan. Now, this will actually go to actual pixels. Or this will shrink or expand to fit the size of your window. Now, another menu option you want to be aware of is called, the Drop Gate. Now, again, this will change, depending upon where you're at in the interface. But, it's accessed by hitting middle-click. Now, we're just going to do it over a view port, here. And if I middle click here, you'll see that I have options to go to Schematic, a pick list, Composition Browser and so on. So if I click again, it goes away. So it's almost like a gesture. So you can see if I move the mouse quickly to the left or the right, you'll see this window comes up and then it disappears. So this is actually very gestural. So if I click here and go to Pick List, this gives me a bigger version of that pick list I can get through the right-click. But I also can go through different types of views. And once I move off of that window It disappears, so I don't have to hit Close for anything. So another one you would do probably would be the Composition Browser, which is basically all the assets in our scene in a text format. So again you can scroll through these, and as soon as I move my mouse off of that, it disappears. And this actually makes it much more productive, because you don't have to open and close windows. You can just have that window available when you want it. Now the drop gate can be used for a lot of different things. And you'll be using it in various places in the program. But I just wanted to introduce that concept to you before we proceed.