_____The PostworkShop Layout and the Editors

Once you open the program the default screen is the Simple Layout. To help, we inserted a short Quick Start Guide to help you making the first steps and getting familiar with PostworkShop. Close the Quick Start Guide to start working.

You can open it again from the Options/Preferences menu point.



In the Advanced layout*, the screen is divided into three sections:

  • Workspace on the left side.
  • Projects Browser, Styles browser, and Property+Preview pane are in the three tabs along the top of the right side.
  • Object Browser and Layer Browser are below the workspace

Note: The layout can be set in the Options menu or in the menu bar by clicking the icons. (to know how to select the Layouts, see below 1.5 Menubars and tab). The selected layout will have its icon highlighted in orange. 

By default, PostworkShop provides a white canvas to proceed with your project. The canvas is considered an Object (like any other image/photo). The canvas is the “New Image” Object layer which comes with a Default Layer in the Style Layers section.



The Simple Layout shows only has the Compositing viewport, while the Classic and the Advanced Layouts offer the ability to create styles in the Style Editor. In Style Editor view the layout is divided in two sections:

  • Workspace on the left side
  • Styles Browser, Projects browser, and Property+Preview pane under three tabs on the right side

The Style Info box which is part of the Styles browser can be opened by clicking the "i" information button, and closed with a second click on the "i". This button lets you to know the style's description, properties, author, etc, but only if they have been set by the creator.

_____Set your Layout

Sections are separated by vertical and horizontal divider bars. These dividers can be moved with the left mouse button to shrink or enlarge the workspace of the Compositing viewport or the Style Editor. 

Double-clicking the divider maximizes the working area inside the application window. A second double-click on the divider bar resizes the workspace to the original default position.

Note: The full screen effect is extremely useful when working in the Style Editor. With a larger workspace, you do not need to reduce the *node* dimensions. (To see how Style Editor works, see 3.3 "Output and Input Pins")

*Node: An abbreviation of “filter node”, a unit in the filter graphs.


_____Separating the Properties+Preview pane

The Properties+Preview panel can be displayed separately from the Projects/Styles tabs. Use the triangle beside the tabs.

Docking the Properties+Preview pane on the right allows you to have both the Properties and Styles browsers active so you do not need to switch between them to add or modify styles. You are able to work faster with fewer clicks. If you want to re-unite the tabs click the small triangle again.

Note: Separating the Properties+Preview pane is possible only if there is enough space on the right side of your screen. This feature is not allowed when using the smallest view.


_____Menubars and tabs

The first 7 buttons are common to all the layouts. From left to right:

  • Load image:  open an image file from your computer's folder.
  • Save: Save the image (*.jpg, *.png, *tif...), the final render, the PWS project file or the Adobe Photoshop *.psd file. 
  • Undo: undo the last moves. Use ctrl+x. See also Quick key combinations in the Compositing view. 
  • Undo History: shows the previous changes made, the styles applied.  Redo: redo the undid moves. Use ctrl+z. See also Quick key combinations in the Compositing view. 
  • Render Area: Renders the work to obtain the partial image selected. 
  • Render: Renders the work to obtain the final calculated image
  • Switch to Simple Layout: Shows only the Object and the Styles Browser above the image, and the Properties+preview pane. Does not show the Layers browser. 
  • Switch to Classic Layout: Shows the Styles Browser/Properties+preview pane and the Layers browser. 
  • Switch to Advanced Layout: Shows the Object, the Styles Browser/Properties+preview pane and the Layers browser. 
  • Quick Start Guide: Opens the quick start guide.

In the Simple layout you will see a small icon with a paintbrush:  

  • Freehand painting: click the icon to switch to the Freehand painting tab. You will be able to paint, clone by using your tablet and mouse. 

Below the menubar you will find the styles menubar.