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Following is an overview of Genetica's interface.  Additional information can also be found on the Rendering Textures page.







1. Overview Tab


The Overview tab allows users to easily perform some common tasks.  It is divided into three sections.


Running along the top is a row of boxes that represent the steps, or operations, that the current document follows to produce the final image.  Select a step to show its options below.  The middle section, identified by a blue background, has buttons and category filters that narrow down the type of operation performed by the currently selected step.  The bottom section has options or presets related to the specified step type.


See the Genetica Basics tutorial for more details on using the Overview tab.




2. Nodes Tab


The Nodes tab reveals Genetica's primary workspace where textures and filters are edited.  More information is available here.




3. Lab Tab


Certain advanced node types, such as the Canvas node and Lab nodes, contain so many options that they must appear on their own tab.  The Lab tab will only appear when such a node is selected.




4. Results Tab


The Results tab contains the final images that result when textures are rendered.  At least one texture must have been rendered for this tab to be available.  More information is available on the Rendering page.




5. Main Button Bar


The button bar along the top of the interface contains a number of commonly used functions.  From left to right:






Creates a new, blank texture.


Load a previously saved texture from your hard drive.  The drop-down arrow directly to the right of the Open button will display a list of recently used files and folders that can be opened.


Re-saves the active texture, overwriting the previously saved version.  If the texture has never been saved, you will be prompted to choose a location and filename for saving the texture.


The drop-down arrow directly to the right of the Save button will display a list of recently used folders.  If one of the folders is selected, the Save As dialog will be opened to that folder.


Undoes the last change made to a texture.  Can be used repeatedly to undo a series of changes.


Redoes the last undone change.



Please refer to the Rendering page for an explanation of the controls appearing on the right side of the button bar.




6. Document Tabs


A tab appears for each texture or filter that is currently open within Genetica.  Clicking on any of the tabs will shift focus to that document.  Hovering over a tab and clicking the red X that appears will close the document.




7. Adjusters Tab


This tab reveals the adjusters of the currently selected document.




8. Contributors Tab


The Contributors tab provides details on the artists who have contributed to making the current texture.  For more information, please refer to the Contributors page.




9. Preview Tab


This tab shows a large, continuously rendered preview of the current document.  It can be thought of as a floating view that is embedded within the interface.  See the Floating Views page for more information on the controls appearing within this tab.




10. Effect Maps Tab


Genetica textures often contain a number of "effect maps" that don't alter the texture image itself, but provide additional layers of information that can be used by 3D applications for making materials look more realistic.  The Effect Maps tab shows what effect maps are available for the currently selected node.  For more information, please refer to the Using Effect Maps tutorial.


For further details regarding Genetica's interface, please refer to the Nodes tab and Rendering Textures.




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