The Preferences window holds settings that control PixaPlant behavior. They are divided in three tabs:
1. General Preferences
The General preferences are grouped as follows:
Show Common Actions: selects whether the Common Actions window should automatically appear each time PixPlant is launched.
Show Seed Wizard: controls if the Seed Wizard window should appear automatically each time a new seed is added.
Default DPI: this setting controls the default DPI information for new images created in the Texture Area and for pasted images in all editors (as copy+paste usually discards this information). DPI information is not used in PixPlant but is preserved from loaded files and included in saved files, which might be important for some workflows.
Editor Path: the path of the external editor launched when the External Edit button is clicked. If not set it will be asked the first time the button is clicked.
Color Theme: PixPlant includes two skins, medium and a dark gray. Select to immediately see it applied.
Highlight Color: color used to show the selected editor, blue or orange. Select to immediately see it applied.
Check for Updates: how often should PixPlant check for updates? Set to Never to disable.
Updates are checked to update.pixplant.com.
2. File Handling Preferences
File Handling preferences deal with file naming, saving and behavior and are grouped as follows:
Save Files in a Project: if set, each time a file which is part of a project needs to be saved, PixPlant won't prompt and automatically handles saving. This makes it simpler to work with projects where it's generally assumed you want to have all files named and saved in predictably ways.
New untitled files are automatically named with the project name and an automatic suffix (see below); changed files will be saved without asking.
Rotate JPEG Images: if set, JPEG images with EXIF information will have the stored rotation applied when they are loaded. Please note that JPEG files saved in PixPlant do not include EXIF information.
Save Quality for Lossy Formats
JPEG: a percentage quality value where values of 95 and above save with the best possible quality for the format.
JPEG 2000: values from 100 to 51 are mapped to JPEG 2000 quality factors 1 to 8, while values from 50 to 1 are mapped to JPEG 2000 factors 9 to 512.
Use 100 for lossless saving.
JPEG XR: a percentage JPEG XR quality value where 100 means lossless saving.
Automatic Name Suffixes
Automatic names are filenames PixPlant creates based in the suffixes entered in this section.
They are used from the File > Save All with Automatic Names, or when a project is open and the Automatically Save Files in a Project option above is selected.
3. Performance Preferences
These preferences deal with performance-quality trade-offs in the way PixPlant renders editors and the 3D preview. They are groups as follows:
Paint Throttle Period: When you change a map in an editor, for example with a paint tool, PixPlant must reflect the result in the 3D Preview. This slider configures how spaced in time should 3D Preview rendering updates occur. Smaller values result in more frequent 3D preview updates but may cause slow interaction in the editors and vice-versa.
If you're experiencing slow interaction in the editors, try increasing this value.
Warning Notices: PixPlant sometimes needs to issue warnings which are displayed below the 3D Preview area. This setting controls whether they are actually displayed.
Maximum Texture Display Size: GPUs have limits on the size of textures they can render; even if they can support them, some GPUs render larger textures slowly; or sometimes GPU drivers have bugs with larger textures.
This setting defines a maximum texture size to be used by PixPlant. If you open a texture greater than this size, PixPlant will internally scale the previewing textures used in the editors and 3D Preview to be up to this size.
This only happens for previewing: PixPlants always works textures on their native size.
Displacement Display Quality: all displacement (and normal) editing is done internally in 32-bit floating point values, however some GPUs might be slow to render floating point textures so this check-box controls whether an 8-bit texture is instead used for previewing (editors and 3D Preview).
This also only happens for previewing: PixPlants always works displacement maps in floating point precision.