Basic Replicator Parameters in the HUD

When a replicator is created from a source layer, the pattern is built using the default parameters in the Replicator tab of the Inspector. You can also use the Replicator HUD to easily change the most important of these parameters to suit your needs.

To display the Replicator HUD
  • In the Layers tab or Timeline layers list, select the replicator you want to display the HUD.

    Note: If the HUD does not appear, choose Window > Show HUD (or press F7). You can also press D to show the HUD.

The next section describes the controls in the Replicator HUD.

Replicator HUD Controls

The Replicator HUD contains frequently used controls that are necessary to modify the shape and arrangement of the replicator. These parameters are a subset of the parameters found in the Replicator tab of the Inspector. The HUD contains a group of sliders and pop-up menus that provide an easy way change the shape of the pattern, as well as the arrangement of the objects within the pattern. The controls in the Replicator HUD are dynamic—they appear depending on what is selected from the Shape and Arrangement pop-up menus. The HUD also provides quick access to the Opacity and Blend Mode parameters, which are located in the Properties tab of the Inspector.

The HUD also provides quick access to the Opacity and Blend Mode parameters, which are located in the Properties tab of the Inspector.

Figure. Replicator HUD showing replicator parameters in a 2D group.

When a replicator and the Adjust 3D Transform tool (in the Toolbar) are selected, additional transform parameters become available in the HUD. For more information on using the HUD’s 3D transform controls, see 3D Transform Tools.

Figure. Replicator HUD showing replicator parameters in a 3D group.
Figure. Canvas showing two-cell replicator displayed using different Shape settings.

Important: The Opacity, Blend Mode, and Shape parameters always appear in the Replicator HUD. The parameters below Shape in the HUD are dynamic—they change depending on what is selected from the Shape pop-up menu and Arrangement pop-up menu (which is itself dynamic, invoking additional parameters). For a discussion of all replicator parameters, see Advanced Replicator Controls.

  • Opacity: Defines the opacity of the replicator pattern as a whole. If a replicator contains multiple cells, this setting affects the opacity of all pattern elements.

    For information on controlling the opacity of the elements in a replicator with more than one source, see Using Multiple Source Layers for the Replicator.

  • Columns: Defines the number of vertical columns in the pattern. Pattern elements are distributed at points along the columns. This parameter is available when the selected shape is closed, such as Rectangle, Circle, or Image, and when Arrangement is set to Tile Fill. It is also available for Box and Sphere when Arrangement is set to Outline.

    Note: The default Columns value limit is 20. You can set a higher number in the value field in the Replicator tab of the Inspector.

    Figure. Canvas window showing replicator with different quantities of rows and columns.
  • Rows: Defines the number of horizontal rows in the pattern. This parameter is available when the selected shape is closed, such as Rectangle, Circle, or Image, and when Arrangement is set to Tile Fill. It is also available for Box and Sphere when Arrangement is set to Outline.

    Note: The default Rows value limit is 20. You can set a higher number in the value field in the Replicator tab of the Inspector.

Replicator Cell HUD Controls

The Replicator Cell HUD contains frequently used controls that are necessary to modify the attributes of the individual elements in the replicator pattern. These parameters are a subset of the parameters found in the Cell Controls section of the Replicator tab in the Inspector (for replicators with one cell) or in the Replicator Cell tab (for replicators with more than one cell). The Replicator Cell HUD contains sliders to adjust the Angle, Angle End, Angle Randomness, Scale, Scale End, and Scale of Randomness cell parameters. For more information about replicator cell parameters, see Replicator Cell Controls in the Inspector.

To view the Replicator Cell HUD, select a replicator cell in the Layers tab or Timeline. (If the HUD does not appear, press F7 or D.)

Figure. Replicator Cell HUD showing replicator parameters in a 2D group.