PI8 Basics #7: The Quick Command Panel

Access the Quick Command Panel by clicking its button, the last one in the Panel Manager. By default, it opens to the History tab.

quick command panel

The History tab contains a list of all edits applied to the currently active image. So if you have several images open in the work space, the History tab will show different edits, depending on which image is currently active. Click on any item to Undo up to that point. When you use History to Undo, the edit become grayed out in the list. To Redo an edit, click on a grayed out item to restore all edits up to that point. It's a handy way to Undo and Redo without having to use the Edit menu commands.

The Task tab access preset tasks which ship with PI8, as well as any custom tasks you've saved or imported. Essentially, a task is like a word processing "macro," a series of edits which you've recorded and saved. To create a task, click the Record button, perform a series of edits, then click the Stop button. Once you've saved a task, you only have to select it and click the Play button to apply it to an active image. Creating and using tasks can be an incredible time saver. Most seasoned PI users have a stockpile of them.

task tab

The last button across the top of the Task tab is for Batch Task. Click it to open a Batch Task dialog box, which lets you apply a selected task to an entire folder full of images, if desired.

batch task button

If you click the Search button on the left side of this page and search by key words Task, Batch Task and Quick Command Panel, you will find a number of detailed tutorials which I've written on creating, saving and sharing Quick Command Panel tasks with other PI users. Although these tutorials have been written for previous versions of PI, they remain salient, as the way in which Quick Command Panels tasks are created and saved has not changed since PI4.

Click the Cache tab to display a list of recently performed image edits.

cache tab

Cached edits are rotated out as new edits are performed. To repeat an edit in the Cache, just click on it. To lock an edit in the cache, click in the empty little gray box to keep it there, so it won't rotate out. For example, if you want to perform the same edit over and over again, lock it in the Cache, as I've done in the screen shot above for the "As Object (Edit/Paste)" command. To unlock an edit, click on the lock.

Some cached edits have a little box with a diagonal arrow through them, indicating that the edits have certain preset attributes attached to them. To edit the preset, click on the box to remove the diagonal line. Then click on the cached edit to apply. Doing so will open the appropriate dialog box so that you can tweak the settings.

Like the other Panels in the Panel Manager, the Quick Command Panel can be resized by dragging on its borders. You can minimize or "roll it up" by double clicking on its blue title bar and drag it to a convenient area in the work place to get it out of your way. Double click on its blue title bar again to maximize it.

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