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Getting Started in Layout
Preferences Overview

1.2_Preferences Overview

0:00 Now that we have a basic page setup, we can begin to dive a bit further and explore how to make changes and customize our new document.

0:08 Let’s start by taking a quick look at Layout’s preferences and how they apply globally across all documents.

0:13 On a Mac, go to ‘Layout/Preferences’. If youre on Windows, you can find preferences under the ‘Edit’ menu.

0:21 The first option to customize is ‘Applications’, which like SketchUp, allow us to designate specific applications to handle opening and editing files from within Layout.

0:31 For example, if you have a raster image that needs to be edited, you can always go searching for the original file on your hard drive and open up, edit it, save it and re-link it…

0:34 For example, if you have a raster image that needs to be edited, you can always go searching for the original file on your hard drive and open up, edit it, save it and re-link it…

0:41 ...Or, to save us a bit of time, we can tell LayOut what our image editing application is, in this case let’s pick Photoshop.

0:49 When we edit and update our images later we can open it in Photoshop straight from LayOut.

0:59 And any changes we make are automatically reflected in our LayOut document.

1:04 For now, let's skip over Backup, Folders, General or Presentation as they are more advanced settings which we’ll explore in later lessons.

1:14 So let's skip down to ‘Scales’. Since we’ll be working to scale with our models later on, it’s good to know where you can add custom scales as needed.

1:23 Most of the common scales that one might need are already pre-loaded with LayOut.

1:28 To add a scale just click on the plus ‘+’ sign and enter the scale factor.

1:33 New scales are added at the bottom of the list.

1:36 Next is shortcuts where you can change any of the default keyboard shortcuts to better suit your specific workflow. We’ll leave these as is for now.