Setting modes

A modifier consists of multiple settings that help you format your objects. However, you don't always want to change all the settings that are available within a modifier. This is where setting modes will help you out.

To the right of each setting in the modifier edit dialog, you'll see a colored square that controls the setting mode. Different types of setting modes are represented by the different colors, and they behave in different ways.

What does the setting modes mean?

We will use the Character style modifier to exemplify how the settings modes work. There are three types of setting modes:

  1. Manual values are represented by blue squares. These are settings that are specifically set in the modifier, and their formatting will be applied to your objects. The value that gets applied is the specific value you choose in the setting. The Font size setting in the example is set to manual, and thus will text that is targeted by this modifier get a font size equal to 12.
  2. Automatic values are represented by purple squares. These are also settings that are specifically set in the modifier, and their formatting will be applied to your objects. This is the same behavior as for manual values, however, with automatic values, the concrete value that is used is automatically selected by Grunt based on a case specific heuristic. The color setting in the example is set to automatic, which means that the foreground color of text is defined by Grunt automatically based on the background color of the text. E.g. if you change the background color (by means of another modifier), the foreground color of the text will automatically switch to a color that has a good contrast.
  3. Inherited values are represented by orange squares. This is normally the default mode. These are settings that are not specifically set in the modifier. Rather, the value for an inherited setting is inherited from the previous parts of the modifier stack. If you have another modifier below the current one that specifies the inherited setting, that setting will still be used. This is great if you want to add a modifier, but just want to apply a few of the settings. In the example above, the Font and Style settings are kept at inherit, which means that text that was bold or italic before the modifier was applied, still keeps that style after this modifier is applied.

How can I change the setting mode?

To change the setting mode, either:

  • Left click with the mouse on the setting mode square to toggle between the available setting modes. Clicking more times will continue to toggle you to the next available mode.
  • Right click with the mouse on the setting mode square to select the exact setting mode you want.

Last updated: January 21, 2019 10:22