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Custom Layouts#

The user interface of Clarisse can be fully customized and organized as presets. By default, the application comes with a few predefined layouts matching specific tasks.

To select a preset, just go to Layout > Presets.

Presets Favored usage
Build Workshop This layout is optimized for scene assembly and sequence lighting.
Animation Workshop This layout is optimized for animation.
Shading Workshop This layout is optimized for lookdev.
Render Workshop This layout is optimized for working on lighting and rendering.
Scripting Workshop This is the default layout designed to work with scripts.
Particle Paint Workshop This layout is optimized for set-dressing and particle paint.
TD Workshop This layout is optimized for TDs to inspect and debug projects.


Please note the user interface layout is saved in build/project files.

In Clarisse you can create as many main windows as you want which is very useful if you are using multiple monitors. To create a new main window select Windows > New Clarisse.

It's important to stress the fact that main window layouts in Clarisse are independent. For example, you can set a main window with a Render workshop while having, at the same time, another main window set with an Animation workshop.

You can also start a layout from scratch. To clear all the viewports of a main window select Layout > Clear All Viewports.

Managing Presets#

The preset menu found in Layout > Presets allows you to choose, manage and store presets.


Presets are saved in Clarisse configuration file.

To manage presets go to Layout > Presets > Manage... This will bring the Preset Manager window where you can:

  • change the default preset by setting choosing the preset you wish to use by default. Make sure to hit Apply
  • delete presets by selecting a preset and using the Del key
  • rename a preset by selecting the preset and using the F2 key
  • restore all presets to factory settings by clicking on Reset To Default

Creating a preset from the current layout#

To store the current layout as a preset, go to Layout > Presets > Store... Then type the name of your preset and Voilà! You've just created a new preset.

Creating Widgets#

Instead of displaying Widgets inside viewports, you can display them in sub-windows using the Window menu and selecting the widget you want. For example, to display an Attribute Editor as a sub-window go to Windows > Attribute Editor. Sub-windows are owned by and parented to the main window that created them:

  • They float directly above the main window owner (note this feature isn't working on macOS)
  • If you close the owner window all owned sub-windows are closed

You can toggle the visibility of sub-windows using Windows > Hide/Show Subwindows. You can also view the list of sub-windows using Windows > Active Windows.