Features: The Menu, Toolbar, and Status Bar
The menu for Image Composer is similar to that of other Windows applications and provides access to all functions. Most of the functions specific to Image Composer can be accessed more readily through the Toolbox, and will be discussed later. One special menu item should be noted, however: the Plug-Ins. Plug-ins are special editing tools that help you create special effects easily. Image Composer comes with an Impressionist plug-in built in, and is compatible with most plug-ins written for Adobe Photoshop, such as Kai's Power Tools.
Most of the icons on the toolbar will be familiar to Windows users. The following ones are specific to Image Composer:
inserts existing graphics file into the current composition
duplicates the selected sprite
selects all sprites
clears the current selection
selector for color palettes
shows the current composition in full size
The Image Composer status bar provides some useful information on the location and size of sprites. The X and Y coordinates shown to right of "selection" show the location of the upper left corner of the selected sprite (the upper left corner of the composition is located at [0,0]). The width and height dimensions of the sprite are shown to the right of the location. The other X and Y coordinates to the far right give the current location of the mouse pointer.