[Bf-animsys] Proposal for adding a color swatch to the weight paint panel

Gaia gaia.clary at machinimatrix.org
Tue Jul 2 13:31:42 CEST 2013

Hi Campbell, Nathan;

My original reason why i proposed a swatch was:

1.) When I want to tweak small areas i want to paint with
colors close to the colors already used nearby.

2.) when i want to tweak the transition between 2 bones
i might wantto choose an average color "in between"
the transition area.

Ok, i did not know that we have CTRL+LMB for color picking
This makes my primary reasonsfor color indicator much less

So, here is an alternative proposal:
Make the color picker visible for those who do not know
about ctrl+lmb, as shown on left side of this image:


This would already be very helpful here.

But (still thinking in colors) what about adding a
"current color indicator" like shown on the right side
of the image ? The small circle below the picker either
shows the color in use (when picker is inactive),
or the color under the picker (when picker is active) ?


On 02.07.2013 01:33, Campbell Barton wrote:
> Hi Gaia,
> My gut reaction is that this isn;t needed, probably because I did lots
> of weight painting and never found myself wanting this...
> Heres my attempt to rationalize.
> -  When you pick a weight you don't think - "I Want Green", you think
> of some factor... Half, 75% 1/3 for eg.
> ... So this wouldn't be so useful to select weights, its more useful
> as a kind of legend to what you are seeing in the 3D view.
> - If may be useful if you see a weight in the 3D view and want to
> match it but in this case you're better off picking it
>    (Ctrl+LMB, in fact this is a bit hidden, possibly we should have a
> weight picker icon, as we do for color picker, but thats a different
> issue).
> - The use as a legend to describe what you see in the 3D view could be
> OK, but if you're doing deformations, you become familiar with the
> colors fairly fast IMHO, so I don't think its really so helpful for
> that either.
> The effort to make this custom button, and then resolve issues like
> custom colorbands that make text hard to see, imho is not so helpful,
> maybe a color swatch to the right of the button could work, but then
> users would think this is a color picker - so how to make that more
> obvious is new problem :) - maybe it can be only visible when
> dragging?... not sure.
> On a related topic though, something I do wish we had is a quick way
> to select common weights - checked 2.49 and we had 5 buttons: [0, 1/4,
> 1/2, 3/4, 1]
> These were really handy - If we had buttons like this below the weight
> slider and those were colored to match the weight, I think that could
> work.
> On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 1:43 AM, Gaia <gaia.clary at machinimatrix.org> wrote:
>> Hi;
>> I propose to add a color swatch to the Weight Paint panel
>> very similar to what we have for Vertex paint and texture Paint,
>> but just showing the color band, like here for example:
>>       http://pasteall.org/pic/show.php?id=54593 (mockup on the left side)
>> The idea is to have a visual information about the weight brush color
>> besides the pure value information indicated in the weight button.
>> If we implement this swatch, then it will of course take any
>> custom weighting color band from the user preferences if defined.
>> Otherwise it  will show the default cold/hot rainbow color band.
>> If i get a positive vote for my proposal then i have the
>> permission from Kaito to add it to the panel :)
>> Please let me know your opinion and your own ideas for
>> a better solution.
>> Thanks for responding ;)
>> -gaia-
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