Using the Compositing Environment

These pages are designed to help you learn how to use the Compositing environment including working with nodes, using the Toolbar, and using the Properties panel.

Toolbar, Menu Bar, and Content Menus

The Toolbar is located on the left-hand side of the Viewer in the Compositing environment. It consists of a number of menu icons. The different nodes are grouped under these icons based on their functions. You use the Toolbar to add nodes to the Node Graph.

The menu bar is located on top of the Nuke window (in all workspaces). Its menus, such as the File or Edit menu, let you perform more general actions related to the project or script, the Viewers, or editing, rather than certain individual nodes.

In addition to the Toolbar and the menu bar, you should also familiarize yourself with the content menus. They are the gray checkered boxes in the top-left corner of each pane. If you click on the box, a menu opens as shown in the image below. You can use the options in the menu to customize the workspace.

Finally, to work faster, you can right-click on the different panels to display a menu with options related to that particular panel.