One thing that I've always struggled with is making heads or tails of my Fusion projects once I've incorporated a bunch of Nodes. After a while it starts to look like a jumbled petri dish. Let's take a look at how we can clean up our Node work-space with a few different tools.
First off: the Node Graph is big. I mean REALLY big. Don't be afraid to spread things out. This helps you get a better view of what's what.
The second little tip is right-clicking on the board and going to Arrange Tools. This gives you 3 options: to Grid, to Connected, and Auto Arrange.
Here's what each does:
- To Grid: Snaps a node to the Grid lines when moved.
- To Connected: Snaps a Node in line with a connected Node when placed next to each other.
- Auto Arrange: Automatically places new Nodes arranged with other Nodes.
If you want to quickly line everything up, Right-Click and select Line Up All Tools To Grid. This does exactly what it says. Awesome!
Now that we have our Work-space all neat and in line, we need a way to quickly know which nodes are which. Now, if you're like me, you'll think "I really should rename all these Nodes so I know exactly what they are. But who am I kidding I don't have time to do that." I feel you. So that's why we use these next two tools:
- Sticky Note
To find these go over to the Effects Library, under Flow.
The first item is the Sticky Note. This is your basic Text Note. Hitting F2 will let you rename it, double-clicking will open it up and let you type to your hearts content. Then you just place it wherever you want to keep it for reference.
But let's say you want to have a label for all of the Nodes in a section. That's when an underlay comes in handy.
Drag a new Underlay into the Graph and resize it to go under all of your graphic Nodes. The really cool thing about the underlay is that you can move everything inside the underlay together just by moving the underlay.
Now, there's one final trick to share, and it works similarly to the underlay. Highlight all the nodes you want to keep together and hit Ctrl + G. This puts all the selected Nodes into a group Node.
If you want to change anything in the group, double-click the node and it acts as an underlay, but you can collapse it back down to a Group Node.
So there you have it! A few tips to help keep those big projects nice and clean, unlike your bedroom when you were 15. It's okay, we've all been there.
So let us see your projects! Share those crazy setups, before and after a little clean up. If you have any other tips or tricks to help keep yourself organized in Fusion, drop us a line or visit our Discord!