Why AutoHotkey for Artists and Graphic Designers?

While Using AutoHotkey with Windows Makes Sense for Most Professions, It’s Not So Obvious for Artists and Graphic Designers

If you work in the graphic arts on computers, then you know that a multitude of programs exists for creating designs and original art pieces. Each one works a little differently with artistcartoonspecific strengths and weaknesses. You may even use a couple of particular software packages for certain projects. Wouldn’t it be nice to own a few tools which work in every one of those programs?

When producing ads and capturing screenshots, even I use a number of disparate apps for designing and finishing the artwork. (I have a preference for the free Paint.Net program.) However, no matter how powerful and feature-filled the software, I always want the tools to do a little more while working in each program. That’s where AutoHotkey comes in. Continue reading

The WinSet, ExStyle Command for Mouse-Click Transparent Windows (Intermediate AutoHotkey Tip)

After Always-On-Top and Translucent Windows, Use the WinSet Command to Make a Mouse-Click Transparent Help Window, Plus a Discussion of the Mysterious (and Confusing) Microsoft Window Styles/ExStyles (WS_XXX and WS_EX_XXX)

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AutoHotkey Script for Precision Hotkey Mouse Movement in Windows Graphics Programs—Continued (Beginning Hotkeys Part 16)

This Short AutoHotkey App Adds Pixel Level Precision to Mouse Cursor Movement in Any Windows Graphics Program.

This time we add more cursor directions by implementing numeric keypad Hotkey Scan Codes, plus a feature for temporarily adding these micro cursor hotkeys to any new graphics app.

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AutoHotkey Script for Precision Hotkey Mouse Movement in Windows Graphics Programs (Beginning Hotkeys Part 15)

This Short AutoHotkey App Adds Pixel Level Precision to Mouse Cursor Movement in Any Windows Graphics Program. Plus, Best Practices When Creating Hotkeys and More.

From time to time I use various Windows graphics programs. I regularly open Irfanview as my default image reader and occasionally use the built-in Windows Snipping Tool for screen capture. But my favorite graphics program is the free Paint.Net image and photo editing software for PCs. I usually design Web ads and cleanup embedded images with Paint.Net. However, there is one annoying factor when working with virtually any graphics software. Using a mouse for selection and alignment tends to be inaccurate and sloppy. It’s very difficult to move the mouse cursor with pixel level exactness—at least not without massively magnifying the image size.

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AutoHotkey Tips for Mouse Click Hotkeys with Seldom Touched Keys (Beginning Hotkeys Part 11)

Make Your Hotkeys Easier by Combining a Rarely Pressed Key and a Simple Mouse Click…or Not! Plus, Take Advantage of More Little Used Keys in Hotkey Combinations

While the Hotkeys from two blogs ago for switching errant letters and the last blog for word swapping are simple enough—merely place the text cursor between the targets of the swap and hit the key combination—they can be made even easier my activating the Hotkeys with a click of the mouse. Rather than using two moves—placing the cursor, then hitting the Hotkeys—combine both into one action by making your left mouse button click part of the Hotkey.

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Windows Volume Control Using Your Mouse Wheel and the AutoHotkey #If Directive (Beginning Hotkeys Part 6)

The AutoHotkey #If Expression Directive and Hotkey, If (Expression) Command Make Hotkeys Expression-Sensitive, Plus a Simple No-Click Volume Control Script

Volume Control
The mouse wheel controls volume while hovering the cursor over the Taskbar in Windows. (This is a Windows 10 example).

The AutoHotkey documentation for the #If expression directive includes a short script at the bottom of the page which is perfect for demonstrating how to use the Hotkey, If (Expression) command and its interdependence on the #If expression directive. It’s a cool little app because it reduces Windows volume control to simply scrolling the mouse wheel up or down while hovering the mouse cursor over the Windows taskbar—no click required!

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This beginning Hotkey blog builds upon the discussions in the previous parts. If you find any of the information too confusing, then reviewing earlier blogs may be worthwhile.

New to AutoHotkey? See “Introduction to AutoHotkey: A Review and Guide for Beginners.”

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