Bitmap Drawing

The drawing tools behave more or less as one might expect. The size, colour, etc, of each tool can be specified in the Options palette. If a drawing tablet and stylus is used (which is highly recommended!), the pressure is used to affect the width and/or opacity of the selected tool. If you don’t have a stylus, it might be easier to draw with the polyline tool than the pencil or pen tools. Simply click different points on the canvas, and a smooth curve going through these points is created. When you are done, double-click on the last point. If you just want to draw a straight line, click to define the starting point and double-click to define the ending point (using the Polyline Tool).

Pencil Tool

A tool intented to do the sketching. It doesn’t have any Feather options.

If Size with pressure is enabled, the pen pressure will adjust the opacity of the stroke:

If Size with pressure is disabled, the pen pressure will have no effect:

The keyboard shortcut for this tool is: N

Brush Tool

NOTE: This tool is intended only for the Bitmap Layer.

Intended to create airbrush style strokes. The feathering can be adjusted, so it is also possible to create hard-edged stroke by setting feathering to something like 3.0. (Setting the Feather to 0.0 creates a non anti-aliased stroke.)

The Contour checkmark when selected will let you paint inside colored regions exclusively as long as the center of the brush remains within the colored mass being colored. Moving the crosshair of the brush outside of the intended region will result in a brush stroke that is much like a regular brush stroke.

If Size with pressure is enabled, the size of the stroke is controlled by the pen pressure:

If Size with pressure is disabled, the opacity of the stroke is controlled by the pen pressure:

The keyboard shortcut for this tool is: B

Pen Tool

A tool used primarily for inking.

One important note about the Pen Tool: If antialias is turned on in the preferences menu, it does two thing:

  1. It apply anti-alias to the real-time view that you are seeing
  2. It apply antialias to each stroke of the draw tool

So, you certainly want your anti-alias to be turned on when using the Pen Tool on a bitmap layer.

If Size with pressure is enabled, the size of the stroke is controlled by the pen pressure:

If Size with pressure is disabled, the size of the stroke is fixed:

The keyboard shortcut for this tool is: P

Alpha

All three tools have this option. When enabled, the alpha is preserved, so that you will only paint on top of your previous strokes. Here, a few strokes have painted with a red Brush Tool on top of some black strokes:

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  1. McWitherWolf

    YES!!!! I first decided to look at drawing tablet prices. Then I thought, can pencil even work with these? I am so happy that is a feature is there any special way they have to connect? Or do I just plug it in through usb

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