Toolbox

On the left main window border you can select different drawing or processing tools. For quick access you can use the predefined short cuts.



Remarks

Each icon symbolizes a special tool. A tool is activated by clicking on it with the left mouse button or by using the shortcut [...]. When you move your mouse on a tool icon then some short information appear. Some tool buttons have a tool group that appears when holding the left mouse for a short time. Then a submenu appears.
All paint tools like line, circle, fill, spray... work the same way. If you use the left mouse button the current foreground color and/or the currently selected paint mode is used (see menu Mode). If you use the right mouse button then you draw with the background color or a special inverse mode depending on the selected paint mode.

When using paint tools you can lock the mouse movement to either horizontal or vertical direction. This can be done by holding the Shift key. Then the first movement defines the movement that is not to be locked. If you for example hold Shift and move down or up then the horizontal movement is locked as long as you continue holding Shift.

For tools which create objects like line, rectangle, circle etc. the object sizes are displayed in the information panel. See descriptions for the workspace.

A lot of tools have additional options. If you select a tool with options then a corresponding dialog appears and stays on the screen. You may place it away from its initial position. It will remember the position automatically when opened again.

Predefined Brushes

There are some predefined brushes that can be chosen by holding the left mouse button on the first tool box button. As with tool groups a sub menu appears where you can select a brush shape from.
If you right click on the brush button then the resize mode is activated. Go to the canvas left click and drag to change the brush size. In this resize mode you can use the Alt key to switch between normal and proportional resizing. Use Shift + "+" / "-" to increase or decrease the size of the current brush while drawing.

Freehand drawing tools

Paint dotted

This tool stamps the current brush on the canvas. That means it creates a row of single brush dots without connecting them to a line. The faster you move you mouse while drawing the more space will be between these dots. If you hold the Alt key while drawing with this tool then the AnimPainting is started. That means that you automatically advance through the frames while drawing. Hold the Alt + Ctrl keys to stamp an AnimBrush down over multiple frames.
You can set up a minimal dot distance in the tool settings.

Paint continuous

This tool works the same way as paint dotted but the brush dots are connected by lines.
See settings for additional options.

Spray Can

The spray can is used to simulate an airbrush. There are two different spray types that can be used.
You can set up spray options tool settings.

Line Tools

Line

Draws a straight line using current brush:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point for the line
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create a straight line
· release the mouse button

The dot settings for lines allows you set up different line draw modes.

Curve

Draws a three point spline curve:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point for the line
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create a straight line
· release the mouse button to set a straight line
· move the mouse to define a curve
· use the mouse button to draw the curve

The dot settings for lines allows you set up different line draw modes.

Polygon Line

Draws a polyline that consists of straight lines:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create a straight line
· release the mouse button
· move the mouse to create a new line
· click on the mouse button you started drawing with to set the new line or use the other mouse button to finish drawing

The dot settings for lines allows you set up different line draw modes.

Filled Polygon

Draws a filled polygon that can consist of straight lines or freehand drawn parts:
· click on the canvas to start drawing
· draw a polyline as described at the polyline tool
· while holding the mouse button down you can draw a shape freehand
· close the polygon by either setting the end of the last line to the start of the first line or by clicking on the opposite mouse button you started drawing with
· now set the orientation line for the filling mode (gradient filling) by moving your mouse and clicking the left mouse button

The fill style dialog lets you choose between different fill methods.

Rectangles

Rectangle (unfilled / filled)

Unfilled mode paints a rectangle using the current brush. The filled mode can be used to draw a solid or brush filled rectangle.

Draw a rectangle:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create a rectangle
· release the mouse button The Alt-key can be used to switch between square and rectangle while drawing.

If you use the unfilled rectangle dot spacing for lines settings are available.
The fill style dialog selects the fill mode for filled shapes.

Circles/Ovals

Circle (unfilled / filled)

Unfilled mode paints a circle using the current brush. The filled mode can be used to draw a solid or brush filled circle. A circle can be drawn in two ways. In one hand you can create a circle by defining the bounding rectangle or by setting the center and defining the radius. This option can be changed in the preferences section "miscellaneous".

Draw a circle:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point (the center of the circle or the corner of the bounding rectangle)
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create the circle
· release the mouse button

The Alt-key can be used to switch between a true circle and an ellipse while drawing.

If you use the unfilled rectangle dot spacing for lines settings are available.
The fill style dialog selects the fill mode for filled shapes.

Rotated Ellipse (unfilled / filled)

Draw a rotated ellipse:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point (the center of the circle or the corner of the bounding rectangle)
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create the circle
· release the mouse button
· move the mouse to define the rotation
· click again on the canvas to finalize

Settings and options are the same as for circles.

Brush pick up tools

Brush Picker (rectangular)

Use this tool to create a custom brush:
· click on the canvas to set the starting point
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create a rectangular selection
· release the mouse button
· Now a brush is created from the selected image part.

The current background color is automatically used as the brush's transparent color (if not using alph transparency). If you use the right mouse button to pick up a brush it is removed from the image by filling the selection with the background color. With this tool you can also pick up animated brushes (brushes which are animations itself).
To do this just hold the Alt key while picking up the brush. Then a series of frames starting with the current one are picked up into the animated brush. To set up the number of frames to be picked up use the settings for animated brushes. See menu Brush submenu "AnimBrush" entry "Settings".

See settings for additional pick up options.

Brush Picker (free)

Use this tool to create a custom brush with a freehand or polygonal selection. A polygonal selection may contain freehand defined parts. Also a magic wand is available that automatically selects a special bitmap area.

· click on the canvas to set the starting point of the selection
· hold the mouse button and move the mouse to create freehand area that defines the image part you want to pick up as a brush
· release the mouse button and move the mouse to create a line to be part of the selection
· hit the mouse button and go to step two or hit the opposite mouse button you started with to finish the selection
· the selection is closed automatically
See settings for additional pick up options.

Brush Picker (magic wand)

This tool mode selects an isolated bitmap area as a brush that is either limited by the background color or colors that exceed the given tolerance value. These modes can be selected by right clicking on the tool when it is selected.

Now a brush is created from the selected image part. The current background color is automatically used as the brush's transparent color. If you use the right mouse button to pick up a brush it is removed from the image by filling the selection with the background color.

Fill Tool (Paint Bucket)

Use this tool to fill an area of a certain color with either another color, a color gradient or a pattern:
· click into the area you want to fill
· hold the mouse button and move your mouse to define the starting point or the orientation for a gradient filling method (not used for solid color or pattern filling)
· release the mouse button

To select a fill style use the fill style dialog.
If you hold the Alt-key while filling the following animation frames will be filled too.

Magnifier

The magnifying glass lets you zoom into the current image. There are two different zoom modes:
· a simple click on the canvas with the left mouse button increases the zoom level one step where the right mouse button decreases
· to zoom into a certain area left click on the canvas and move your mouse to define a region that is to be zoomed

Lock Grid / Symmetry drawing

The grid can be used to let the brush or mouse position snap to cross points of a defined grid or to create tile or symmetry graphics. Use the grid/symmetry setup to apply grid size, alignment or symmetry behavior.

Clear

Simply clears the current image, a sequence of frames or the whole animation by filling them with the current background color.

Text tool

Click on this tool to create a brush from a text using the installed Windows fonts.

Canvas Mover

Use this tool to move the canvas with your mouse to navigate quickly.
You may instead hold Shift+Alt to have a temporary move that automatically deactivates if you release the keys.

AntiAlias Option

Use this option to remove aliasing effects. Such effects occur, if you for example draw a line on the canvas. When this option is enabled then the pixel "stairs" are softened.

Color Picker

Use the pipette to get a certain color from an image as foreground (left mouse button) or background color (right mouse button). For a temporary pipette use the Ctrl key. The pipette will then appear as long as you hold this key down. This is very useful for quick color changes.
The following options can be used · if LMB/RMB click done on the picture, update the foreground/background color, · if mouse wheel is used, cycle the foreground color across the palette colors, · double click enters color editor · if ALT Gr is hold then replace color with LMB/RMB click · Holding Shift selects/unselects the color in the floating palette editor (selection mode). · Holding CTRL + Alt then alpha is picked up if any.

Fix Background

This function simply takes the current image and uses it as background. If you now draw something on this image with the foreground color it can be removed again by using the background color. Instead of drawing with the background color the image is restored.

Mask

Switches the drawing mask on or off. There are two types of masking. You can either select single pixels to be protected by a mask or you can select colors that are protected. Color masks are called "stencil". You can define which colors to be protected in the stencil tab of the floating palette editor. If you want to create a pixel mask then you can use the paint mode selection from menu Mode. With this you can draw on the canvas with normal paint tools and brush shapes to define the pixel mask.
Use the "E" key to have a temporary mask selection mode without the need to switch to the selection paint mode.

Crop

With this tool you can select an area to reduce the image size to. After selection use any mouse button to crop or ESC to cancel.

Undo / Redo

All image modifying operations can be made undone. That means you can for example draw three lines and by pressing undo you can remove these lines step by step and with redo you can redraw them again.

Related topics

AnimBrush Settings
Animated brushes and AnimPainting
Create Text
Dot spacing settings for lines
Lock grid settings
Magic wand settings
Menu Frame
Onscreen palette
Single Dot Spacing
Spray Can Settings