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The paintbrush tool can work in two ways: with Color
or with Textures.

Color

The Color selector automatically stores the last colors used. To select a specific color, first select the basic gradient (reds, greens, etc.) from the Rainbow Column, and then click on the left Gradient Box to finetune saturation and luminosity of the color.

If you want to load a color you used previously, just click on it in the Color Palette on the right.

Texture

The Textures selector allows you to choose a folder of textures on your computer and to load a single texture file. Textures are just picture files or photographs of any format supported by CodedColor.

If you load a photograph or texture, it may be useful to change the scale of the image with the spin buttons below the texture preview.

Painting with transparency

In the following examples, we are painting with a red color on a green background. Feather is 100 and Blend Mode is "Normal" in all examples.

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Paint techniques and settings:
 
1.One short brush stroke (= one mouse click)  
2.Several circular strokes of the brush while keeping the mouse button down. Notice that the feather effect reduces with every stroke.  
 
3.In the color selector dialog, increase the transparency (vertical slider) to 80%. Then analog to 1.  
4.With above transparency, analog to 2. Notice the pink border, due to the circumstance, that the feather also reduces the transparency effect at the rims of the brush.  
 
5.In the color selector dialog, increase the transparency (vertical slider) to 100%. Then analog to 1.  
6.With full transparency, analog to 2. Now there is no disturbing border.  
 
7.Set Opacity to 50, then analog to 2.  
8.Activate Paint Over, then analog to 2. The color intensity (in this case a transparent color) increases with every mouse movement.  

icon_tipMore Information
 
·There are many places on the internet where you can download textures for free. You can also use the Google image search to find icons, symbols and pictures. That way, you could add a flying bird to an otherwise neutral sky, or insert a large moon into a night photograph.  
 
·See the General Settings topic for brush options and Blend Modes.  
 
·Before/After Tutorials  
 
·Defining a transparent color  
 
·Removing transparency  
 
·Removing a color (wash out)  





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