3.2. Painting Tools (Pencil, Paintbrush, Airbrush)
Figure 13.45. Painting example
The tools in this group are GIMP's basic painting tools, and they have
enough features in common to be worth discussing together in this section.
Features common to all brush tools are described in the
section. Features specific to an individual tool are described in the
section devoted to that tool.
The Pencil is the crudest of the tools in this group: it makes hard,
non-anti-aliased brushstrokes. The Paintbrush is intermediate: it is
probably the most commonly used of the group. The Airbrush is the most
flexible and controllable. This flexibility also makes it a bit more
difficult to use than the Paintbrush, however.
All of these tools share the same brushes, and the same options for
choosing colors, either from the basic palette or from a gradient. All are
capable of painting in a wide variety of modes.
Holding down the Ctrl key changes each of these
tools to a Color
Picker: clicking on any pixel of any layer sets the
foreground color (as displayed in the Toolbox Color Area) to the
color of the pixel.