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3.9.  Ink Tool

Revision History
Revision $Revision: 1.41 $ 2006-02-09 j.h

Figure 8.31.  Toolbox Pen

Toolbox Pen

The Ink tool uses a simulation of an ink pen with a controllable nib to paint solid brush strokes with an antialiased edge. The size, shape and angle of the nib can be set to determine how the strokes will be rendered.

3.9.1.  Activate Tool

  • You can call the Ink Tool in the following order, from the image-menu: Tools/ Paint Tools/Ink .

  • You can also call this Tool by clicking on the tool icon:

3.9.2.  Key modifiers (Defaults)


The k key will change the active tool to Ink Tool.

3.9.3.  Options

Figure 8.32.  Ink Tool options

Ink Tool options
[Note] Note

See the Brush Tools Overview for a description of tool options that apply to many or all brush tools.


The available tool options can be accessed by double clicking the ink tool icon.


The Opacity slider sets the transparency level for the ink. A higher opacity setting results in a more opaque fill and a lower setting results in a more transparent fill.


The Mode dropdown list provides a selection of ink application modes. A list of these modes can be found in the glossary.


Controls the apparent width of the pen's nib with values that ranges from 0 (very thin) to 20 (very thick).


This controls the apparent angle of the pen's nib relative to horizontal.


This controls the size of the nib, from minimum to maximum. Note that a size of 0 does not result in a nib of size zero, but rather a nib of minimum size.


Controls the apparent tilt of the nib relative to horizontal. This control and the Angle control described above are interrelated. Experimentation is the best means of learning how to use them.


This controls the effective size of the nib as a function of drawing speed. That is, as with a physical pen, the faster you draw, the narrower the line.

Type and Shape

There are three nib shapes to choose from: circle, diamond, and square.


The geometry of the nib type can be adjusted by holding button 1 of the mouse on the small square at the center of the Shape icon and moving it around.

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