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.
You can call the Ink Tool in the following
order, from the image-menu:
You can also call this Tool by clicking on the tool icon:
Key modifiers (Defaults)
key will change the active tool to Ink Tool.
Ink Tool options
Brush Tools Overview
for a description of tool options that apply to many or all brush
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
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,
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.