3.7. Ink Tool

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.

Activate Tool

  • The Ink Tool can be called in the following order, from the image-menu: Tools/ Paint Tools/Ink .

  • The Tool can also be called by clicking the tool icon:

Key modifiers (Defaults)

Shortcut

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

Options

[Note] Note

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

Overview

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

Opacity

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.

Mode

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

Adjustment
Size

Controls the apparent width of the pen's nib.

Angle

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

Sensitivity
Size

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.

Tilt

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.

Speed

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
Type

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

Shape

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.