The Properties bar contains the Brush icon as well as other options for painting and image editing. The Opacity slider lets you adjust opacity for painting. The Mode menu lets you choose painting modes to control color application and target tonal ranges. Open the Brushes palette to select preset brushes and create new brushes.
The Brushes palette contains the same painting options as the Properties bar; e.g., the Opacity slider, painting modes, etc.
The Brush icon appears in the Properties bar when one of the following Painting tools is selected: Eraser, Paintbrush, Marker, Airbrush, Neon, Rubber Stamp, Smudge, Blur, Sharpen, Dodge, Burn, Sponge.
You must select a Painting tool, such as the Paintbrush or Pencil tool, so the Brush icon is active in the Properties bar. You can edit any brush shape. For brush shapes created from selections, you can change only the spacing.
You do not have to add the brush to the Brushes palette to be able to use it; however, if you plan on using a brush more than once, we recommend that you add it to the palette.
While painting, use the context menu to change brushes and select painting options. (See To Access the Context Menu.)
Use the Brushes palette menu to create new brushes, save brushes in files, modify existing brushes, and delete brushes.
You can add custom brushes to the list of preset brushes in the palette. When you exit Canvas X Draw, it stores the brush presets. The same set of brushes are available whether you work with new documents, documents you created, or documents created by another Canvas X Draw user.
Create brush shapes by specifying diameter, hardness, spacing, roundness, and angle. These same options are available in the Brush Options dialog box.
Enter the diameter in pixels of the new brush.
Enter a percentage to tell Canvas X Draw how much of the brush shape is solid.
This percentage sets the amount of brush overlap when you drag a painting tool. Turn off Spacing to make the brush velocity-sensitive, so it skips pixels when dragged fast.
Enter 1 to 100. To create a circle, enter 100.
Enter a number to rotate the brush shape.
Drag to change Roundness.
Drag to change the Angle.
Preview of the brush shape.
You can make a new brush shape from a selection in an image. This lets you create non-elliptical brush shapes.
You can permanently remove brush shapes from the Brushes palette. If you think you might want to use the brush shape again, you should first store it in a brushes file so at a later time you can load it back into the palette.
You can save brushes in a file. Saving brushes to disk lets you customize the Brushes palette for particular projects or exchange brushes with other Canvas X Draw users. The file format that Canvas X Draw uses to save brushes on disk is also compatible with the file format used by the Photoshop image-editing program for saving brushes.
When you load brushes, you can replace the current set of brushes with the file or append the brushes to the current palette.