Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video The painting tools, part of Learning Pixelmator (2014).
If you enjoy painting or drawing, Pixelmator offers a wide range of tools. I'll make a new document here. And I'll choose the 4 by 6 preset, and click OK. Since this is black here, with that selected, I could press Cmd+I, to invert it, giving me a white page. The painting tools include things like a brush. You'll note the color up here and clicking, you could see the brushes panel. This makes it easy for you to paint and draw. Remember, you can adjust the hardness of a brush, to get a cleaner edge. Going extremely precise, in fact.
You also have several other advanced options like Spacing, and Scatter. And what those can do as you paint is add a bit of randomness to the stroke. You'll also find presets built in here, and this is a good illustration of using a leaf as a brush, and then adding some scatter and variety here to the hue and the saturation. Let's just increase the hue variety and saturation. I'll select all for a second and choose Edit > Fill, and we'll just fill with white. And now as I paint, you see those leaves.
I'll undo. Besides the brush, there are other tools. The Pencil tool makes it easy to draw lines that aren't influenced by the brush's palette. If you don't see the Pencil tool, choose Preferences and go to the Tools category and then choose Painting. You'll see there that there's a Pencil, and a Pixel tool. You may want to drag those, and place them above the brush. There we go. Now, with the Pencil tool, I can draw. And you see it makes a hard edge, even if you've selected a soft brush. The Pencil tool is always a hard edge.
On the other hand, the Pixel tool, draws a square shape. If we zoom in here, you can see that, that’s one pixel. Pressing the right bracket key. You could increase the size of the brush. And that holds true for all drawing tools. The Paint Brush, the Pencil, and the Pixel tool. And now I'm painting with a square shaped brush. With a right click, you can also adjust the diameter, and you'll see an interactive preview of that size. Remember, that's true for all these tools.
So, if I switch to the paintbrush and I right click, I could see the diameter. If I'm using a simple type brush, like a round one here. You'll notice that when I right-click, not only can I adjust the diameter but also the hardness setting for the brush. This makes is really quick to switch sizes without having to open up the Brushes palette. want to change hardness? Just drag right there, and you can go to a very soft brush. Or one that's very crisp. And you see all of that flexibility. Now besides these tools the paint bucket tool is a quick way to fill in large areas when you click.
It looks for existing edges. You may also want to fill everything in by choosing Edit > Fill, and this allows you to work with colors and blending modes. For example, let's fill this page with brown. If you want to create a gentler blend of colors, the Gradient tool does just that. And as you drag, you see it creates transitions. Now, there's a whole gradient editor here, including some useful presets. And we're going to explore gradients in greater depth later. But as you work with gradients, these offer a lot of flexibility.
To really precisely control them, I recommend you click Show Gradients to open up the gradient palette. Now you could see the blend between the two colors influence where that split occurs or even add new colors, for example, I can go to red here in the middle and then refine where the split occurs. Now as I drag, you see it goes from a yellow to a red to an orange, just like it is in the Gradient Editor. These gradients that you create can be easily saved and added to your presets list, or you can quickly switch between them.
Remember, gradients can be linear or radial. Let's do a little higher contrast there. There's linear, radial, or an angle, which goes around in a counter clockwise way, from one color to the other.
- Working with files
- Making targeted adjustments with selections
- Cropping and masking
- Designing with layers
- Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
- Retouching an image
- Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
- Outputting specific files and creating graphics for other applications