Chasys Draw IES Help:

 User Interface : Toolbox

The Toolbox Window

This is where you select the painting tool you intend to use. A close look will reveal that tools that are related are placed together. To select a tool, just click on the appropriate toolbox button. Experimentation is key to learning how to use Chasys Draw IES Artist, so try using all the available tools to see what they do.

Some tools have styles, and will show you a pop-up with style options when you select them. You can skip the pop-up by right-clivking the tool, in which case the default (or last used) style will be applied. There's an option to invert this logic too.

If your mouse has three buttons instead of two, do the following: choose three or more tools, one after the other, noting which tools you have chosen. Move the mouse over the picture (don't click any mouse button yet). Now press the middle mouse button while looking at the cursor. What happens? Press it again. What happens? The middle button, as you have seen, alternates between the current tool and the most recently used tool. This function is also available via the Tab key.

The toolbox supports Quick-Select, which allows you to select tools by pressing just one key on the keyboard. The key associated with a tool is displayed to the upper left of the tool icon, and can be configured to the user's preference. More on this later.

After choosing a tool, you may want to change some of its settings, e.g. the width of the brush, or the amount of “roughening”. To do this, you use the four parameters provided at the bottom of the toolbox, namely the width, level, alpha#1 and alpha#2.

  width: The tool's tip width
  level: The tool's intensity (default: 20)
  alpha#1: For transparency in tint (default: 0/255)
  alpha#2: For transparency in tint (default: 255/255)

The parameters can be set in several ways, including clicking and scrolling the white area like a slider, clicking the up and down spin buttons, or right-clicking the control to bring up an input dialog box. You can set these parameters at any time, the new settings take effect immediately. A parameter may be faded or greyed out if the current tool does not need it.

When running in single window mode, the toolbar will be docked on the left side of the main window.

For some tools, the toolbox displays extra options at the bottom as outlined below:

Options Description

Brush-tip Mode:

The options presented here, as suggested by the name, control the shape of the “brush-tip” of the selected tool. This option is applicable to brush-like tools such as Brush, Eraser, Cloning Brush, Pattern Brush, etc.


Anti-alising Mode:

The options presented here, as suggested by the name, control whether or not the current tool with apply anti-aliasing to the edges of what it draws. This option is applicable to geometrical tools such as Line, Curve, Block, Shape, etc.


Display Options:

The options presented here, as suggested by the name, control how the output of current tool is displayed. This option is applicable to transformation tools such as Projection.


Restrict Modes:

The options presented here, as suggested by the name, dictate the restrictions applied to the controls of current tool. These options are applicable to framing tools such as Crop and Resize, and composition tools such as Hand. The last two restrict modes have shortcut keys: X for “X-only”, Y for “Y-only” and Z for “locking”.



Quick-Select and Tool Toggle

When quick-select (tool shortcuts) is enabled, a letter is displayed at the top left corner of the icons of some tools. Pressing the indicated letter on the keyboard while drawing switches to that tool; e.g. pressing the 'H' key to enable the Hand tool when using the default mappings. You can customize the mappings of quick-select from the Configure / Shortcut Keys menu:

Clicking the middle mouse button (or pressing the click-wheel) toggles the current tool with the most recently used tool; pressing it again reverses the change. This can also be accomplished by pressing the Tab key on the keyboard.

You may have noticed that some letters (X, Y and A) are displayed using a different color. This is to remind you that these keys are also used as shortcuts for the restriction modes; when these modes are displayed, they’ll take precedence over quick-select.


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