This guide is designed to provide you with an introduction to the Pixlr paint tool and what could be achieved.
The paint tool is very similar to the pencil tool in that you are able to express your creative flair and ideas quickly with few limitations.
The Pixlr paint tool is easily accessible, but it is less easy to use. While marginally more user friendly than the pencil tool, there is no question that the paint tool is not as simple as it first may seem.
Most people will need some time and practice to get used to the tool; do not get frustrated or disappointed by the lack of immediate results, it is a bit challenging to use.
This is a basic example of what each type of paint brush looks like on the canvas:
As you can see, there are a multitude of options available. Each example displayed within the canvas has a diameter size of 70px. As you can see there is still a noticeable difference in size.
Below you will see the paint tool options enlarged. Here you can select the appropriate style and size. If none of the brushes fulfill your requirements, you have the option to either adapt a brush that is currently available by selecting a brush, followed by the ‘MORE..’ option. Alternatively, the more advanced or creative user can create a new brush tailored to their design and size requirements. You can do this by selecting the Create Brush option.
On the right you can see what each brush looks like, both singularly and when used to draw a line.
Each brush style is quite different and produces a unique line style when you drag the tool. You can vary the spacing to give a more or less solid line as required.
Just below the main toolbar is a second tool specific bar which allows you to customise your brush further.
Those additional options include:
- Opacity: lowering opacity will give a more transparent brush. An opacity of 100 will be fully opaque, and an opacity of 10 will be barely visible.
- Hard Tip: by selecting the hard tip your brush will become more defined; the standard brush is more fluid and smooth.
- Scatter: this option will alter how your paintbrush draws dramatically. It will give a sporadic distribution of brush strokes (more so if you increase the spacing).
- Diffuse: this gives a spray paint effect, which may be useful for some designs.