General Settings

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All paint tools have common brush settings: Radius, Opacity and Feather are 3 parameters that can always be adjusted. Also, it's possible to choose a Custom Brush from any picture file on your filesystem.


Move the Radius slider to change the size of any brush.
Move the Opacity slider to change the intensity of the brush on the canvas.
Move the Feather slider to smoothen or intensify the borders of the brush.


If the Paint Over option is checked, the brush will act more like a real brush, i.e. with reduced Opacity, repeated paint strokes increase the color intensity. When unchecked, the brush will not paint on parts of the picture that were already painted. The effect becomes obvious when selecting an Opacity of ~50.


You can also choose the painting Step. The Step is the distance between two consecutive brush strokes. A large step is similar to lowering the Opacity, and is somewhat contrary to Paint Over. A large Step value is also useful in combination with a Feather, as the feather tends to disappear during slow painting movements.


Example: The following settings simulate a Spray Gun:


Paint Over on, Step 30
Opacity 60
Feather 100
Blend Mode Normal


Blend mode


Imagine there are 2 colors you want to mix: a background color and a foreground color. You can mix them in many different ways, for example you can average the amount of each color (Average blend mode). CodedColor provides you with many other blend modes to experiment with.


The Replace Hue blend mode replaces all colors under the brush with the current brush color, but preserves grayscale pixels and thus the underlying image texture. You can reduce the effect with the Opacity slider, but feathering is not available in this mode. A more flexible alternative is the Color Replacer Brush. The Red Eye Correction applies a similar algorithm.


Paint modes


The paint modes are usually 2 for every paint tool: Painting and Erasing.


The Erasing mode lets you correct mistakes by restoring the original picture using a brush. This eraser can only be used for the current tool changes. To undo changes completely, use the Eraser Brush dialog. It allows you to restore parts of the original image after several consecutive tool changes.


Some tools also have a Color Picker (pipette) mode to select a color inside the picture. See the Red Eye topic for a complete button overview.




When going into Zoom or Selection mode, the Brush Paint mode is disabled. You have to press the Brush button again, in order to resume painting.


When selecting parts of the image using the selection tools, all brushes and correction dialogs only apply to these selections. Selections can also have a feather, reducing the effect of the brush or correction close to the selection borders.


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