Chapter 6: How to Paint

To paint drawings and select colours, you will use the Colour view. There is an active colour swatch at the top, that indicates the current colour. You can modify the colour and opacity using the sliders beneath. If you are going to frequently use a colour, then you can save this colour for reuse by creating a colour swatch out of it.

Like other views, you can dock and undock the Colour view. When you first open the Colour view in the Panel view, it is docked. You can undock it so that it becomes its own window which you can move around freely.

Views contain specific groupings of tools that are displayed in the Panel view or as windows that you can position anywhere on your screen. However, you can undock a view that is displayed in the Panel view. When you do this, it becomes a window.To add a view, do one of the following:Select Windows > desired view.In a Panel view, click the View Menu button and select a view from the menu.To dock a window in the Panel view: Drag the window’s tab onto the Panel view and dropping it in the tab area.The view is added to the Panel view.To undock a view:In the Panel view, drag a view by the tab, moving away from the Panel view. The view turns into a window.

Learn how to paint your vector drawings by following these instructions.

To paint a drawing:

  1. In the Tools toolbar, select the Paint tool, press [Alt] +[I] or select Tools > Paint.
  1. In the Panel view, select the Tool Properties: Colour tab. If you have separated the Tool Properties and Colour view, select the Colour tab—see Managing the Views.

  1. In the Colour view, select a colour from the palette.
  1. In the Stage view, start painting on your drawing by clicking the area to be painted. Note that the area to be painted must be closed.

NOTE: The Paint tool only paints vector drawings. To colour bitmap drawings, use the Draw Behind mode—see Draw Behind Draw Behind.