Brush Tool Properties (Vector)

When you're drawing on a vector layer and select the Brush tool, its properties and options appear in the Tool Properties view.

If you are working with bitmap layers, see Brush Tool Properties (Bitmap)

NOTE: To learn how to use the Brush tool, see About the Brush Tool.

Brush Tool Properties

Icon Tool Name Description
  Previewing the Stroke

The Preview area lets you see a preview of the selected or customized stroke. You can click on the Show Extended Properties arrow to display advanced customization parameters.

Preview Stroke

  Maximum Size

Defines the maximum size of your drawing tool. This parameter defines the width of the stroke.

  Smoothing

Defines the number of control points added to the centre line. The fewer the control points the smoother (but less faithful) the line.

  Brush Presets

Presets are created by saving the properties of the current tool to a new preset, which you can reuse for repeated tasks. You can create as many presets as you need.

New Pen Template New Brush

Allows to create a new preset.

New Pen Template New Dynamic Brush

Allows you to create a new dynamic brush to clone custom patterns.

New Pen Template Delete Brush

Allows you to delete your custom presets.

  Rename Brush

Allows you to rename a custom preset.

  Import Brushes

Allows you to import a set of XML Storyboard Pro presets previously exported via the Export Brushes command.

  Export Brushes

Allows you to export Storyboard Pro presets to backup or import on a different computer.

  Small Thumbnail, Large Thumbnail, and Stroke View

Allows you to display the presets as small square thumbnails, large square thumbnails or a list of stroke preview.

Draw Behind

When drawing on vector layers, the Draw Behind mode lets you paint behind existing art. By default, strokes appear over your work until you release the tool. If you want a live preview of your stroke, activate the Realistic Preview option by selecting View > Realistic Preview.

Repaint Brush

The Repaint Brush is used to repaint zones that have already been painted, it will not affect empty zones or pencil lines. You can use this mode to paint tones or highlights onto your character.

Automatically Create Colour Art

As you draw in the Line Art layer, the Automatically Create Colour Art option instantly creates the corresponding strokes in the Colour Art layer.

Auto-Flatten Mode

When enabled, the Auto-Flatten mode automatically flattens the new lines created with the existing artwork as you draw in the Drawing or Camera view. Brush strokes will flatten with brush strokes and pencil lines will flatten with pencil lines.

Respect Protected Colour

The Respect Protected Colour option prevent the colours you marked as protected, in the Colour view, to be repainted using the Repaint Brush mode or any of the painting tools.

Use Stored Colour Gradient

The Use Stored Colour Gradient option makes your tool use the previously stored gradient position. This way, every new brush line or colour fill will use the stored gradient position.

Size and Smoothness Tab

You can access advanced properties by clicking on the Previewing the Stoke button in the Tool Properties view.

Tool Name Description
Maximum Size Defines the maximum size of your drawing tool. This parameter defines the width of the stroke.
Minimum Size

Defines the minimum size of your stroke as a percentage of the maximum size. If you do not have pressure sensitivity from a pen table, the minimum size value will be ignored.

Smoothing Defines the number of control points added to the centre line. The fewer the control points the smoother (but less faithful) the line.
Contour Smoothing Defines the number of points on the contour share of your stroke. This will smooth out the bumps and waves on tour contour shape of your brush strokes.
Tip Shape

Lets you select a tip shape—from round and square ones to star shaped. This option is disabled when using a textured brush.

Paper Texture Tab

You can create texture brushes to draw on vector layers. Enable the Paper Texture option to access the options.

Parameter Description
Hardness

The hardness value corresponds to the softness of the line edge. The lower the value, the softer the line edge will be. The higher the value, the sharper the line edge will be.

Maximum Opacity

This value corresponds to the transparency of the stroke when the pressure is heavy.

Minimum Opacity

This value corresponds to the transparency of the stroke when the pressure is light and is a percentage of the Maximum Opacity value.