Painting with Brushes
In VectorStyler there are two tools that can be used to directly paint with vector brushes. The resulting object will have a path as the shape and a vector brush style as the outline. These shapes can be freely edited later using the node tool, and the brush style can be freely adjusted using the Brush Style panel.
To paint with a vector brush tool, it is recommended that first the Brush Style panel is opened and a brush shape is selected in the panel along with other brush options. The details of the Brush Style panel are documented in the Vector Brushes chapter.
The two brush tools are used to paint uniform and variable width brush strokes. The variable width brush tool (Pressure Brush tool) can be used with a pressure sensitive tablet. The reason for the existence of these two tools is to be able to paint uniform width brushes using the pressure sensitive tablet. By selecting one of the tools, the user chooses whether the pressure profile is added to the brush or not.
The Brush Tool
The Brush Tool is used to paint with uniform width vector brushes. The resulting object will contain a simple path consisting of a sequence of curves. The object outline is styled using the current vector brush attributes, including the width and brush style selected in the brush panel.
The path created with the brush tool can be edited at any time using the Node tool to change its shape. The brush attributes can be changed at any time after the object is created, by selecting new attributes or brush types from the brush panel.
The Pressure Brush Tool
The Pressure Brush tool is used to paint with variable width vector brushes. The variable width profile is determined by the amount of pressure applied by the stylus on the tablet. The pressure may be simulated using slow or fast mouse paint strokes. The resulting object will contain a path consisting of curve segments.
The shape of the resulting path can be edited freely using the Node tool. The brush width, brush type and the width profile can be modified at any time using the Brush Style panel. The Brush Style panel contains a profile field, listing the profile presets and styles, and a button to edit the variable width profile in a modal view. The brush width profile can also be edited interactively using the Width tool from the toolbox.
It is recommended that the width of the pressure brush is set before the painting starts. This can be done by double clicking on the pressure brush tool icon. This will open the Width Pain Brush options view, the details of the settings in this view are discussed in the previous section (Drawing Curves).