Point the cursor onto “Type of drawing” menu or press E-key to see 15 drawing modes available. The first five modes (marked with yellow rectangle) are Pen Modes and are used with graphic tablets. Most of them are self-explanatory::
Change pen width and depth depending on pen pressure applied while drawing.
Change depth only. When drawing lines, width remains the same, however depth differs.
Alter pen radius, depth and opacity depending on pen pressure.
Droplet mode. Increasing pressure decreases radius and grows depth and opacity.
Same width and depth regardless of pen pressure applied.
The next three modes are drawing with dots, lines and curves:
Draw with separate dots. This mode allows drawing point by point. Spaces between dots depend on drawing speed.
Draw with lines. In this and the next mode, press ESC to start drawing a line from the beginning or CTRL+Z to return to previous point.
Draw with curves. The lines and splines drawing mode always uses crossing, as opposed to additive drawing. This continues until you switch from lines drawing mode into another one. The next mode is unique in it’s function and has no other sibling modes.
Stamp mode. In this mode stamp follows the mouse (pen) without
leaving traces. You can rotate the pen using “(“ and “)”keys or MOUSE WHEEL (under corresponding adjustments in the “Options” menu), change pen size and see how the stamp
is going to be applied onto object. We recommend using the Stamp mode with “Additive
drawing” option located in the depth channel menu disabled.
The concluding five modes are drawing by contours:
area. This mode works with almost every tool. You can paint, freeze, fill, or makeplanes with the rectangle.
Draw with contour of lines. Press to add points. Press on the initial point or double-click to finalize the contour. Press ESC to cancel the contour, BKSP to delete the last point. Double clicking will close the contour.
Draw with continuous contour. Press LMB to draw contour.
Draw with ellipse. Use an ellipse to define the drawn area.
Near the control poins you will see a small spline menu button. Press it and you'll be able to choose different options:
- Clear. Clear all control points.
- Detach from surface. This command detaches any control point that is being attached to a surface (a control point becomes attached if you add it while the cursor is over the surface).
- Add points. Use this command if you pressed ESC after adding control points and then you decided to continue. Press ESC to finish.
- Edit points. This is a default mode after you've finished with adding control points. Hover over a spline in the place where you want to add another control point (when you see red point press LMB to add it). Drag any control point with LMB. Use RMB over any control point to toggle vertex sharpness.
- Transform all. Transform the whole spline with the manipulator (rotate, move, scale vertically, horizontally, proportionally).
- B-Splines (highlighted). Use B-Splines by default. In this mode spline will be smoother and will not path through the control points. Use it with vertex sharpness to get various forms.
- Edit points table. Set numerical values of each control point. In this window you can also set the type of each control point: sharp (makes sharp corner at this point), B-spline (simple spline if unchecked).
- Scale. Set the scale factor and press "OK" button or ENTER.
- Rotate. Set the angle of rotation and press "OK" button or ENTER.
- Flip horizontally. Flip the whole spline horizontally.
- Flip vertically. Flip the whole spline vertically.
- Save... Save spline to a file.
- Load... Load previously saved spline from a file.
There is one final draw mode, it is unique in it’s function.
Paint over source polygons. This mode allows you to fill in whole, single polygons. You can use it to achieve various effects:
A few more settings for the E-Panel:
Border width. This slider is responsible for border width when drawing with rectangle, ellipse or contour.
Ignore backfaces. This is a switch that toggles between drawing on the back side of surface polygons and not. This option is available only when drawing with rectangle, ellipse or contour.