As you can see above (select images to get
bigger views) and how you can see in detail below (see
image 03) you select tool palette choices by clicking
on an icon in the radial dial interface, and then sliding
or tablet pen to a clock like array of sub-menu choices.
In the view below I have chose the Default Brushes tool icon
and then chose the Hard Eraser.
- SketchBook Pro Tool Palette
The company (Autodesk, formerly Alias) calls
this type of interface a Marking Menu™ interface because
it allows the user to use a "flick of the pen" like
gesture to select a tool. This method of selecting
tools becomes incredibly
the application for a couple of days. Pretty soon, you realize
the gesture-like nature of the tool feels first-hand.
Painting - The Heart of the Application
Painting is arguably the heart of the application.
And SketchBook Pro 2 has both pencils, paintbrushes, and
markers to use to draw, as well as an airbrush tool, pens
tip markers, and a chisel tip pen.
New in the application is the ability to interactively
scale a brush. By holding down the B key while you have a
brush selected, a circle appears indicating the "changed-to"
brush size. This arguably makes it quicker to move to minor
modifications in brush stroke size without having to change
brushes or establish custom brushes. (see
- Interactive Brush and Erasure Resize
new Brush Property palette (see image
05) provides further
options for specific brush settings such as flow, hardness,
slant and other modifiers -- depending on the brush type.
- Brush Properties Palette
To paint with different
colors you select the color wheel. Colors are handled differently
between the Mac OS X and Windows versions. This is due to
the underlying color picker technology in both operating
systems. Both versions allow you to choose from standard
color wheels, however only the Mac OS X version allows you
to develop a custom color palette as well.
- Establishing Custom Color Palette
Pro 2 takes advantage of built-in functionality in Mac OS
X to do this. By spotting a color on the color wheel in Mac
OS X you can then drag this color to one of the empty white
boxes at the bottom of the Colors palette.
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