ibisPaint

Lecture

07. Let’s Trace

First, open the layer window and check that the layer that you want to draw on is set as the Current Layer. Open the layer window and check that Layer 2 (it has a light blue background) is selected. If it is not selected, tap (1) Layer 2 to change it to the current layer. Next, tap (2) to close the layer window.

In the (1) Tool Selection Window select the (2) Brush Tool.

Next, open the (1) Brush Property Window and tap (2) Dip Pen (Hard). You can select Dip Pen, Pen, Airbrush, Round Brush, and Flat Brush, etc, in the brush property window. There are four spaces with circles in them. These are spaces for saving pen parameters but you can change the parameters whichever space you select.
In the above screenshot there are two sliders, (3) is the Brush Size and (4) is the Opacity. With the Dip Pen, even more detailed settings are possible. Tap (5) Toggle Pane Button (pane means division, or section).

From the top, the parameters are (1) Size of press, (2) Size of release, (3) Opacity of endpoint. Play with the slider to get a feeling for what they do. Next, tap the (4) Pane Toggle button again to return to the previous pane and set the brush size to 3.4px. Now, close the Brush Property Window.

Now, let’s trace over the sketch with the Dip Pen. When doing this,

  • (1) Draw with the pen (stroke) with a one-fingered swipe.
  • (2) Use two fingers (pinch) to zoom in and out of the canvas.
  • (3) Use a two-fingered drag to move around the canvas.

Zoom in to draw finely detailed parts. Swiping slowly results in wobbly lines, so work at a steady speed for clean lines. Moving your finger slowly with the Dip Pen results in fine start and end points to the line. If you want even lines move your finger confidently and at a steady speed.

It is possible to change the size and opacity by opening the Brush Property Window but you can also use the Quickslider as a shortcut. (1) is the Size Slider and (2) is the Opacity Slider.