Re: [Gimp-developer] Pencil - Tool Options and Hardness

On Thursday 23 June 2016 08:43:55 C R wrote:
To recap:

1. I think the pencil tool should be renamed "Pixel Tool" if it's to stay
in the Tool box.
  A. Jaggies don't make for realistic simulated pencil marks
  B. There are better pencil-simulation tools in the Brush palate

I am not sure that renaming a tool that old would be a good idea. People know 
what to look for, and at the end of the day it's just a name. No one expects 
it to be a realistic pencil. At least no one accustomed to the tool (see 
Product Vision for the intended target audience).

2. I think Brush settings should be brush specific instead of tool
specific, and the brush should remember the modifications made to it
instead of the tool storing that information.
Reason: I can't think of a situation where you would want to use the
current Pencil tool, and Brush tool in tandem. If we're keeping it in the
Tool Box just to remember values between brushes, I'm not sure who it's
benefiting. :)

I am using the two in parallel all the time when drawing masks. The brush for 
the edges and the pencil to fill in the bulk. Reason: I want to be sure that 
anti aliasing doesn't leave half transparent areas. So I have my left hand on 
the keyboard to hit 'x', 'n' and 'b' and the right hand on mouse/stylus.

3. The Pencil Tool could be gotten rid of entirely if #2 is done, and an
anti-aliasing checkbox is added to the brush options.

As Simon already mentioned, there are two levels of anti 
aliasing/blurring/thresholding/whatever we want to call it. Would that switch 
turn off both?



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