[Gimp-developer] Hardness Control on Pencil Tool - Optimization range and their reasons.

I have tested the hardness on pencil tool and actually is not usable as classic hardness...The hardness on 
pencil has the capability to expand the stain... and this is could be useful to emulate some bristle effects.

To use in this way is necessary to use the range of hardness >= 80. In fact, in this range is possible to use 
to modify the shapes of traditional bristle concept to open or close more or minus the points of bristles.

Now, the full range is really not usable in comfortable way, and mainly, for nobody raster brush.
To control this in better way is necessary change the range... what is now [80, 100] should become [0, 100].

To see the figures related on this thread see the bug report:

Pencil tool context usages
Pixel-art and drawing/painting with precision
The pencil tool is considered commonly to *Pixel-art* and *drawing*, precision work and such, but can be used 
also to *painting*... as  is also possible paint with Clone Tool as I have already demonstrated... or rather 
I don't see a convincing reason why for which the Pencil Tool cannot be used to paint.

On Pixel-art, we use hardness = 100 and the raster brushes are adequately thought for the pixel-art (and for 
this scope the brush raster are no affected by the hardness), see the *Figure 1* 
[https://bugzilla.gnome.org/attachment.cgi?id=354880]. Also to eventual Color brushes to *pixel-art*, after my 
tests, them are usable only above hardness>75, below this value we have strange effects and blur not usable 
to this specific works, see *Figure 2* [https://bugzilla.gnome.org/attachment.cgi?id=354881].
So for the cases, specifically for the *Pixel-art*, the hardness used is equal 100 (but I supposed because I 
am not an specialist). To drawing and/or to give precision or details is the same thing, the brush pixel must 
be hard and don't have blur effects.

Already in June 2016 I have wrote a email to gimp-developers mailing list with an idea to cut this feature of 
the Pencil Tool... the thread was a long discussion, but in my opinion not focused on my request... well 
explained by Elle Stone in her comment here: 

Problems with hardness range
To exemplify my idea of usage, I have selected two raster brushes of official and current brush set, the 
Bristles 01 and Bristles 03 (Media Set).
The hardness effect on the shape transform it in big black block, quickly, and this don't have any practical 
usage to pixel art, but to painting is possible to think some usage as I am proposing here. The current range 
is demonstrated on *Figure 3* [https://bugzilla.gnome.org/attachment.cgi?id=354882] and *Figure 4* 

If the range [0, 100] would be equivalent of current [80, 100] is more easy control the variations and 
increase the usage possibilities with many kind of stains. So, in this case is possible to imagine some 
creative usage for the hardness on Pencil Tool and mainly to digital painting to emulate some characteristics 
of bristle brushes, mainly (at moment was what I have able to imagine).

Consistency versus Usability
Is clear that to paintbrush, airbrush, eraser and others the current range of the hardness has a sense and an 
evident usage... but for the  Pencil the case is completely different... we cannot based on the consistency 
of the other painttools to uphold the same range on Pencil Tool.

Is better think in terms of usability or which is the sense to use a tool with difficult and a short range of 
Is clear that is possible to use as is the current status... but with difficult and not in comfortable way.
Also to control it via dynamics has basically the same problems of control it, because the curve must be 
placed in top and with short range of sensibility, see *Figure 5* 

Final considerations
If is not possible adequate the hardness range of Pencil Tool, for something reasons, I suggest to cut off 
this feature off Pencil tool and consider basically what is document on official GIMP manual about this 
painttool [https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=767916]. If the choice would be this, I think that is 
more interesting clean completely the sliders of 'hardness' and 'force' of the Tool Options dialog.

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