The Brush Settings Docker
Previously found in the
Tools Settings Roll Up, Brush Settings are now displayed
their own Docker (Figure 5).
Settings are divided
into sections which expand vertically like Macintosh folders, depending
on the setting of the small arrow on the right of each section.
Values are set using new drop down horizontal sliders.
The new interactive
nib shape controls are great and can set rotation, size, width and
soft edge easily. This docker will appear empty until the brush
tool is selected.
Many of the settings
in this docker were previously contained in the Tool settings Roll
- The paint mode selector
(1) includes several new modes.
- The nib adjustment
region (2) provides for almost
total control of the nib settings.
- The base nib can be
selected and then made narrower (3),
soft-edged (4) or rotated
(5) using the interactive
control handles and slider.
- Brush, nib and stroke
properties settings areas can be opened (or closed) using the
- Values (7)
are adjusted by clicking on the value which then opens a pop up
slider bar (not shown).
- Additional icons
(8) allow for loading textures
etc., or switching features on of off.
- The Pen Settings
area and switches (9) allow
the keyboard arrow keys and the mouse to be used as a pressure
sensitive pen and for the second pen button to be set to a particular
There is no facility
on the Brush Settings Docker for the loading and saving of presets.
Presets must now be selected either from the Artistic Media Docker
(see next) or from the Brush Tool Property Bar. The shipping
version of PP9 omitted many of the presets found in version 8 but
the release of Service Pack 1 for Draw 9 suite (see the END
section of this review) restored most of these and added some new
Initially I found the
new horizontal slider controls quite difficult to use as they require
two mouse clicks to activate. After some perseverance and practice
however they became much more acceptable to use.
The Brush Tools Property
Bar is now stuffed full of goodies including Nib create,save and
load facilities, the Stroke Path/Mask feature and Brush and Nib