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Image Editing

Editing ToolsEditing can be done in either a Standard or an Expanded image. On the right is the JacqCAD MASTER® tool palette, and these editing tools will be familiar to anyone who has used other Macintosh graphics applications. The functionality of these tools has been enhanced with the specific needs of textile designers in mind.

  • Selection Tools

    Oval and Rectangle tools can create a selection area from the corner or outwards from the center of the tool stroke; holding the Shift key constrains the shape to be an "as woven" square or circle. It is possible to specify the exact size and location of a selection in ends and picks.
    The polygon tool and the lasso tool allow the user to create selections of any shape.
    The wand tools allow the user to make selections based on colors in the image.
    Once an area has been selected, pressing the control key will allow the user to add to the selection while pressing the option key will allow the user to subtract from the selection. Users can easily create complex selections with precision.

  • Measurement Tool

    Measures distances and angles. Pixel rulers can be displayed along the left and bottom edges of the image.

  • Navigation Tools

    Hand tool lets the user scroll the image on the screen. The Magnifying Glass lets the user zoom in and out.

  • Drawing and Painting Tools

    Eraser - paints with the background color.

    Pencil - paints pixel by pixel; a "Fat Pencil" option ensures a line which can be Wand selected (or block a Fill) .

    Airbrush - customizable. Double clicking the airbrush tool brings up a dialog box to allow the user to create the settings for the airbrush tool. The user can specify the width and heighth of the airbrush and the droplet size. A fixed flow rate can be specified,or for users who have pressure sensitive drawing tablets, a pressure flow rate can be specified. The airbrush can be aligned to a grid, and it is possible to paint with a solid color, a brush pattern, a specified mix of the foreground and background colors, or with a gradient.

    Paint Brush - also customizable.

    • Brush Shapes:
    • Screen - 16x16
    • Oval - user specifies width and height up to 64 x 64
    • Rectangle - user specifies width and height up to 64 x 64
    • Custom - user specified shape, up to 64 x 64
    • Stamp brush size is unlimited

    • Brush Types:
    • Solid Color
    • 8 x 8 pattern - The user can select from the 256 8 x 8 patterns that JacqCAD MASTER®   contains.
    • Tiled - based on a rectangular selection in the image. Can be used to easily create repeat designs or complex borders.
    • Weave - The user can select a weave from a weave library or a customized weave.
    • Stamp - based on a selection in the image
    • Substitution - The user can change a color, or group of colors, to another color while painting an area.
    • Selection - The user can create a selection by painting an area in the image.

    The 6 larger blocks of color under the foreground and background colors represent 6 easily accessible brushes that can be customized by double clicking. If the paint brush is in use, the user can change from one paint brush to another by simply clicking in the tool palette.

    Text Tool - The user can select the font, point size, and line spacing of the text, as well as choose a style of bold, italic, outline, underline, or shadow, and a text alignment of left, right or center.

    Paint Bucket - The user can fill an area with a solid color or a pattern.

    Eyedropper - The user can select a color from the image or from the color swatches in the tool palette.

    Line tool - draws straight lines; thickness is set by user.

  • Color Swatches

    This area of the tool palette displays 14 colors from the color palette of the image. This allows designers quick access to colors needed for editing. By pressing the command key and clicking on a color chip, the user can replace that color with another color in the palette. Under the color swatches, the foreground and background colors are displayed in the tool palette. Clicking on the asterisks above and below the foreground and background colors will cause those colors to flash in the image, so they can be located easily.

  • Keyboard Equivalents

    In the upper left corner above each tool is the keyboard equivalent for that tool. By pressing a single key, the user can quickly and easily change tools while editing.


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