The Brush Tools (Part 2)

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, we’re gonna be covering some of the final tools in our toolbox and mainly these deal with working on digital images or stock photos which I do not do hardly at all so I may be a little bit rusty in my explanation. So if you find that I may be a skimming over some important parts, well now you know why.

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Now another thing too I wanna get into real quick like is that I find that these are not all the tools. There’s actually a few more here that deal again with mostly digital imagery or stock photos and those are called Color Tools. Now what you can do is over here in my dialog box, you can click on this area and this is just one way you can get in there. There’s several other but go to Add Tab, come on down here to the bottom almost to the Tools, and click on that.

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This brings up every available tool that you have through disposal. Now most all these other ones we’ve got in our toolbox currently. You scroll on down here on the bottom and you’ll see all these here. That over on the left-hand side you not have the eyeball shown, these are all the Color Tools that are not in our toolbox. Now if you activate the eyeballs so that you can see them, look at it like that, then you see it pops up here in our toolbox. One reason why I wanna bring this up is that so in case you find yourself not using any of these or few of these tools on an ongoing basis, then you can clean them up. You don’t have to have them in your toolbox. You can always acquire them later on.  You know like these guys here, you can hardly ever use these. I do so I’m gonna have them in my toolbox but it just gives you that much more room in your toolbox. So again, you’re more than welcome to customize your toolbox and now you know a little bit more about how to do that. Now let’s say we’ve got an image here that you wanna show how this work real quick. And you just click on these guys and you see there’s hardly any options. Actually there’s no options. There’s one of these Color Tool items that have options of the six or seven that there are but what you do to activate these is you simply click on your image and there you have it. And if you screw something up, well you can always hit the Reset button.

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If you go too far on the Saturation, Lightness, Hue, you can always hit the Reset button and go back to where it was in the beginning. So that’s your Color Tools and how you can add and subtract tools in your toolbox. Just wanna bring that up. I have not done that yet. So far, I needed the prior videos. Now what we’re gonna be talking about here is the Clone Tool, the Healing Tool, the Perspective Clone Tool, the Blur and Sharpened Tool, the Smudge Tool, and the Burn and Dodge Tool. I guess I better rid these guys here because they are just in my way right now.  So goodbye to this. This side of there go back to my Color. Now then the Clone Tool, ideally what I find this is used for is to, let’s say for example, you’ve got a.. Well, let’s just open up a image real quick here. One that I’ve been working on here. This is our striped donkey. Some people call them a Zebra. So let’s say that I want a herd of Zebra in this image but I can only find one at the time I took the picture. So this is how you can do this. You can just clone this character, and here, and here, and here, then you can clone all three of those for over here and before you know it, you’ve got a whole bunch of Zebras where originally there’s just one. Of course, they are all gonna look exactly the same as this guy here so I won’t say nothing if you don’t. So let’s go ahead and jump right into this here and what we’re gonna do is click on this. We can see the options here. Now most of these guys have got similar options as we kinda click on there we’ll see.

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Now some of them will have the Modes grayed out. But the rest of them will not. And as far as the Mode, they all have basically the same, a bunch. So I’m not gonna jump in to any of these. You’re more than welcome to test them yourself. For the most part, we’ll leave Mode on normal. And the Dodge and Burn results are grayed out. So let’s go into the Clone here and I’m basically just gonna leave everything as default. The brush size or the scale is pretty decent size here and it can speed things up. If you’re working with finer items, maybe this blade of grass you want over here, well then you can always knock the scale back a little bit to where it becomes invisible. But if you got the picture blown up, using the magnifying tool, then it might be a little bit easier to work with those finer items. So let’s zoom this zebra back out. You can also go down here to 13%, a 100%, or however you wanna float it. But we’re gonna go back to the 25% so you can see more of the image for the sake of this video. Okay so back to our Cloning Tool and what we wanna do first off is hold your control button down. This is where you’re going to select your subject. The subject is what I’m going to copy over into the destination. So the subject is this zebra guy here and hold the control button down and click. Now we’ve got a subject point. Now then over here, just try moving back and forth. Undo this because I wanna make this guy a little bit bigger just for the sake of the video.

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Okay subject point still clicked and get the zebra in here fairly clicked like and the more you do of this, the better you’re gonna get at it. I’m sure you’ll find at times when you wanna do this. You’ve got that wedding photo that’s perfect except that you’re drunken uncle with a lamp shade on his head happens to be in it, well you can use something like this to get rid of the drunken uncle with the lamp shade over his head and just don’t tell him because he probably won’t remember it anyway. That’s one way that you can use the Cloning Tool and as far as the Healing Tool, let’s say that for example you’ve got a picture of your fiancé or whatever and it’s just a beautiful picture except for that one little smudge or you’d like to think it was a smudge on the tip of their nose and you wanna get rid of that smudge, well that’s where this Healing Tool will come into play. And since I don’t have a picture of your fiancé, what I can do is use the backside of this striped donkey. So let’s go ahead and zoom in here. I’ll use this guy down here and we’ll go to two hundred. Let’s go on over here.

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These are those blemishes I was talking about might be on your fiancé’s image that aside from that, it’s a beautiful image. So we wanna get rid of these blemishes. I mean, how tactful can I be? So let’s go over here to the Healing Brush and it’s somewhat similar in the Cloning Tool because you are taking a portion or a subject pixels are what you want to be in place of the destination pixels. So consider this black dots we want it to be white. So we hold the control button down on our keyboard and then left mouse click and then we want to just left mouse click on the blemishes and that will make them the same color as our destination. Now these are a little bit darker over here so let’s move our destination over here holding the control key down and then clicking on the left mouse button. The new destination a little bit darker whereas over here that’s not noticeable but that’s how you can use the Healing Tool is you’re basically replacing the bad pixels of your picture with the good pixels of that same picture, or even of a different picture. So hopefully you learned something with this and you’re gonna be able to apply this additional knowledge to your task in using the Gimp and the brush tools. Thank you much for watching and have a great day!

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The Move Tool

Hello and welcome to our video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, I’m gonna introduce you to the Move Tool and this is one of eight what they call Transform Tools. And the shortcut to get to this function is the letter M, as in “Mary”, on your keyboard or you can just click on the icon. It don’t have a whole lot of options in our dialog box here to choose from.

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We’ve got a few modes. One is Layer, which is one that I am familiar with and use. We’ve got another one called Selection and the other one is Path. And we can talk between these two items here — “Pick a layer or guide” or “Move the active layer” which is one that I’m most familiar with and the one that I use.  Now to better demonstrate this, let me go ahead and add a third layer here so we can show you just the basic behind moving and we do that by just clicking on this icon here, create a new layer, and we’re gonna name it yellow box if you will. And let’s make this a little bit smaller.

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Let’s just say 50 pixels by 50 pixels. And there we have it. And this came up yellow because that was our foreground color. Now with this being selected, that’s what’s gonna be moving. Now if we select the blue, which is this here and you notice if you remember that it looks kinda purple because we adjust the opacity here.

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That’s the blue layer and I’m not sure exactly where it was but this is the one that is selected and we have our Move tool over here and it’s going to move the selected layer. The Active Layer to time. Now if you do that by accident, just to let you know, hit your Control button and the letter Z in your keyboard and it puts it back right where it should be. So again, the active layer that is selected in our Layers dialog is what will be moved by using the Move tool. And this works pretty good. One of the functions that I use it mostly for is whenever I’m working on like an image, or a header, or an EBook cover. And I’ve got say some text that I just typed out and I want to center it or I want to bring it down to the bottom here because this is my copyright information. And we’ll get into that in a later point when we cover the Textbox but that’s just one function that we use the Move tool for. And that folks is the pretty quick introduction to the move tool, one of the first of the Transform tools we’re gonna be getting into in this series of videos. Hope you learned something. Thank you much for watching and have a great day!

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The Measure Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. In this video, we’re going to introduce you to the Measuring Tool in our toolbox. Quick shortcut to get to this tool in addition to just clicking on this icon will be to hold your shift key down while at the same time pressing the letter M, as in Mary, on your keyboard. And that will get here just as well.

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As you can see down in our dialog box, there’s not a whole lot of options. Actually, there’s only one option to choose from and that is to tick or untick the “use info window”. And if we go over here to our little heart image and if click and hold down my left mouse button I want to go ahead and measure up to where the angle starts.

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And that’s basically what this tool does is it measures distance between points and also provides you the angle or the degrees of angle. So between this point and this point, we’ve got a 110.9 pixels and the angle between the horizontal plane and the line that I drew is 62.05 degrees. Now this information in our status bar can also be shown in the “use info window”. For example, I’ll just go back a step here. Let me get rid of that and let’s go ahead and see what pops up in our “use info window” if we do the same thing. There’s the “use info window” and as you can see the same numbers that show up here also show up here in our info window. And just close this up. That’s pretty much it folks. That’s all there is to the measuring tool in the Gimp. I hope you learned a little something from this. Thank you again for watching and have a great day!

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The Paths Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now on this video, we’re going to be introducing you to the Paths Tool, otherwise known as the “Bezier Tool”.

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Now, whenever you click on this you can see down here under the paths tool dialog that there’s really not a whole lot of additional functions to this particular tool.That being said, this actually allows you to draw some pretty complex figures on your palette with a fair amount of control. Now basically, all we’ve got here is Design, which is the default. This is what pops-up. You’ve also got Edit, Move, and Polygonal.

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Now whenever you got this box ticked, this basically restricts your editing to just straight lines or polygons which really limits your great skills. I’m going to untick that, I’m going to open up a new palette here. That’s pretty good size. I’m going to put this palette between our two docks. Now I want to point out over here too. I’ve got three different dialogs on this docking station here. Again I had mentioned this in our prior video, I just wanted to show you what it looks like. Again it just basically helps unclutter your desktop although at the same time providing you with a lot more functionality on your Gimp software. So now, I’ve got the Bezier tool chosen and we’re in design, we’ve got the polygonal box unticked.

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Now when we click our palette, the first thing that pops up is an empty dot. And this is our active anchor. I want to go down here and put another dot and it connects the two with a straight line and this is now our active anchor. And put another one up here, again the active anchor changes.  And just introduce you to this polygonal box, we’ll tick this and I’m going to put my mouse or my pointer over on one of these lines hold my left mouse button down and go to move this line and all I get is a straight line. First is, if I untick this box the same thing I can get a lot ore functionality out of this image. Now these boxes here, these are called Handles. Again these adds a little bit more functionality to the image that you are manipulating or creating. Now if you hold your shift key down while doing so, it puts an additional box or handle on the opposite end. So again this gives you some additional functionality here. Kind of back up here just a little bit and again I’m going to put another box here, hold my control key down and that connects the lines here. Click on this that makes this the active anchor, click on this it makes that the active anchor, and so on.  As you can see over above my pointer right now up to the right of it is a plus sign. If I want to complete this lines or draw a line kind of force a line then hold my pointer or my mouse over this particular button here or dock, hold my control key down and that image to the right there of my pointer turns into an infinity sign or two circles intersecting. Then click on my mouse and it connects the dot so to speak. If we go ahead and make us a little heart image here if you will. It looks pretty close. Of course, I’m not any kind of an artist.

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We’ve got these two options down here we can choose from. Select from path, it gets our ants on marching and this is the part of this tool that is now made it somewhat of a selection tool if you will. Because by click on our brush you can see that we are only working inside of what has been selected. Control Z that and get back for our Bezier tool.  Let’s go on and clear up our palette and do this again. So I want to also show the Stroke Path as well. Now we’ll do the stroke path and this pops up. We can choose the stroke style and what the stroke does is instead of putting the marching ants in there it gives a solid line. Now we’ve got a couple of choices here. We can go of the solid color which is the foreground color that is here and we can change this by the way by having this dialog here. Let’s go with blue. You can see it changed it to blue. Or we can go with the pattern. I’ve got the patterns down here. Of course, we can change the patterns here as well.  But let’s go with the solid color. You can change the depth or the width of the line here or the solid color right here. We can go more if you want thicker or less, totally up to you. Of course, play around with this too. Well let’s go and then you click on stroke and then you have your solid color.

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Now if you want to make this selected, then you can right-click on your palette and you get this here same options as available. To get this toolbar, go to select from path and you get your marching ants going there. And then you bring up your brush and let’s go back to our red color here and finish our little Valentine’s Day heart. And there you have folks. That’s just a quick introduction to the Bezier tool and how you can do some pretty, neat, little drawing or image manipulation using your paths tool, otherwise known as Bezier tool. Hope you learned something, hope you’re able to put this to some use and some future image creations of your own and I want to thank you very much for watching this video. Have a great day!

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The Color and Fuzzy Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to be covering some additional items in our toolbox up here namely the fuzzy select tool and the color select tool.

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Now, the fuzzy select tool, a lot of different programs have called them “magic wand” mainly because it looks like a magic wand. But these two tools are similar in that they select based on the color. Now, the big difference between the two is that the fuzzy select, this selects based on the continual colors.  In other words, if you’ve got three or four red circles on your palette and those red circles are not touching one another, then it will only select those circles that you touch whereas with the color select tool, it will select all the circles of the same color. Let me kind of give you a demonstration here. Let me open up a little ice-cream cone here.

fuzzy and color select tool

Now over here where you make a selection, over here on the right side you can see a preview of the selection of the images. This is my cone here. I’m going to open that up. And let me kind of throw this out here as well. This red and we’re going to go here and here. Now these are the ice creams that have fallen off my ice cream cone. Yeah that’s it. Yeah that’s my story. Okay, so back to the magic wand. Now remember, this one covers the continuous. So we will then select this. You see it did not select these two of the same color. now, the threshold down here, if we were to increase this threshold let’s say this one here that is continuous that it had different variations  of the color red then the lower the threshold the more selective this tool will be. Whereas if we increase the threshold, those colors that are continuous, it may also select the light red, the dark red, and the medium red as long as the or again our select are continuous. Let me back out this guy here. Whereas the color select tool, it will select all of these that are red.

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For example, there. You can see the little marching ants here, here, and here. And again whether it’s continuous or not. Again that’s the big difference between the color select and the magic wand is that the magic wand will only select those that are continuous or touching one another. The color select, anything on the image or palette that is of that color. Now the threshold, if you increase the threshold then it would select variations of color red if that’s what we’ve chose here. So again, that’s just a little sample of what we can do with the color select and fuzzy select tools. So I’m sure again in later videos, we’ll show you some of the application that this can be used with. But for the time-being, I just want to get you familiarized with the different functions of these additional tools. Thanks very much for watching and have a great day!

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The Zoom Tool

 Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to introduce you to the magnification or zoom tool. And a quick shortcut to get to this is you can hit Z, the letter Z as in zebra, on your keyboard.

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That leads yo to the same spot we are now. As you can see down here on our dialog box, there’s not a whole lot of options to choose from. As you probably already familiar with magnification tool, you’re gonna zoom in or you’re zoom out and not a whole lot of a in between.

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Now we’ve got the auto-resize window and you get to zoom in radio button and you zoom out radio button. So let’s go ahead over here. Zoom in, make the image larger. Now if we hit our control button on our keyboard we can also toggle back and forth between those two functions.

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And another is we go up here to the toolbar or the menu bar up here and under view, put on the zoom menu. As you can see, we’ve got some exact options here. They are not made of a little over under the dialog section. Go back here. So you can zoom in, zoom out, you can fit image to window,  and  you can increase the size. Two to one or two-hundred percent and so on. So that’s just a quick overview of our magnification tool. There’s not a whole lot to it but hopefully you learned something out of this and I wanna thank you very much for watching our video.

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The Foreground Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to be touching base on probably our last select tool up here on our toolbox. This one is called the Foreground Select Tool and since I’ve already got us selected this are the options or additional functions that accompany the foreground select tool.

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And for the sake of this demonstration, we’re going to leave the feather edges off, the contiguous unchecked as well, and this is the default the mark foreground and the small brush these are the defaults right about in here. I’m going to go ahead and keep it closer to the small brush but not only works to dinky but I’ll show you here in a second why. Then the smoothing, this basically default right here is number three. You get much higher then it affects adversely some of the accuracy of what we will be extracting because what this foreground select tool does basically is it allows you to extract the foreground from the active layer or, in this case, from the selected item. The other items here too, the preview color, you have three.  No big deal, these are really irrelevant so just leave it or whatever it is setup as. The color sensitivity, I just opened that up just to take a look at it. I would leave that again. I’ll just leave that alone and whatever it is defaulted at.

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So let’s go ahead and open up an image. Let’s get this zebra guy out of there. So now then, as you can see with the foreground select tool, close to my mouse pointer we got the little what looks like a lariat just like this guy here. And we don’t have to be accurate at all. Just kind of select around the item we want to extract. I’m not going to go all the way back to the beginning. Just for demonstration purpose, I’m going to let off my mouse button now and it finds the beginning point itself but it does so on a straight line. Be aware of that. Just make sure you’ve got it out here. Of course, it would have been easier for me and better for me actually to go up this way but for demonstration purposes here we go.

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Now after we’ve done the selection, it gives the paint brush. You can kind of see that there a little bit just below my pointer’s paintbrush. What we want to do is just run the paint brush down the item we’re going to be selecting and again we’re just highlighting it. We’re not trying to fill in all, just letting the tool know what we want to extract. Not to grasp but this item right here, the zebra. Striped donkey. As you can see, there’s some blue right in here and what we’re going to do because we copy this out now or extract this out now then this will be basically invisible spots or holes in our selected item. So we can kind of eliminate that a little bit by saw the paint brush in here. Just painting over these items here. Nothing exact here then let the tool do its thing and it brings him up. Okay cool.

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Now you see we got some extra garbage up here and down here and it’s not perfect down here. Let’s go and add a little bit more of its leg here. That’s cool. We get a little bit more here. You can see as we do this, it’s adding more and more garbage that won’t need to be cleaned up what we background or the images we place this guy on. But I’m happy with this for the time being. So I’m going to click my enter button and you see all the marching ants, well we’ve got it selected now. You can use the control keys on our keyboard or we can right-click and go to our edit function. You can use the copy, cut, paste, or whatever. We’re going to go ahead and use the and this are the control functions on our keyboard we could use in place of what we’re doing now but I’m using the mouse.

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So let’s just go ahead and cut this guy out of here and let’s open up another image to paste him onto. What have we got? Yes, the desert. We’ll really freak this donkey out. Anywhere you paste him on here; just right-click, edit, and again we can use the control V like “Victor” on our keyboard or just use this here. Now we paste him on here. You can see all the garbage up here. Now what we want to do is we want to clean that up a little bit and do so while these items are still selected. So while it’s still selected, go over here to the erase button or erase tool and just already erasing our way. And the reason why you want to do it while it is selected because then the background of this image being pasted onto shows up versus erasing the entire background as well. Let me show you what I’m talking about here. Of course, you can spend time cleaning that up. Okay so we are going to deselect this guy now. So now it’s deselected, now screw over here the eraser tool and I’ll show you what I was talking about. You can see that it is erasing the background of the image as well. It’s pretty close because I’ve chose the background color to match this background as closely as possible. But so it’s kind of scurry. Again do the clean the app or the erasing while it is still selected. And there you have it. Now we can go over here to the move tool. I’m going to hit my control Z because you can always hit the control Z and go back and finish up your cleaning and everything.

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But now I’m going to move this guy over here to the side and kind of down a little bit. This way it looks… Yeah there you go. Go back up here and select my foreground tool and my mouse button deselect them. Now that is one scared-looking donkey. He’s wondering, “What the heck am I doing at the desert here now?” Hey, that’s just our quick introduction to the Foreground Select Tool. Hope you learned something from this video and the old imagination used are flowing on us on how you can this particular tool as well. And that pretty much brings to a close the videos on the selection tools. Next, we’re going to get in to some additional tools here and show you how those functions can help you with your Gimp. Thank you very much for watching. Have a great day!

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The Scissors Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. On this video, we’re going to be going over another select tool up here in our toolbox. This is going to be our “Scissors Select Tool” and it’s a little bit different than these other select tools in that it gives you a little more flexibility to the area that you are selecting. But aside from that is you can see it has its similarities too. We can feather the edges, antialiasing, and the different modes where you can add or subtract on the selected areas. But this one does so by connecting the dots so to speak.

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So let’s go and get started here by cutting out and manipulating the area around our little spilled ice cream if you will. So there’s our first dot and the second. As you can see, it kind of puts lines that connect those dots. That’s not exactly staying on the line. Now I want to point out to just above my scissors next to my pointer, there’s a plus sign. When you get back to the original dot you can see it turns into an infinity symbol. So whenever we get here, we’re going to click on that, it basically completes our selection. Now you can manipulate this by grabbing one of these dots and pulling out, and adding dots, and again you are manipulating this selection area here. Now once you’ve completed your selection area, you hit your enter key and that completes your selection. So all the little marching ants here inside of that is your selected area. Now, let’s demonstrate that a little different way than we have using these other selection tools.

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Let’s go up here to the edit button in our toolbar and down here we can either clear the selected area, we can fill the entire area with a foreground (that’s the FG color). And here we have our foreground color and the background color. And you can change this simply by clicking on this, and you can change this to purple, green, blue, or any variation thereof. Or we can go up here if you’re going to be a little more precise and this gives you a little bit more of an idea as the blending options you know what looks cool, what doesn’t look so good. We’ll get into the bucket or the color fill section at a later video but for the time-being, we’ve got these two as our foreground and background colors. Now you go to the black and white by just going over here and clicking on this and you go back to the original black and white. So I’m going to change this again. We’ve got green here and the background we’re going to go with a little pinkish color.

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So now, we’ll go back up here to the edit and we’ll want to fill with the foreground color just click on that. If you want to fill with the background color and go with that. Now under the bucket fill tool, we see the different options we have here. Under the pattern fill, you’ve got several choices you can work with. Right now, we’ve got the warning pattern. You know the black stripes on the yellow background. You just simply click on this icon and here are several patterns you can choose from. Now in another video we’re going to be getting into later on I’ll show you how you can add to your pattern selection here.

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Like for example, this one is pine. We’re going to do the same thing here. Just click on this and now we have our pine fill. Or you can do the same thing up here by fill with pattern. Whatever pattern you have here, you can fill it with that. Now, the stroke is basically an outline of the selected area. Let’s go to show you this. And you can determine solid colors, that’s basically we’re going to use here and just click on stroke. Whatever the foreground color is, it’s the stroke. And you can change that too.

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Let’s go and switch this around, edit, stroke, solid stroke and you see we changed it to the foreground color currently. So that is a quick introduction to the scissors tool and a brief overview of the fill section of the color selection tool. We already get in to the bucket fill tool in a later point but again I just want to demonstrate some of the things you can do with your toolbar up here at the top under the edit selected area. So hopefully you learned something out of this video and we’ll get into more applications of these tools in later videos but for the time-being again I’m just introducing you to the various functions of each of these tools. Thank you very much for watching and have a great day!

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