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Paint with the Paint tool

Pixelmator Pro includes a number of different painting tools that you can use to create digital or traditional paintings, draw, sketch, illustrate, paint on your photos, and more. There's a number of different brushes for you to paint with — some of these brushes emulate traditional drawing and painting tools while others are digital brushes. These brushes are fully customizable and you can even create your own brushes from scratch.

Along with the Paint tool, the other painting tools are the Color Fill and Gradient Fill tools, the Pixel tool, the Erase and the Smart Erase tools.

Paint with the Paint tool

The Paint tool is a versatile painting tool — it can be used to paint traditional or fully digital paintings, create effects in your photos or designs, or just add a touch of artistic flair to an image.

  1. Choose the Paint tool by doing one of the following:

    • Click in the Tools sidebar or choose if from the grouped tools.
    • Choose Tools > Paint (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the B key on your keyboard.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, choose a brush to paint with. Click the Collections pop-up menu to browse a specific brush category. You can also click to select a brush from one of the brush favorites.

  3. Customize the Paint tool:

    Color: Click the color well to choose a color or click to pick a color from the image.

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Paint tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 500 pixels. You can also manually enter a value from 1 px to 2500 px.

    Softness: Drag the Softness slider to adjust the softness of the edges of the Paint tool brush.

    Blend Mode: Click the Blend Mode pop-up menu to choose a blend mode.

    Opacity: Drag the Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the Paint tool.

    Tip: Control ⌃–click the canvas to bring up a shortcut menu with Brush Size and Softness slider to adjust the settings of your brush more quickly. You can also use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Paint tool brush.

  4. Drag on the canvas to paint using your selected brush. You can temporarily switch from painting to erasing by holding down ` or ~ on your keyboard.

Pixelmator Pro User Guide