3. Paint Tools

그림 14.37. 붓 도구

붓 도구

3.1. 일반적인 특징

The GIMP Toolbox includes fourteen paint tools. By default they are shown together in five groups, but this can be disabled in Toolbox Preferences by unchecking Use tool groups.

그림 14.38. The Paint Tools in the ToolBox

The Paint Tools in the ToolBox

The default view groups similar tools together. The paint tools groups are inside the red square.

The Paint Tools in the ToolBox

The paint tools in the toolbox in ungrouped view inside the red area.

The feature they all have in common is, that all of them are used by moving the pointer across the image display, creating brush-strokes. Five of them behave like the intuitive notion of painting with a brush. Pencil, Paintbrush, Airbrush, and MyPaint brush (introduced in GIMP 2.10.6) are called basic painting tools or brush tools.

The other tools use a brush to modify an image in some way rather than paint on it:

The advantages of using GIMP with a tablet instead of a mouse probably show up more clearly for brush tools than anywhere else: the gain in fine control is invaluable. These tools also have special Pressure sensitivity options that are only usable with a tablet.

In addition to the more common hands-on method, it is possible to apply paint tools in an automated way, by creating a selection or path and then stroking it. You can choose to stroke with any of the paint tools, including nonstandard ones such as the Eraser, Smudge tool, etc., and any options you set for the tool will be applied. See the section on Stroking for more information.

3.1.1. Key modifiers


Holding down the Ctrl key has a special effect on every paint tool. For the Pencil, Paintbrush, Airbrush, Ink, and Eraser, it switches them into color picker mode, so that clicking on an image pixel causes GIMP's foreground to be set to the active layer's color at that point (or, for the Eraser, GIMP's background color). For the Clone tool, the Ctrl key switches it into a mode where clicking sets the reference point for copying. For the Blur/Sharpen tool, the Ctrl key switches between blur and sharpen modes; for the Dodge/Burn tool, it switches between dodging and burning.


Holding down the Shift key has the same effect on most paint tools: it places the tool into straight line mode. To create a straight line with any of the paint tools, first click on the starting point, then press the Shift key. As long as you hold it down, you will see a thin line connecting the previously clicked point with the current pointer location. If you click again, while continuing to hold down the Shift key, a straight line will be rendered. You can continue this process to create a series of connected line segments.


Holding down both keys puts the tool into constrained straight line mode. This is similar to the effect of the Shift key alone, except that the orientation of the line is constrained to the nearest multiple of 15 degrees. Use this if you want to create perfect horizontal, vertical, or diagonal lines.

3.1.2. Tool Options

그림 14.39. Tool options shared by paint tools

Tool options shared by paint tools

Many tool options are shared by several paint tools: these are described here. Options that apply only to one specific tool, or to a small number of tools, are described in the sections devoted to those tools.


The Mode drop-down list provides a selection of paint application modes. As with the opacity, the easiest way to understand what the Mode setting does is to imagine that the paint is actually applied to a layer above the layer you are working on, with the layer combination mode in the Layers dialog set to the selected mode. You can obtain a great variety of special effects in this way. The Mode option is only usable for tools that can be thought of as adding color to the image: the Pencil, Paintbrush, Airbrush, Ink, and Clone tools. For the other paint tools, the option appears for the sake of consistency but is always grayed out. A list of modes can be found in 2절. “레이어 모드”.

In this list, some modes are particular and are described below.


The Opacity slider sets the transparency level for the brush operation. To understand how it works, imagine that instead of altering the active layer, the tool creates a transparent layer above the active layer and acts on that layer. Changing Opacity in the Tool Options has the same effect that changing opacity in the Layers dialog would have in the latter situation. It controls the strength of all paint tools, not just those that paint on the active layer. In the case of the Eraser, this can come across as a bit confusing: it works out that the higher the opacity is, the more transparency you get.

The brush determines how much of the image is affected by the tool, and how it is affected, when you trace out a brushstroke with the pointer. GIMP allows you to use several different types of brushes, which are described in the Brushes section. The same brush choices are available for all paint tools except the Ink tool, which uses a unique type of procedurally generated brush. The colors of a brush only come into play for tools where they are meaningful: the Pencil, Paintbrush, and Airbrush tools. For the other paint tools, only the intensity distribution of a brush is relevant.


This option lets you to modify precisely the size of the brush. You can use the arrow keys to vary by ±0.01 or the Page-Up and Page-Down keys to vary by ±1.00. You can obtain the same result if you have correctly set your mouse-wheel in the Preferences. See How to vary the size of a brush

Aspect Ratio

This determines the ratio between the height and the width of the brush. The slider is scaled from -20.00 to 20.00 with the default value set to 0.00. A negative value from 0.00 to -20 will narrow the height of the brush while a positive value between 0.00 and 20.00 indicates the narrowing rate of the width of the brush.


This option makes the brush turn round its center. This is visible if the brush is not circular or made from a rotated figure.


This option sets the distance between the brush marks in a stroke.

그림 14.40. Spacing option

Spacing option

Different spacings


Modifies the size of the brush hard center.

그림 14.41. Hardness option

Hardness option

On the left: hardness=50 On the right: hardness=100.


Modifies gain.

그림 14.42. Force option

Force option

Force is 10%, 20%, 40%, 80%.


Brush dynamics let you map different brush parameters to several input dynamics. They are mostly used with graphic tablets, but some of them are also usable with a mouse.

You can read more about dynamics in Dynamics

When stroking paths and selections using a paint tool there is an option to select Emulate brush dynamics. That means that when you stroke, brush pressure and velocity are varying along the length of the stroke. Pressure starts with zero, ramps up to full pressure and then ramps down again to no pressure. Velocity starts from zero and ramps up to full speed by the end of the stroke.

Dynamics Options

These options are described in Dynamics Options

지터(Jitter) 적용

You know spacing in brush strokes: strokes are made of successive brush marks which, when they are very near, seem to draw a continuous line. Here, instead of being aligned brush marks are scattered over a distance you can set with the Amount slider.

그림 14.43. Jitter example

“Jitter” example

위에서부터 지터 없음, 지터 = 1, 지터 = 4.

Jitter is also available in the Paint Dynamic Editor where you can connect jitter to the behavior of the brush.

Smooth Stroke

This option doesn't affect the rendering of the brush stroke but its shape. It takes away the wobbles of the line you are drawing. It makes drawing with a mouse easier.

When this option is checked, two setting areas appear, Quality and Weight. You can change the default values to adapt them to your skill.

High weight values rigidifies the brush stroke.

그림 14.44. Smooth Stroke example

“Smooth Stroke” example

Trying to draw a straight line and a sine curve with the mouse. 1 : option unchecked 2 : default values 3 : maximum values

Lock brush size to view

When you are working on an image that is bigger (in pixels) than your screen, you have to zoom in and out a lot. This option allows a very natural "iterative refinement" process with no need to repeatedly ask the application to change brush size as you go between the broad strokes and the detailing.

If the brush size is relative to the canvas (option unchecked), zooming in makes the brush zoomed also and it appears larger (takes up more pixels on the screen). If you're working with a 300 pixels radius brush and you zoom in from 12% to 100%, the brush is now half the size of your screen! So you have to shrink the brush back down.

If the brush size is relative to the screen (option checked), then when you zoom in, the size of the displayed brush doesn't change, it looks smaller and so you can work on tiny details.

그림 14.45. Lock brush example

Lock brush example

This image is the screenshot of a small part of a TIFF image bigger than my screen. Here, GIMP displays this TIFF image at 50% zoom, so the whole image is visible. The option is not checked, brush size in toolbox is 100 pixels high.

Lock brush example

Screenshot: zoom 200. The option is not checked. We paint with pencil and the pepper brush that is 100 pixels high in toolbox: displayed brush stroke is 200 pixels high.

Lock brush example

Screenshot: zoom 200. The option is checked. We paint with pencil and the pepper brush that is 100 pixels high in toolbox: displayed brush stroke is 100 pixels high.

"Lock brush to view" can also be used to lock brush to view rotation:

그림 14.46. Lock brush to view rotation example

Lock brush to view rotation example

Screenshot. Here, the option is unchecked and we use ViewFlip and RotateRotate 15° clockwise: brush stroke is rotated.

Lock brush to view rotation example

Same thing but the option is checked: the brush is locked to the original, not rotated view and brush stroke is not rotated.


Applies the effect incrementally as the mouse pointer moves.

The incremental checkbox does not seems to work as everyone expect. If it is deactivated (the default value) the maximum effect of a single stroke is determined by the opacity set in the opacity slider. If the opacity is set to less than 100, moving the brush over the same spot will increase the opacity if the brush is lifted in the meantime. Painting over with the same stroke has no such effect. If Incremental is active the brush will paint with full opacity independent of the slider's setting. This option is available for all paint tools except those which have a rate control, which automatically implies an incremental effect. See also 2절. “레이어 모드”.

3.1.3. Paint Mode Examples

The following examples demonstrate some of GIMP's paint modes:


그림 14.47. 분해 모드 예제

분해 모드 예제

두 붓자국은 같은 원형 퍼지 브러시를 이용해 에어브러시로 만든 것입니다. 왼쪽은 일반 모드이고, 오른쪽은 분해 모드입니다.

모든 그리기 도구에 불투명도를 조절할 수 있습니다. 여기서는 투명하게 칠을 하는 것이 아니라 칠을 적용할 확률을 결정하는 것입니다. 이것을 통해 붓자국이나 채우기에 다양한 무늬를 적용할 수 있습니다.

그림 14.48. 분해 모드로 그리기

분해 모드로 그리기

이 이미지는 알파 채널이 없는 배경 레이어만 있습니다. 배경 레이어의 색은 하늘색이며, 연필 도구로 그린 불투명도 100%, 50%, 25% 의 줄 세 개가 있습니다. 각 불투명도에 따라 전경색의 픽셀를이 붓자국 모양대로 흩어져 있음을 알 수 있습니다.


그림 14.49. 뒤쪽으로 모드 예제

“뒤쪽으로” 모드 예제

Wilber over a blue background layer

“뒤쪽으로” 모드 예제

Layers dialog

“뒤쪽으로” 모드 예제

Filled with pattern

이 모드는 레이어의 투명한 영역에만 칠을 합니다. 불투명도가 낮을수록 더 많은 칠이 적용이 됩니다. 따라서 완전하게 불투명한 영역은 아무런 효과를 주지 못하고 완전하게 투명한 영역은 일반 모드와 같은 효과를 줍니다. 그리고 레이어의 알파 채널이 잠겨 있을 경우에는 아무런 효과를 주지 못합니다.

위 예제의 경우, 최상단 레이어에 윌버 이미지가 있고, 그 주변은 전부 투명합니다. 그리고 아래쪽 레이어는 밝은 파란색으로 채워져 있습니다. 채우기 도구의 전체 선택 채우기 옵션을 체크하고 전체 레이어를 선택한 뒤, 채우기 도구를 사용했습니다. 채우기 도구에서 무늬를 사용할 수도 있습니다.

The next image (below) has two layers. The upper layer is active. Three brush strokes with pencil, red color at 100%, 50%, 25%: only transparent or semi-transparent pixels of the layer are painted.

그림 14.50. 뒤쪽으로 모드로 그리기

“뒤쪽으로” 모드로 그리기

Painting with 100%, 50%, 25% transparency (from left to right)

색상 지우기

그림 14.51. Example for layer mode Color erase

Example for layer mode “Color erase”

Wilber over a blue background layer

Example for layer mode “Color erase”

White foreground color erased

This mode erases the foreground color, replacing it with partial transparency. It acts like the Color to Alpha filter, applied to the area under the brushstroke. Note that this only works on layers that possess an alpha channel; otherwise, this mode is identical to Normal.

위 예제 이미지에서는 채우기 도구를 이용해 흰색으로 채운 결과 윌버의 흰색 부분이 모두 사라지고 파란 바탕색이 보이게 되었습니다.

This image below has only one layer, the background layer. Background color is sky blue. Three brush strokes with pencil:

  1. 정확히 파란색이 칠해진 영역에서는 파란색 부분만 지워졌습니다.

  2. 정확히 빨간색이 칠해진 영역에서는 투명도에 관계없이 빨간색만 지워졌습니다. 지워진 영역은 투명하게 됩니다.

  3. 배경 레이어의 색상인 하늘색 영역에서는 하늘색 부분만 지워졌습니다.

그림 14.52. 색상 지우기 모드로 그리기

“색상 지우기” 모드로 그리기

Painted with 1. blue; 2. red; 3. background color

3.1.4. 더 자세한 정보

Advanced users may be interested to know that paint tools actually operate at a sub-pixel level, in order to avoid producing jagged-looking results. One consequence of this is that even if you work with a hard-edged brush, such as one of the Circle brushes, pixels on the edge of the brushstroke will only be partially affected. If you need to have all-or-nothing effects (which may be necessary for getting a good selection, or for cutting and pasting, or for operating pixel-by-pixel at a high zoom level), use the Pencil tool, which makes all brushes perfectly hard and disables sub-pixel anti-aliasing.