Infinite Painter 7 iOS Reference Manual v. 10.090821

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About this manual TL;DR?


This is the Reference Manual for Infinite Painter. It is not intended to be read from cover to cover, rather for finding detailed information about particular functions of the application. This version covers Painter version 7 for iOS/iPadOS. Note that the application is in constant development so certain features may appear different in your version. The topics are generally grouped to follow the organization of the interface of the application. However there may be exceptions. This is an interactive book. Tap on links within text to find more information.

Use the HOME button to return to the Table of Contents. (In the online version use the

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for text search)

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™ All trademarks in this publications are used for informational purposes only. See page 532 for legal stuff.

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Modification tools_ _______ 338 Color Adjustments_ ___________________ 339 Tonal Curve tool_ _____________________ 349 Filters_ ______________________________ 354 Liquify tool___________________________ 363 Pattern tools_____________ 372 Canvas tools_ ____________ 384 OPTIONS MENU__________ 397 Options menu overview_ _______________ 398 New project______________ 400 Project gallery_ __________ 407 Importing images_ _______ 416 Time-lapse recording_ ____ 422 Exporting images_________ 429 Clipboard_ ______________ 433 Settings_ ________________ 436 APPENDICES_____________ 439 Keyboard shortcuts_______ 440 Color blending modes_____ 443 List of built-in brushes_ ___ 475 List of filters_ ____________ 477 Canvas presets_ __________ 527 Using a stylus_ ___________ 529 Legal stuff_ ______________ 532

About...________________________________ 2 INTRODUCTION____________ 5 Welcome to Infinite Painter_______________ 6 Overview _____________________________ 10 Painter projects________________________ 15 Project version history__________________ 22 THE STUDIO_ _____________ 26 Main workspace_ __________ 27 General controls_ ______________________ 28 Screen widgets_ _______________________ 40 Gestures_ ________________ 48 Basic gestures_ ________________________ 49 More gestures_ ________________________ 54 Brushes_ _________________ 61 Basic brush controls_ ___________________ 67 Built-in brushes________________________ 72 Adding brushes________________________ 75 Brush editing__________________________ 84 Brush Editor_ _____________ 88 Color tools_______________ 103 Digital color__________________________ 104 Color panel___________________________ 115 Layers___________________ 135 Using layers_ _________________________ 136 Adjustment Layers_ ___________________ 146 Layer grouping_ ______________________ 150 Layer visibility modes_ ________________ 158 Layer masking________________________ 161

Layer clipping_ _______________________ 167 Color blending modes_ ________________ 171 CREATIVE TOOLS_________ 176 Fill tools_________________ 177 Fill tools overview_____________________ 178 Solid Color Fill_ _______________________ 182 Linear Gradient Fill____________________ 185 Radial Gradient Fill____________________ 190 Sweep Gradient Fill____________________ 195 Pattern Fill_ __________________________ 202 Advanced fill options_ _________________ 209 Cloning_ ________________ 214 Guides and Shapes_ ______ 223 Guides_______________________________ 225 Shapes_ _____________________________ 239 Shape detection_ _____________________ 247 Filled shapes_ ________________________ 250 Symmetry tools_ _________ 252 Perspective grids_ ________ 258 Perspective grids overview_ ____________ 259 Shapes in perspective_ ________________ 268 View tools_ ______________ 278 EDITING TOOLS_ _________ 285 Selection tools_ __________ 286 Using selections ______________________ 287 Mask editing functions _ _______________ 312 Content editing functions ______________ 315 Transformations__________ 318

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Introduction PART ONE

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Welcome to Infinite Painter

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About Infinite Painter application Definitely not only for painting.

Infinite Painter is a sophisticated mobile application for painting, drawing and crafting digital images

Infinite Painter works on any Apple iPad ® or iPhone ®* and also on Android devices and Chromebooks.**

Infinite Painter works best with a stylus, especially the Apple Pencil® but you can equally well paint with your finger.

Note that iPhonesmartphone version has certain limitations due to small screen size and lack of Apple Pencil® support.

Infinite Painter is a product developed by Infinite Studio LLC. Contact with the developer via email: Visit for more information.

* Infinite Painter 7 requires iOS / iPadOS version 13 or later. Learn more about using Painter on an iPhone on page 9.

**Android version of Infinite Painter is a separate product and must be purchased separately. Project files and other assets like brushes may be exchanged between the two versions.

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Infinite Painter's main features Desktop power in mobile application.

Superior brushes • Nearly 200 beautifully crafted brushes for every artist • Download or create new brushes • Fine-tune brush behavior with almost 100 parameters • Brushes interact realistically with paper textures • Special effects brushes • Designed for the Apple Pencil® with pressure and tilt support

Streamlined interface • It’s simple. It’s organized. It’s out of the way. • Highly customizable interface • Custom toolbar for quick access to favorite tools • Floating and dockable panels • Support for gestures and keyboard shortcuts

Advanced features • Project version history: restore any previously saved version of your work • Crop, resize or resample your artwork at any time • Use multiple reference images • Color selector with RGB, HSL, Lab, CMYK and Hex support • Multiple color palettes • 64-bit color support

Pixel-perfect editing • Photoshop-quality layers: • 30 color blending modes • Layer clipping • Layer masks

• Live filter and adjustment layers • Layer grouping with group nesting • Color curves: master, red, green, blue, and alpha channels • 40+ photographic, artistic, and motion filters • Focus and tilt-shift masking

• Liquify: move, bloat, pinch and swirl • Advanced color adjustment tools

Unparalleled toolset • Four types of symmetry with up to 32 planes • Create clean geometry using guides and editable shapes • Draw precisely with automatic shape detection • Design 3D cityscapes with five different perspective grids or use a standard 2D grid • Create seamless patterns with a set of Pattern tools • Extensive set of Selection tools • Transform tools: move, scale, rotate, flip, distort, warp

Import and export • Import and export PSD multilayer documents • Import images from Photos™, camera, or Pixabay™ • Export images as JPEG, PNG, PSD, or ZIP • Share your artwork to Infinite Painter's ever-growing community and see what others are creating • Drag-and-drop and system clipboard support • Access to thousands of free assets created by other users • Record a timelapse video of your creative process

• Transform multiple layers simultaneously • Sophisticated Gradient and Pattern fills

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iPhone version The same toolset on smaller screen

This manual covers the iPad version of Infinite Painter but the iPhone version works almost exactly the same way. In the iPhone version you have access to all tools and functions of the application with only a few differences.

Main differences between iPad and IPhone versions:

· iPhones do not support Apple Pencil However you can use a third-party stylus, either Bluetooth or capacitive one. And you can paint with your fingers pretty easy too.

· In the iPhone version you cannot have the custom toolbar (Learn more about custom toolbar on page 37) Still you have access to all floating widgets.

· In the iPhone version you cannot dock the brush panel But the functionality of the brush controls remain the same.

· On certain iPhone models, you may have limited canvas sizes and you could create fewer layers in the project, due to lower amount of RAM memory.

And, obviously, the iPhone interface is more compact.

Note that if you have purchased Painter on your iPad, you can use it on your iPhone too, with the same license.

Tip: You can exchange project files (in PNTR format) and brushes between your iPhone and your iPad.

Note that there are no cross-platform licenses: Painter for Android and Painter for iOS are separate products. For example, you cannot use the same license on an Apple iPad and an Android smartphone.

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Workspaces in Painter Create and organize.

Infinite Painter application consists of two main environments: Home and the Studio

Home screen basically a file manager where you can organize your projects, and start new ones. But not only that.

the Studio in which you create your projects: paint, draw and edit the images More on page 14.

Go to the Studio by opening a project

Return to Home by

button *

using the

Discover tab

New project creator

Project Gallery tab

Main workspace

Special workspaces:

Selections. 291 Fills. 180 Transformations. 321 Color 340 357 Liquify. 365 434 437 Classroom (help) Community

More on page 13

More on page 401

More on page 408

More on page 29

* You can actually return to Home environment also via Open command in Options menu. More on page 399.

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Home workspace Organize and discover.

Home workspace consists of three tabs: Home, Discover and Projects

Home tab

Quick access to your recent projects and new project creator

Tap on the Infinite Painter name for version information

New project creator

Start a new project from here

Your recent projects will be displayed here

More on page 401

Discover tab

Projects tab (Project gallery)

Learn about the application and artists who use it.

Organize your projects

swipe right

swipe left

(or tap on or icons)

Open an existing project here

More on page 13

More on page 408

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Discover tab Learn something new.

Discover tab offers you access to up-to-date information about Painter

Discover tab

Return to Home tab or to Project tab Swipe or tap an icon (more on page 12)

Access to manuals (browse them online or download to your device)

Artists' spotlights Read stories about artists using Infinite Painter; learn their tricks.

Information about new features Discover new tools and functions.

More to come

The cards displayed in the Discover tab will be updated periodically so you will be up to date with news.

Note that the cards link to online content; access to Internet is required. Your carrier/Internet service provider may charge you for data transfer.

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The Studio The place where you create.

The Studio is the main working environment in Painter learn about it in the "Studio" section (starting from page 2)

Return to Home screen

Find a huge collection of powerful tools and functions hidden in the menus. More in chapter "Tools menus", page 34 and in "Options menu", page 5

The tools available in the Studio are described in detail in the "Main Workspace" chapter; see page 29.

In the Studio you always see your canvas : the working area on which you paint, draw and edit your artwork. Learn more about defining the size and shape of the canvas on page 404.

Learn about how to navigate around your canvas with gestures on page 51.

Experiment freely. Your project is being saved automatically each time you leave the Studio so you are not going to lose your work in case you forget to save it. However don't be afraid that the automatic saving is going to overwrite your previous versions: Infinite Painter remembers all your creative process. Learn more about the project version history feature on page 23

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Painter projects

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Painter Project Much more than an image.

A project in Painter is a single document containing multilayer artwork but it contains much more data


All layers

Timelapse recording of your creative process (this is optional).

Project-123 May, 04 2020 4:18 PM

Learn more about timelapse recording on page 423

Learn more on page 135


All previous saved versions of your work

Reference images (in version 7 the reference images are stored within the project) More on page 42

Print size and resolution

Statistics: time spent editing, number of brush strokes etc. Recently used: brushes, tools, colors, patterns, settings and more.

version 1 May, 01 2020 12:12 AM

version 2 May, 02 2020 4:06 PM

current version May, 04 2020 4:18 PM

Learn more about project version history on page 23

A project in Painter contains a canvas of certain size on which you create your artwork Learn more on page 21 You can access and organize your saved projects in Project Gallery More about Project Gallery on page 408

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Project types Image and pattern.

In Painter 7 you can create regular projects (single still images) and Pattern projects (seamless pattern tiles)

Regular project

Pattern project

The result is a single digital picture You can use the artwork in digital form or print it out.

The result is a seamless pattern tile You can use the pattern tile for pattern fills in Painter or in any third party application (including 3D)

Learn more about Pattern projects on page 19

Both types of projects may be saved and transfered in the same PNTR file format. Note that Pattern projects cannot be exported to PSD format. Also there is no way to change the type of the project after its creation.

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Project workflow Learn the difference between saving and exporting.

New project creation

Project open in Studio paint and edit


Project saved in internal storage. You can re-open it at any time and work on.


New blank canvas

Project-123 May, 04 2020 4:18 PM

Learn more on page 414



Project may be exported to various standard formats

An imported image



Learn more about importing images on page 417


Exported images can be shared to any appropriate third party application or printed . Learn more about exporting on page 430.

Painter saves all the editing history of your project in the local storage, so you can restore any previous version. Learn more about the version history on page 23. If you want to transfer your project to another device for further editing in Painter, you have to export the project in PNTR format and transfer this file to the other device. If you plan to edit your projects in another application, export it in PSD (Photoshop) file format. PNG and JPG formats do not preserve layers. Learn more about export formats on page 432.

You may share your artwork directly to the Painter User Community too.


You can record your creative process and export it to a timelapse video file.

Learn more on page 423

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Pattern project workflow The result is a universal pattern tile

Project saved in internal storage, like a regular project.


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Pattern Project may be exported only as a single pattern tile

• PNG • JPG The PNG format is recommended. Note that it is still possible to export the pattern project in PNTR format for data transfer.



Pattern Fill page 203

Paper texture page 145

Brush texture page 79

Use the resulting pattern within Painter

Use the pattern in third-party applications

In 2D graphics

In 3D graphics

Patterns created with the Pattern projects are perfectly seamless.

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Working with pattern projects Plan ahead for best results

Pattern projects allows you to create professional-grade seamless patterns but they require some planning

Project canvas size vs. pattern tile size

Remember that the dimensons of the exported pattern tile will be 1/2 of the dimensions of the canvas. So if you need a 1024 ×1024 px pattern tile, you shoud set your Pattern project canvas size to 2048 × 2048 px. Learn how to set the canvas dimensions on page 403.

(The area around the outer frame is not the part of the canvas).

Exported pattern tile

Note that the canvas in Pattern project doesn't have to be square. However most of the third party applications expect square pattern tiles.

Canvas size

Tile size

= 1/2 of canvas size

You can use most of the powerful editing tools in the Pattern projects. Use layers, symmetries, even Pattern tools within the Pattern project. Import photos, create precise shapes, draw, paint, edit. No limits to your creativity and fun.

Note that some tools may not work as expected in the Pattern projects. These are: Canvas tools: Rotate Canvas, Crop, Resize; Gradient and Pattern fills, Liquify, Smart cloning. Also Transformations may give unintuitive results.

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Canvas pixel size vs. print size Plan ahead.

The same digital image can be printed at any size however the larger the printed image, the lower its resolution (hence lower visual quality)

Print size shown against an A4 size paper sheet (~8” × 12”)

600 dpi very high resolution

3.5 ” × 3.5 ” ~9 × 9 cm

Very good quality suitable for high quality illustrations and edited photos.

Canvas size 2100 × 2100 pixels (example)

300 dpi standard resolution

7 ” × 7 ” ~18 × 18 cm

Good quality standard for medium size printouts.

2100 px

72 dpi very low resolution

29 ” × 29 ” ~74 × 74 cm

Usually unacceptable quality for printing. May be enough for low-quality posters.

Resolutions below 100 dpi and above 600 dpi are rarely used in printing.

72 dpi resolution remains the default "screen" resolution for jpg and png images even if today's computer screens usually have much higher resolutions. If you don't intend to print your artwork, you may leave 72 dpi value (or whatever other resolution in fact).

"dpi" is a standard unit of image resolution. DPI stands for "dots per inch". More precise unit name would be "ppi" ("pixels per inch") but "dpi" is widely used. 100 dpi ≈ 39 pixels per centimeter.

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Project version history

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Project version history — overview A time machine.

Painter 7 stores every version of your project ever saved

Creation of a new project

Session 1 finished by exiting the Studio.

Project opened again

Session 2 finished by exiting the Studio.

Session 1

Session 2






New blank canvas

Manual save

Manual save


Manual save

Manual save

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Version 4

Version 5

(*Project is being automatically saved each time you exit the Studio)

All versions are stored in the same project. You can restore each version as a new project or delete versions no longer necessary.

Version restore interface Scroll vertically to browse available versions.

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Version 4

Version 5

(Actually the project versions are not named only marked with the time stamp)

(Current version)

More on page 18

You can limit the number of history states to be saved in Settings. See page 437.

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Selecting previous history states Enjoy the time travel.

Long press on the project thumbnail

With Restore function you can return to an earlier version in the project history and restore this version as a new project. The original project will be left intact. You can also erase early versions of the project history to save storage space. This however deletes the data permanently.

to access the project options list. Learn more on page 410

Project-18 May, 04 2020 4:18 PM

Scroll vertically to browse available versions. Versions show their time stamp

Pick the version you want to edit

Version Restore interface showing current (the latest) version

Learn more about the options on page 25

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Editing history states You can change the history.

Original version history

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Version 4

Version 5 (current)

Version 3 picked

Restore version 3: A new project is created with versions 1, 2, 3 only.

Version 4

Version 5

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

(All versions will be kept in the original project)

Delete version 3: Versions 1, 2, 3 are deleted from the original project.

Version 5

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

Version 4

Delete button permanently erases the selected version and all previous versions. Be cautious.

Versions 1, 2, 3 are deleted from the history. Warning: this is irreversible. History data is going to be permanently erased.

(Only versions 4 and 5 will be left in the original project)

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the Studio PART TWO the place where you create

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General controls

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Main workspace in Painter (basics) It seems pretty minimalistic when you see it first time...


Painter shows only the controls that are necessary at the moment

Tools menus All tools neatly sorted. (see page 34)

Layer panel toggle You can work on separate layers. (see page 137 ) Options menu Here you will find all file operations, settings and help. (see page 399)

Return to Home Closes and saves current project, opens the Home workspace (see page 12)

Canvas The place where you paint and draw.

Main toolbar — controls how your digital brushes work. (see page 32)

Undo button Correct mistakes easily (see page 44)

Redo button (see page 44)

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Studio • Main Workspace • Page 29

Optional controls Everything under control. When necessary.


More controls show up when you need them...

Reference menu Place reference photos on your screen. (see page 42)

Tool settings menu (see page 46)

Selection controls (see page 290)

Active tool mini panels

Top bar (learn more on page 33)

Layer panel (see page 138)

Control panels open when you need to adjust a parameter (here brush opacity pop-up) (see page 71)

You can rotate your canvas, zoom and pan with two fingers

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Customize your workspace Place your favorite tools on top.


...and you can easily build your custom workspace tailored to your needs

Custom toolbar (see page 37)

Reference menu Place reference photos on screen. (see page 42)

Navigator widget (Here used in monochrome mode for value checking) (see page 283)

Interface in light theme (see page 437)

Layer panel (here in collapsed view) Use as many layers as you need. (see page 138)

Color wheel widget Pick and adjust colors. (see page 123)

Main toolbar as a floating widget Move it where you like. (see page 32)

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Main toolbar Much more than it seems.


Brush modes:

Eyedropper tool (color sampler) More on page 132


Brush Size button / indicator Tap to open dialog. Drag up/down to adjust brush size. See page 70

Tap to change mode. Tap again to select brush. Learn more about Paint, Blend and Erase brush modes on page 63



Color button / indicator Drag up/down to adjust Brightness See page 134

Brush Opacity button / indicator Tap to open dialog. Drag up/down to adjust brush opacity. See page 71

Note that the color indicator is replaced by settings icon in Blend and Clone modes or with effect strength adjustment if the current brush has special effect applied.

Color panel More on page 116

More about brush modes on page 63

More about brush selector on page 68

You can place the toolbar (almost) anywhere on the screen. Long press on it and drag where you want it.

The toolbar snaps to the edges of the screen but may be positioned anywhere.

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Top bar Always there.


The top bar in Painter contains all menu icons and even more

Top bar — default look

Layer panel toggle See page 138

Options menu See page 399

Home button Tap to return to Home screen See page 12

Creative Tools See page 35

Editing Tools See page 36

Tools menus

Top bar with all controls

Tool settings menu (Shows up only for certain tools) See page 46

Selection menu See page 290

Active selection toggle See page 292

Reference menu Shows up only when you import a reference image See page 42

Custom toolbar area Here you can dock your favorite tools See page 37

Selection controls show up only when a selection is defined; more in "Selections" chapter, page 286

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Tools menus overview The hidden power of Infinite Painter.


Top bar

Creative Tools detailed description on page 35

Editing Tools detailed description on page 36

Both Tools menus are connected to each other

You can swipe left-right to switch between the two menus

Tip: You can even combine both Tools menus into a single menu with two tabs (like it was in earlier versions of the app): In Settings uncheck the "Split Tools menu option" More about settings on page 437

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Creative Tools menu Tools to create content.


Creative Tools

Fill tools See chapter "Fill tools", page 177

Guides See page 225

Shapes See page 239

Symmetry tools See page 252

Perspective various grids See page 258

Camera tools Navigate the canvas See page 279

The chevron icon indicates that this row of icons may be scrolled sideways to show more icons

If you are using a physical keyboard, press T key to open this menu. For list of all keyboard shortcuts see page 442

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Editing Tools menu Tools to alter content.


Editing Tools

Selection tools See chapter "Selections", page 286

Transformations See page 318

Modification tools See page 338

Pattern tools See page 373

Canvas tools See page 385

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Custom toolbar Create your own toolset.


Drag* any tool icon onto the top bar The icon will remain docked

* Long-press and drag

An example of a custom toolbar; create a better one

Drag more icons to create a custom toolbar

Long-press and drag outside of the toolbar to remove an icon

Long-press and drag to reposition icons

The available number of slots depends on your screen size

You can dock any icon from the Tools menus, Options menu and from Layer options also a number of other tools. Try yourself which ones.

This functionality is available on iPads only Sorry, iPhone users.

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Immersive mode Hide all interface; work on.


You can temporarily hide all interface elements (icons and panels) and continue working with current tool

Tap with four fingers to hide interface See also page 60

To return to regular interface tap again with four fingers

or tap the

icon in the upper-right corner.

In the immersive mode you can still use all gesture controls and keyboard shortcuts (if you use a physical keyboard) See chapter "Gestures" (page 48) to learn more about gestures; page 441 for keyboard shortcuts

Hide interface function does not hide widgets (reference images, color wheel widget and the Navigator window) see page 41 for details

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Docked panels Have them always on.


You can have two panels permanently docked on the left and right side of your screen:

Brush panel combines brush selector and brush options see page 68

Layer panel see page 138

Layer panel hide/show button

Undock the panel

Layer panel can be collapsed to save screen space. See page 139

Close the panel (it will open next time in docked position)

Brush selector panel More on page 68

Main toolbar gets docked as well when you dock the brush panel

To temporary hide the panels (along with the rest of controls) use four-finger-tap gesture. More about immersive mode on page 38 More about gestures in chapter "Gestures" (page 48)

Brush options panel (brush editor) Learn how to use it on page 89

Learn more about the brush panel in chapter "Brushes" on page 61

Learn more about the Layer panel in chapter "Layers" on page 135

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Screen widgets the floating panels

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Screen widgets Have them where you want them.


You can have a number of floating widgets on your screen place them where convenient; scale them with two-finger pinch gestures

Reference images Import photos or your own sketches for reference See page 42

Navigator Keep track of your position on canvas while working on details See page 283

Color wheel pick colors without opening the color panel see page 123

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Reference images Get inspired, not limited.


Use photos for reference and inspiration Place them anywhere on your screen Lean how to import them on page 43

Move, scale and rotate the floating images with two-finger pinch gestures Learn more about gestures on page 51

Reference menu Manage your reference images See page 43 for details

The reference images may be partially hidden behind the screen edge.

Move them away to make more room.

Tip: You can sample colors from reference images by simply tapping with your stylus (or finger in Normal mode) or using the Eyedropper tool See page 132

When reference images overlap tap that one you want on top

You can have as many reference images as you wish in single project Note that in Painter 7 the reference images are stored within your project. Adding multiple reference images may increase the size of your project. If you delete the reference, it will disappear from the project, but the original file will not be affected.

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Using reference images Import them, use them, forget them.


To place an image as reference use Import command from the Options menu with "Import As Reference" option See page 399

Options menu See page 399

Imported photo appears on the screen. Use two fingers to place where you want it.

Learn more about importing images on page 418

Use Reference menu to hide and show your reference images and remove them when no longer necessary

To flip a reference image double-tap on it

Reference image thumbnail

Toggle image visibility (hide/show)

Remove image from the project (this doesn't delete the original image file)

Tip: To quickly hide a reference image drag it with your stylus over the ✖ icon in the middle of the screen. Tip: You can quickly import a photo as a reference image using drag-and-drop technique.

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Undo system You can always backtrack.


Painter allows you to undo any mistake usually more than one mistake as well

Redo button Appears only when undo has been used Tap to undo the undo

Undo button Tap to undo last action Learn how to undo multiple steps on next page.

Long-press on the Undo button to quickly clear content of current layer Note that clearing the layer permanently deletes your painting on this layer.

You can use two-finger-tap gesture to quickly undo mistakes (and three-finger-tap for redo) See page 53

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Undo history Correct huge mistakes. Or just experiment safely.


Painter allows you to undo multiple steps tap undo button once and the history button appears

History button Tap to open the undo history slider

Redo button appears after the first undo

Close the slider Tap to hide the undo history slider

Undo history slider Drag left to quickly undo multiple steps; drag to the right to redo

Note that the number of available undos is limited in version 7 it is 64 steps. Single undo step may be a short brush stroke or a complex operation like merging multiple layers

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Tool settings menu All options in one place.


Tool settings menu groups controls for all currently open tools if they have controls

Tool settings menu

Top bar; see page 33

Tool settings menu may be simple for just a single tool... (here shown Fill tolerance slider)

...or may be very complex if multiple tools are used simultaneously.

Here shown (for example):

Lazy guide options

Fill options

Perspective grid options

Symmetry options

Navigator options

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On-screen feedback system Your head-up display


Painter displays vital information in the upper part of your screen

Numerical readout here: brush size

Visual readout here: brush size

Outer ring shows max size

Inner ring shows current size

Brush settings like size, opacity, flow have real-time on-screen numerical readouts Several other functions like undo system report on screen as well

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GESTURES and gesture-based controls

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Basic gestures for painting and navigation

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Tap and draw Use your finger or a stylus.

If you have a stylus like the Apple Pencil® you gain a lot more precision Note that once you use the stylus, certain functions in Painter may be used with the stylus only. (Learn more about using a stylus on page 529)

You may paint, blend, erase and use any of other tools with your finger alone Select tools by tapping them.

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Navigate around the canvas With two fingers.

Pinch with two fingers to zoom in and out

Rotate canvas with two fingers You can simultaneously zoom and rotate.

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Got lost? It is easy to return to full canvas view

Quickly pinch with your fingers and lift them up To see the entire canvas.

...or double tap with one finger Note that you may assign this gesture to other functions if you wish to. See page 437 for details how to do this.

...or just use a menu command Creative Tools menu

, Fit command

See page 280 for details.

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Undo and redo with gestures So easy.

Tap with two fingers to undo last action Up to 32 steps back.

Tap with three fingers to redo if you changed your mind.

...or use the Undo button in the lower left corner of the screen See page 44 to learn more about undoing things in Painter.

...or use the Redo button in the lower right corner of the screen

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More gestures for convenience and speed

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Long-press Touch-and-hold.

Long press gesture (on canvas) can be bound to any of several actions Default action is the Eyedropper (color picker)

Settings panel

Learn more about Settings on page 437

Long-press on an item in a list gives access to its options *

Brush options (see page 85)

Brush folder options (see page 82)

* Long-press works also with project thumbnails, swatch palettes, color swatches, image thumbnails (in Texture and Pattern selectors and in Clipboard) etc.

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Long-press-and-drag Move things around.

Long-press-and-drag gesture on an item usually allows you to move it

Reorganizing layers

Reorganizing brushes

Reorganizing brush folders

Learn more on page 142

Learn more on page 82

Learn more on page 82

Drag-and-drop images from other applications

Reorganizing projects

Docking tool icons on the top bar

Learn more on page 409

Learn more on page 37

Learn more on page 418

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Brush size with a gesture Don’t bother using sliders anymore.

Drag with three fingers up and down to adjust the size of current brush This works for other tools too.

Max size

Current size

Min size

You may change the brush size in other ways too See how on page 70.

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Brush opacity with a gesture And not only opacity.

Zero opacity

Full opacity

Drag with three fingers left and right to adjust opacity of current brush This works for other tools too.

You may change the brush opacity in other ways too See how on page 71.

Pro tip: you may assign this gesture to changing Flow or Softness of current brush if you wish to. Learn on page 86 how to do that.

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Modify the stylus function with a touch of your finger

Depending on the tool used, the Touch-Alt function yields different results:

While using your stylus, you may quickly change its function by touching the screen with a finger You can touch the screen in any place. The resulting action depends on settings for the Finger function. Default is the Eyedropper (color picker) (See page 437 on details)

For brushes (in Paint, Blend, Erase and Clone modes) — switches stylus to Eyedropper

or to the function set for Finger (Blend, Erase or canvas move)

For Shapes: Rectangle: constrains to square Line: snaps to 15° direction Ellipse: snaps ellipse axis to 15° direction For Transformations: Move: constrains to 45° direction Resize: constrains to 100% size increments

For Gradient and Pattern fills: constrains the fill axis to 45°

For Crop/Resize: keeps original canvas ratio.

Change the finger function here (More about settings on page 437)

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Hide interface with a gesture For full immersion work

Tap with four fingers to hide all interface elements This however does not hide floating reference images and floating color picker so you can still use them in immersion mode.

Tap again with four fingers to return to regular interface

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BRUSHES and how to use them

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Brushes in Painter There are more of them than you expect.

Painter comes with a large collection of built-in (default) brushes Learn more about finding brushes on page 69 You can create new brushes yourself Learn how to use Brush Creator on page 77 You can edit properties of any brush Learn how to use the Brush Editor on page 89 You can download new brushes from the Community For free. See page 80. You can download brush sets from the web There are third-party vendors who offer pro quality brushes. More on page 81.

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Brush modes You can use any brush for any task

Painter provides three basic brush modes for you creative process:

Paint mode — the brush adds color to current layer

Blend mode — the brush blends or smears existing colors

Erase mode — the brush removes unwanted colors from the layer

See page 64

See page 65

See page 66

You switch the modes on the main toolbar (page 32)

If you are using a physical keyboard, press B key for Paint mode, K for Blend mode, E for Erase mode For list of all keyboard shortcuts see page 442

You can also use other ways to quickly switch between the modes. See page 441 You can assign one mode to your finger while using the stylus for another. More about that on page 437.

In each mode you have access to every brush from your collection Note that there are a few specialized brushes that may not work well in certain mode.

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Paint mode Paint; sketch; draw. Apply effects too.

Paint mode is the basic way of using brushes: to apply color

You can use (almost) any brush from your collection in Paint mode. There are however brushes that are designed for blending only like Colorless Blender or Palette Knife; these will not add color. Special effects in brushes work only in this mode. Learn more about adding filters and adjustments to brushes on page 98

Main toolbar (see page 32)

The Paint mode indicator tap again to select another brush (more on selecting brushes on page 68)

Learn more about adjusting current brush size, opacity and other attributes on page 86

In general, the brush in Paint mode applies current color to the active layer However special effects added to the brush may change its behavior. Learn more about special effects brushes on page 98.

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Blend mode Mix colors on your canvas.

In Blend mode the brush blends or smears existing colors on active layer* The effect highly depends on the brush used

You can use (almost) any brush from your collection in Blend mode. Certain special effect brushes may yield unexpected results when used for blending. Note that special effects in brushes are ignored in this mode. Learn more about adding filters and adjustments to brushes on page 98

Main toolbar (see page 32)

The Blend mode indicator tap again to select another brush (more on selecting brushes on page 68)

Note that the color indicator turns into a cogwheel icon.

Blend mode settings

Blur Blurs the pixels and creates softer blending. At 0, this transfers the individual pixels (like a paintbrush would).

Note that Blur, Pull and Flow parameters in the Blend mode settings panel are the same as can be found in the Paint tab of the Brush Editor (see page 97) These settings apply to current brush only and are saved to the brush definition.

Pull Defines the rate at which the underlying color transfers to the brush head. Smaller values create a shorter smudge while higher values hold the smudge longer. Flow Multiplies with the Flow in the head setting specifically when blending. This can create softer blends. Do not confuse it with the main Flow parameter. Sample lower layers *If turned on, the brush "catches" the colors not only from the active layer but also from all layers below it. Even if the lower layers are sampled for color, the blending is applied only to the active layer. Pro tip: This allows you to keep the results of the blending on a separate layer, leaving your original artwork intact.

Note that these settings apply to the current brush only and they are saved to the brush definition automatically.

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