Canvas Page Features

Here is the Shi-Painter Canvas as it appears when you first open it.

Start Drawing

  1. Menu: At the top left-hand side of the screen are the following permanent features:
    • Upload - for saving your drawing either to "Safety Save" or posting on the "View Drawings" board when you have finished your drawing session.
    • Float - click on this button to make your canvas and work surface open in a separate window. This allows a larger canvas area and work surface. The following dialogue boxes will appear.
      Float 1 Float 2
      Click "Yes" to both.
      When you have finished drawing you can Upload/Save your drawing directly from Float Mode. Click on the "Float" button again if you want to return to Page Mode.
    • Redo and Undo - clicking on these buttons will redo or erase the last strokes you have made. (Undo can be slow; sometimes it is quicker to use an eraser tool.) You can also use keystroke combos - "CTRL-Z" equals Undo, "CTRL-Y" equals Redo.
    • Fill - select this button, and then click on the canvas to fill any unimpeded area of the canvas with the current color.
  2. Toolbar: Is also permanently visible on your work surface. The boxes in the toolbar contain all the tools you will use to make your drawing. (more about the Toolbar later in this tutorial.) Most of the boxes contain more than one tool. You can view all the options within a box by cycle clicking through them or click/hold/slide your pointer/cursor on them until a drop-down menu appears.
  3. Canvas Drawing Surface: This is where your drawing will appear. (There is an option for resizing the canvas at the bottom of this page. However, if you decide to resize the canvas once you have opened this page, any drawing that you have done will be lost.)
  4. Zoom In and Zoom Out: Click on the small box at the lower left-hand corner of the canvas window to enlarge your image for better viewing small details like hair or fur. This program will allow you to magnify several times, using the scroll bars to locate the area in which you wish to draw. The small box in the lower right-hand corner of the canvas does the opposite and will reduce the size of your image in stages. When you save your drawing it will automatically save to the same dimensions you chose when you began.
  5. Vertical and Horizontal Scroll Bars: Vertical is located along the right-hand side of the canvas window and will move the canvas up and down. Horizontal is located along the bottom of the window and moves the canvas from right to left. Use the scroll bars to access those parts of the canvas that are not visible when you have Zoomed In or when you are drawing with a canvas that is larger than 600 pixels. Remember that when you choose a large canvas, you can't see all of it in the window without scrolling. It's easy to forget about that part of the canvas and then find you have a large white stripe at the bottom of your drawing when you have posted. (Don't ask me how I know this.)
  6. Pressure Sensitivity Activator: If you are using a drawing tablet/stylus and have downloaded and installed the Jtablet, click on the small box at the upper right-hand corner of the canvas window to open the sensitivity variations window. (More about this tool later in the tutorial.) This box has no function unless you have installed the JTablet.