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How do I get the pencil to draw an antialiased line?


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The 5.0.1 version I just installed has two choices when the pencil tool is active:
"Pixelated selection quality" (['selection' ??])

"Antialiased selection quality"

I get no difference between the lines drawn whether I choose on or the other.
BTW. I think the qualities should just be labled "Pixelated" & "Antialiased" if indeed this tool is equipped to do that.
 

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7 minutes ago, gregors said:

"Pixelated selection quality" (['selection' ??])

 

Yes, this refers to the selection:

This determines if the active selection should be aliased (pixelated) or antialiased (smoothed). If Pixelated selection quality is chosen the selection boundary will be snapped to the nearest pixel, resulting in a jagged or stepped appearance. If Antialiased selection quality is chosen the selection boundary will be antialiased so the boundary is smoother.

 

 

I think you're looking for the Brush tool, which actually has antialias drawing.

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The Pencil tool cannot draw antialiased lines according to my knowledge and usage of the tool. Its purpose is even meant for aliased artworks and images.
 

The Brush tool would be a better option for what you’re looking for.

   

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The selection quality affects the selection. All drawing, including for the Pencil tool, is clipped to the selection, and will be subject to antialiasing at the edges of the selection unless you switch to pixelated (aliased) selection quality. In other words, this isn't really a setting for the tool so much as for the general drawing system.

 

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15 minutes ago, Rick Brewster said:

All drawing, including for the Pencil tool, is clipped to the selection, and will be subject to antialiasing at the edges of the selection unless you switch to pixelated (aliased) selection quality. In other words, this isn't really a setting for the tool so much as for the general drawing system.


Ah, yes.

I see now that it is explained under 'Selection Clipping Modes' here https://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/SelectionTools.html

Thanks for the reminder.

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