forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, graphics are composed of mathematical data. Pixels are great for creating expressive natural-media style brushes, vectors are great for creating precisely controlled imagery. Painter is primarily a pixel-based application, but it also contains a subset of vector-based tools called can be used in a wide variety of situations—even for pixel-centric work. This installment will provide an overview of Shapes' controls. In the next installment, we'll cover the various ways are merely descriptive terms for two basic types of computer-based image-making, each with its own particular strengths. is a basic unit of digital image-making. A generic pixel contains position-specific color and transparency (alpha channel) information within the context of an image made up of a massive array of pixels. A pixel-based image is akin to a mosaic of millions of colored tiles arranged to produce a recognizable image. In is only under extreme enlargement that individual pixels are obvious within an image. For the most part, Painter users do not deal with pixels on an individual basis. Painter handles all of the heavy lifting required to paint with millions of pixels in real-time to produce the illusion of oils, chalks, watercolors, and so on. graphics are made up of lines, curves, objects, and fills that are all calculated mathematically. Vector graphics enable both high precision as well as high resolution imagery. graphics are particularly well-suited to the creation of crisp graphic shape, line work, and text. Pixel-based tools such as brushes cannot interact with Shapes. behave much like the vector tools found in such applications as CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator. The resulting point and curve segments—referred to as a tools. All of the the vector layer types can be converted to a pixel layer for enhancement with Painter's pixel-based tools. tool as a highly controllable selecting tool to extract a complex element from a pixel-based image, such as a photograph. We'll cover this in greater detail in the next installment. (Macintosh) can be used to pop up a context-specific menu at the cursor location. This menu contains a set of adjustments: cursor is positioned over the control handles, the cursor changes to indicate its transformation adjustment function at that control handle. tools. In the next installment, we'll use this map to explore how these tools occupy a swiss army knife-like role within Painter. Source.