Drawing Basics

                                                               What are the tools on the side bar?
The Brush tool is the default tool. This brush does not place on the board until you let go of the stroke (generally used for alpha or blend mode purposes).
The Airbrush tool is similar to the brush tool, except its lines will overlap instead of a continuous lines (such as the Brush).
Binary Pencil:
The Pencil tool is quite similar to the airbrush tool, but it does not use anti-aliasing. This tool is often helpful when doing pixels or needing to get sharp lines.
The Eraser tool will act as the brush tool, yet be transparent- so you can erase. (If you are using layers, and it was not transparent, then there would be white everywhere instead of transparency.)
Hard Eraser:
The Hard Eraser, which is only available in Layers, will allow you to erase from not only the layer you are on but on all.
Line Tool:
The Line tool allows you to draw a single line. In order to use this, select the area you want the line to start and drag the line over the are you wish for the line to end.
Text Tool:
The Text tool is used to type text at wherever your cursor is located at. For overly long conversations, use chat instead of text.
Click the save icon (floppy disc) in order to save the whole board. If you have "Advanced Save" , which is located in Configuration, enabled, you will be able to select what area you would like to save. By default any pictures saved are saved into the flockmod gallery. If you want them to save to your computer then go to config and check off  "Save to the online gallery"
(Press the arrow right under dropper for more tools.)
The Fill tool fills (obviously) in an area that is a solid colour (Such as white) with another color of your choice. (Such as pink.) If the fill area is too large, it will not work.
Auto-circle Tool:
The Autocircle tool is usually used for blending colours. This tool will fill the circle with different values accordingly of  the surrounding colours.
Dot tool:
The Dot tool can be used to texture or draw with. This tool makes small dots or noise.
The blur tool will soften and unfocus whatever it is used on. Blur moves inward, not outward- meaning it takes the surrounding colours and pulls them in.
Square Tool:
The Square tool will make a box or square. In order to use the square tool you will need to find what direction you need to go in to make your box. By dragging your cursor to the upper left and right or the bottom left and right, you can make the boxes go where you please.
Circle Tool:
The Circle tool will make a circle. The shape of the circle will depend on how you drag your mouse when making it.
Bell Pepper Brush:
This brush will load the picture onto the board you selected with the bell pepper load (below). They must be in .GBR or .GIH format.
Bell Pepper Load:
The Bell Pepper Load will allow you to load any GIMP brushes you have downloaded onto the board. When you click this button, a window appears allowing you to select from a few default brushes.
Of course, if none of these brushes suit you, simply download another GIMP brush and click "Open custom brush".
Are there any hot-keys for these tools?
For all of the hot-keys you will hold control (for windows) or command (for Macs) with the letter given to get that tool.
Brush: b
Airbrush: a
Binary Pencil: y
Eraser: e
Hard Eraser: h
Line Tool: l
Text Tool: r or t (t often brings up a new tab so there is a second option of r.)
Eyedropper: i
Fill: f
Auto-Circle Tool: j
Dot Tool: g
Blur: u
Square Tool: None currently
Circle Tool: None currently
Bell pepper (GIMP) brush: d
For the hotkeys beyond the arrow, you will have to click the arrow first before you can use the hotkeys to select them. Once you do it fthe first time it will work correctly the next time.

Note: If you do not see some of these tools, the room may have them disabled or it may be a classic room.

                                                                                 Using zoom and  zoom preview

To zoom you can right click on the area you want to zoom in on and select “Zoom in”.  If you are done in that particular area want to switch and want to switch to a new area, or you are done, you can right click once more and select “Reset Zoom”.

A preferred way to zoom in is by holding Ctrl and, if you are a mouse user, then using scroll with your mouse. This will zoom you directly into where your cursor is place on the board. If you would like to drag your screen around the canvas while zoom, hold Ctrl+Click and drag.

You may also use space-bar to zoom in- this also create a zoom-preview, allowing you to see where you are zoomed in on the board. (You can also just hold space-bar to get the zoom preview.)

Zoom Preview

                                                                                        How do I set my colours?

     In order to set your colours, go down to the white dots you see toward the bottom of the screen. (It is located near the Primary and Secondary colour boxes.) Make sure you have the colour that you wish to use selected in the Primary box (The top box) and go to any white dot. Hold shift and click the dot, and your colour should be set inside! In order to get the colour all you have to do is click the circle.

(If you run out of room, don’t worry yourself over having to delete some colours to fit more in, because there is more room! Look to the left of “Chat” and there will be a box that says “Color”. Click “Color” and it will have many more boxes. Feel free to use the default colours set there or place your own colour over them! (This still use shift and click.)

                                                                                        How do I synchronize my board?

     First of all, what is syncing your board? It is simply seeing what somebody else sees. This is extremely helpful for cases in which extreme lag occurs and it causes users to see things that are not actually there. To sync, right click on the user’s name in the userlist and click “Sync boards”. It is highly suggested to sync with 2-3 different users just to make sure they are not out of sync too.

                                                                                     How do I use “Color”?

Color button

To use “Color” just, as it says, hold shift and click any of the white dots (or coloured dots) to replace that colour with your primary colour.

If you want to get one of the colours you have set or one of the ones offered to you, then just click on the colour, without holding shift, and it will be your colour!


 How do I use the Hotkey Circle?

This can be found by holding shift while using any other tool but the “Text Tool”. In asking the purpose for it? Well, the name justifies itself! To make these work, simply hover over the one you want to use while holding shift and then let go of shift and it should take action!

Size (Up and down) Scrolls your brush size from a lower size to a high size, or vice versa.

Swap Eraser Swaps between your drawing tool and an eraser (Hard Eraser or Eraser depending on room type).

Swap Color Swaps between your Primary colour and your Secondary colour

Brush (Left and right) Goes down the list if you choose the right Brush, and it goes up the list if you choose the left Brush. (Note: This tool skips over the text tool.)

Pan This will toggle panning mode, allowing you to drag the canvas around while zoomed in.

Z in and Z out This will let you zoom in and out.

    • How do I use Size, Alpha, Blur, and Zoom?

Size: This will allow you to change your brush size.

Alpha: Alpha is better known as transparency/opacity. With a low alpha, the more you go over your stroke the less transparent it gets. Lower alpha goes “under” darker colors as if a layer.

Blur: Blur makes the stroke you make blurry.

Zoom: This will allow you to zoom in. (Using this will zoom you directly into the middle.)


  • How do I use RGB HSV (Red Blue Green, Hue Saturation Value)?

RGB are the three hues of light. When all three of the bars are at their highest (255), white will be your primary colour. When all three of the bars are set at their lowest (0), then black will be your primary colour.


Hue  is the base pigment.

Saturation  is essentially the depth of the pigment. More saturation means more pigment. Less saturation means tint or a lighter shade of the colour you have selected.

Value  is the darkness of the pigment. (Basically grey-scale)




                                                                      How do I use the Colour Wheel?

Using the Colour Wheel is quite simple, so have no worries!

The outer circle is essentially Hue. It allows you to pick from any of the colours you see.

The inner diamond will allow you to use Saturation and Value.

Triangle Colour wheel

If you do not like that the inner part of the Color Wheel is a diamond, you have the option to change it to a square! Simply hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click on the diamond and it will turn itself into a square!

Sqaure Colour wheel


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