> But of course under the hood it's the same paint core with just one > setting changed. But that is true for more tools. Paint tools, as the > user sees them, are solely a user interface thing. They represent a > certain bunch of properties set on the paint core. We could of course > expose all these properties to the user and doing so would allow us to > merge some tools. But actually I think it would be much better if we > would offer more presets to choose from. Instead of merging Pencil and > Paintbrush we should rather offer more variants like a "Soft Pencil" > that works more like what Liam expects, a "Hard Pencil" for > pixel-pefect icon retouching, a "Crayon", ...
It makes me think that maybe it would be good to offer such presets, agrred, but only if there's a way for user to define custom toolsets. So, instead of one fixed palette for everyone, we would have a flexible one. You want to draw or digipaint with GIMP? Fine! Have your own set of brushes for that. Possibly even with some colors preassigned. You want to retouch a photo? Okee! Have your set of smudges, patches, stamps, whatever rows your boat :). Anyway _your_ set of tools for _specific_ need, without a clutter of tools that you'll never use for your task. Maybe it all could be bound in one “perspective”, “workspace” or whatever-to-be-called that could be easily interchangeable between users (e.g. as a sinle file). This, I think, would give us one GIMP core with multitude of faces. Heck! Maybe even GIMP as raw photo editor for that matter ;). Best regards! thebodzio
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