> Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:25:22 -0400 > From: dan...@yacg.com > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] how to draw interrupted lines > > I think you can't really do that. But I will write up a little on how > to work with the paths tool to achieve what you want. It was Inkscape > which taught me how to use the paths tool the best, I think, because the > way Inkscape works, it's all lines and paths and the like. > > I have to go to work now, but will try to steal a few moments to put > something together for you. I think then it will become much clearer. > > But the short answer is "paths tool" and "paint along path." > > > On 04/03/2013 01:19 PM, 3052192 wrote: > > > > Hi friends, > > > > how can I draw in GIMP freehanded *_curved_* > > > > interrupted lines (dotted; dot-dash-dot; dash-dash;...) ? > > > > To create lines first with a pencil and to use then the rubber > > > > gives uneven and so unsatisfactory results. > > > > Thanks for help! > > > > Konrad
Didn't somebody else ask this same question just yesterday? First, as mentioned, you will get smoother results if you use a Path because the "Stroke Path" dialog allows you to specify the dash pattern at stroke time. (Note that -- unlike Inkscape -- GIMP has no "freehand path" tool. The closest you get is drawing with the Freehand selector and then converting it to a path, minding that it does not work for self-intersecting paths.) But if you NEED to paint dashed lines using a freehand paint tool this is actually still possible, it just requires some configuration first... 1 - Create a custom Gradient that represents the dash pattern you want to draw. (Keep in mind that just the same as with stroking a path you can't really do "dots" with this method, only "dashes".) 2 - Create a custom Dynamics set that paints using a gradient (there isn't one in the default package). To do this you need to link "Color" to "Fade" on the Dynamics mapping . (Linking "Angle" to "Direction" also helps if you're painting with a non-round brush.) 3 - Configure your draw tool (pencil, paintbrush, etc.) to use the gradient, the dynamics, and a repeating Fade length (typically sawtooth). Once you have that, your brush size effectively controls your 'stroke width' and 'cap style' (e.g. a round brush yields round caps) and your fade length controls the overall length of the pattern. Then draw away! The first two steps aren't exactly easy, so I've attached a few sample files to demonstrate the process. [I wanted to include a screenshot as well, but that pushed it over the size limits of this mailing list] -- Stratadrake strata_ran...@hotmail.com -------------------- Numbers may not lie, but neither do they tell the whole truth.
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