Please, take a look if what is requested here fullfills your needs:
http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119240 - or what would
needed to be adeded there.
On Sunday 06 January 2008 03:25, Brian Vanderburg II wrote:
> This is an idea that I think would be very nice to have in GIMP.
> It would probably take a bit of programming, and I can't do that
> I'm not sure of the proper terms, so I will define what I mean:
> Controller - A source of data that is used to modify an attribute
> of the brush
> Attribute - Part of the data for a brush, such as size, color,
> opacity, angle, etc, etc. Can be modified by a controller.
> The current control-to-attribute has few features and does not
> offer a great deal of control to the user. It only supports one
> control and a few attributes. Additionally, for the attributes,
> there is no specification for how much the attribute is affected.
> What I mean is, in the toolbox you can check to have the pressure
> affect the opacity, but not by any given range.
> Each attribute connected to a control should have some parameters.
> Three important ones are start-adjustment, end-adjustment, and
> adjustment-type can be 'absolute', 'relative', or 'percent', and
> start-adjustment/end-adjustment would the the absolute, relative,
> or percentage of adjustment caused to the selected attribute based
> on the value of the controller.
> If adjustment-type is 'relative', adjustment-start is '-10',
> adjustment-end is '10', the selected attribute is brush-size, and
> the brush size is currently 76, then the controller would cause the
> brush to go from 66 to 86. if the controller value at the time the
> data is sampled is 0, then it would be 66, if the controller value
> is 1, it would be 86.
> If adjustment-type is 'absolute', adjustment-start is '50',
> adjustment-end is '75', the selected attribute is brush-size, and
> the brush size is currently 76 (that does not matter since it is
> absolute), then the controller would cause the brush to go from 50
> to 75. if the controller value at the time the data is sampled is
> 0, then it would be 50, if the controller value is 1, it would be
> If the adjustment-type is 'percent', then it is relative but by
> percentage. If adjustment-start is '50% (0.5)', adjustment-end is
> '150% (1.5)', the selected attribute is brush-size, and the brush
> size is currently 76, then the controller would cause the brush to
> go from 38 to 114. if the controller value at the time the data is
> sampled is 0, then it would be 38, if the controller value is 1, it
> would be 114
> adjustment-start can also be larger than adjustment-end, to cause
> the opposite affect. For example, to have the opacity be higher
> with a 'soft' pressure than with a 'hard' pressure
> Controller-attribute chain:
> The design could be such that for each controller, the user can
> select which attribute(s) is modified, and set the parameters, the
> problem is that one controller can only be connected the attributes
> and shares the parameters
> [Checkbox] - Controller1 Enabled
> [Checkbox] - Attribute1 affected
> [Checkbox] - Attribute2 affected
> [Checkbox] -AttributeN affected
> [RadioBox]-Adjustment Type
> [NumberBox]-Adjustment Start
> [NumberBox]-Adjustment End
> This would allow the user to enable the controller, tell it that
> the controller affects this attribute and that one, and the
> parameters. But the parameters are the same for
> Controller1->Attribute2 and Controller1->Attribute2. It would be
> desired to have separate parameters for different
> controller->attribute links. For example, pressure may vary
> opacity by a certain amount, but size by an even greater amount,
> for this to be, they can't share parameters.
> A controller-attribute chain is really just a list of what
> controller affects what attribute, and parameters for that specific
> struct ControllerAttributeSomethingOrAnother
> int controllerSource;
> int targetAttribute;
> AdjustmentType type;
> double start;
> double end;
> When a given brush is applied, each item in the chain would be
> applied to the 'original' brush attributes, modifying it by some
> BrushAttributes b = GetCurrentBrushAttributes();
> foreach item in chain
> // interpolate the controller value with the start/end range
> // so that controller value 0 represents the start value and
> controller value 1 represents the end value
> double control_value =
> GetControllerValue(item.controllerSource) * (item.end - item.start)
> + item.start;
> double value;
> case 'absolute'
> value = control_value;
> case 'relative'
> value = control_value +
> case 'percent'
> value = control_value *
> b.SetAttributeValue(item.targetAttribute, value);
> It would also be possible for the same attribute to be affected by
> two different controllers. Order does matter for such things, such
> as Pressure->Opacity percent 0%-100%
> Direction->Opacity relative -0.2-0.2
> Inital opacity: 75% (0.75)
> Pressure controller: 0.75
> Direction controller: 0.75
> 1. opacity becomes 56% (0.5625) from Pressure->Opacity
> 2. opacity becomes 66% (0.6625) from Direction->Opacity
> Results if order is switched:
> 1. opacity becomes 85% (0.85) from Direction->Opacity
> 2. opacity becomes 63% (0.6375) from Pressure->Opacity
> Additional types of controllers and attributes:
> I also think it would be nice if there were some additional
> controllers and additional attributes:
> pressure - Same as usual, represents the pressure, only
> specialized devices can use it (tablets)
> tilt - Again only special devices can support it
> rotation - Not the same as 'direction' below, but some devices
> can detect the rotation of the pen on the tablet, or so I've heard
> direction - Based on sampling the position of two points, determine
> the direction of the line from the first point to the second point
> speed - Determine timing between the sampling of two points noise -
> A random source from 0 to 1. This can allow the 'jitter' option to
> be applied to other things, such as jitter the color or size as
> Note that a 'noise' controller is different than a
> 'jitter' attribute It allows an attribute to be 'randomly'
> changed. It can even be connected to the 'jitter' attribute to
> allow the jitter radius to be random.
> gradient - When using a gradient for a stroke, normally it is
> based on the movement of distance. This would allow a controller
> to select what part of the gradient to use. The valid range would
> be from 0 (start of gradient) to 1 (end of gradient). The initial
> value of this attribute would be computed as normal (distance into
> the stroke and the length), and adjustment types would still work,
> absolute specifying an exact position, and relative/percent
> specifying a position offset from where it is 'supposed' to be in
> the gradient
> angle - One useful combination would be to connect a
> 'direction' controller to the 'angle' attribute, so it seems that
> the brush is rotating with the stroke. This means that 'direction'
> and 'angle' would need to be in the same orientation, either both
> clockwise or both counter clockwise.
> jitter - The position of the applied stroke. Default value is
> 0 (draw where the cursor is), but it can be adjusted by by a
> controller if desired. For example, a light pressure can draw
> directly at the given position and a hard pressure can increase the
> jitter radius.
> GUI interface:
> A new dialog would exist which would allow the creation of the
> controller-attribute chain. Some features would thus be removed
> from the toolbox. It may still be desired to have a separate
> 'chain' per tool, similar to how the settings of one tool can be
> difference from the other tool, and when selecting the first tool,
> it will restore it settings like blend mode/etc. It may be
> desirable to implement separate chains per tool, so when the user
> selects one tool, it's chain is used, and when selecting another
> tool, it's chain is reloaded and used.
> This new dialog would consist of a list-like control that is by
> default empty, with a +/- button to add a new item to the chain.
> Pressing '+' would insert a new item with default values, '-' would
> remove the selected item, also maybe a '*' to clone the current
> Attached is a small mock-up of an idea for the interface. It shows
> 3 items in the list chain.
> *Pressure will adjust the opacity by the current value from 0 to
> 100 percent. If the brush opacity is 75%, then it will vary from 0
> to 75% based on the pressure.
> *Pressure will adjust the size by the current value from -20 to 50.
> If the brush size is currently 45, it will vary from 20 to 95
> based on the pressure
> *Direction will adjust the angle by an absolute value from 0 to 1.
> (0 to 360 degrees of direction will adjust the angle of the brush
> from 0 to 360 degrees). Since it is absolute, the current brush
> angle is disregarded. If it was relative, it would be added to the
> current brush angle. More often, relative would probably be the
> desired setting and not absolute, as the initial 'angle' for the
> brush may be properly set. Also, how this would work for bitmap
> brushes would be unclear, (the bitmap would be rotated, and may
> loose quality), but if it was a vector brush, it would probably
> work fine as rotation would not cause bad quality..
> Again this is just an idea that I think would be useful and would
> love to see in a future version. The code shown is just the idea
> for operation, I don't know much about the actual GIMP code.
> Brian Vanderburg II
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