paintbbs normal tutorial
by Zenia

paintbbs normal This is the look of the Normal PaintBBS. The key components are labelled, things like send and redo, undo and fill are left unlabelled as they are obvious.

Each tool in the tools palatte can be clicked several times to get a diiferent tool! There are  25+ tools!In this tutorial, I will be telling you what each and every feature is for, to the best of my abilities.


Resizing the Canvas
Tools Palette
Colors Palatte
RGB Sliders
Redo, Undo and Fill
Brush Size
Quick Ref
Layer Control
Zoom In and Out

float Float -- this tool will make the drawing applet full screen size. very helpful for those that use a large canvas.
Canvas -- is the part of the applet that you draw on.
size the first set of boxes is to resize the drawing canvas.
the X means how  'wide' the drawing will be.
the Y means how 'tall' the drawing will be.
the maximum size for both is 500pixels
the second set of boxes means the applet size (the purplw checkered part)
the X is how wide it is
the Y is how tall it is.
note: you MUST resize before you begin drawing. if you fail to do this and resize partway through a drawing, your image will become messed up and there is no chance of retrieval. another note, if you are aske dif you want to "restore" your image after a resize, click no or cancel. if you fail to do this, the bottom of the canvas will be messed up.
click "modify to change the sizes when you are done entering your numbers.
Tools Palatte -- there are  30 different tools to choose from.
solid will create solid lines
watercolor will create watercolor paintlike lines
text will create text. but only in one font style.
halftone will create halftones. like comic book shading.
blur also called shadeoff. this tool wil blur your colors together. the strength is determined by the opacity setting.
light is similar to photoshop's "dodge" tool. it makes the area you are working on lighter. this tool is best for metals.
dark again, this is like photoshop's burn tool.  it makes the area you are working on darker. this is best for metals.
rect creates a solid rectangle shape. click and drag to make it.
linerec creates an ouline of a rectangle by clicking and dragging. use brush size to adjust the width of the line.
oval just like the rect tool, but it makes an oval.
lineoval just like linerec but it makes an oval.
copy click and drag across the area you wish to copy. then drag the box to a new area. warning: will only work on one layer.
lay-unif moves the contents of one layer to another. if you want everything in layer FG, then click layer fg, then click and drag.
antialias removes the 'jaggies' of solid lines. good for bluring the whole pic. or large areas at a time.
fliphorizontal click and drag across the area you want to 'flip' it flips left to right.
flipvertical click and drag  across the area you wish to flip up and down.
rotate flips the image 180degrees clockwise.
white works like the solid tool, but it removes any trace of color from the layer you are on.
whoterec click and drag to remove any trace of color from one layer.
clear click once to remove everything from both layers of the canvas.
freehand create lines freehand.
line click and drag to create perfectly straight lines.
bezier click and drag from start to finish, then you get two clicks to make a curve. good for mouse users.
normal one color can color over another normally.
mask makes it so the active color cannot be colored over.
remask makes it so only the active color can be colored on.
and colors under hues lower than the current chosen color.
divide colors under hues higher than the current chose color.
             the current/active color by default is black. to change it, right click in the se boxes with a different color.
colors there are 14 premade cdolors to choose from.
you can also change these colors by adjusting the rgb sliders.
a bit of practice is required to be able to use the rgb sliders to
produce the colors you want.
rgb sliders this is the rgb slider.  R is red G is green and B is blue.

redo in essence it will undo an  undo..
undo will undo an action on the canvas.
fill is a paintbucket and will fill an entire area with color.
opacity also called the alpha channel. it controls things such as the transparency of a lie, the pattern of the halftome, the anti alias and the blur tol. the higher up the numbers on the opacity bar, the stronger the effect is. the lower the number, the weaker the effect.
brushsize this controls the size of your brush. it also controls the width of the linerec and lineoval tools and the text size. the default setting is one pixel, but it can be as large as 30 pixels.
quickref If you right click in one of these it will save your color, tool and opacity level. left click the box to retrieve the settings!
layers you are given two layers. layer FG and layer BG. they are much like two pieces of transparent paper, in that you can color on the  top one and move to the bottom one and not mess up the top one. the best useage imo of this, is to do a sketch on BG, outline on fg then color on either fg or bg after erasing the sketch.
zoom this  is obvious.. click to zoom in and out.
send lastly, send. when you are complete, click this button. a message pops up asking if you are sure you are complete and if you are sure you want to send. if you are done, click ok and the image sends. if the submission was successful, a box pops up and says so. click ok. then it goes to a page that allows you to enter a title, message, and if it contains questionable content, you have the option to click "adult image". then once you are done that, click "submit" there. you are all done.