11 - Area Tools Dialog


11.1 - Modality

The Area Tools can be used in two ways: Modal and non-Modal. You choose which at any time by checking or unchecking  Modal Selections at the bottom of the Area Toolbox.

11.1.1 - Modal Selections

 Modal Selections is a considerably faster way to work with images; changes happen immediately when you specify the area, and there are some area selection features that make this quite easy and accurate to do. However, this speed comes at the expense of being able to create multi-selection areas.

11.1.2 - Non-Modal Selections

With  Modal Selections (modal off), you can create a selection, optionally modify it as you see necessary, then command the operation to take place with the O (shift+o) or by Operate in the area toolbox.

When operating in this manner, as an aid to visibility, you can use the w and W (shift+w) keystroke commands to change the color of the area selection outline at any time.

You can add to the current selection by pressing shift when you are completing the selection; you can subtract from it by pressing opt/alt when you are completing the selection. You can clear the current selection with the delete keystoke. You can create an entirely new selection just by making it normally, without pressing any keys.

undo and redo will manage your changes to the area selection as well as changes to images.

11.2 - Area Selects


11.2.0.1 - Entire Image

Keyboard Command: F1

Click and release. The operation is applied to the entire image. There is no antialias provided for entire image operations. This selection is always filled; it ignores the fill and open/close figure settings.


11.2.0.2 - Rectangle

Keyboard Command: F2

Click and drag to size, release, will fill if fill is on. The operation is applied to the selected area. Obeys the rectangular antialiasing option set in the Preferences dialog or by a. The area selection will move if you press and hold the right mouse button as well as the left one.


11.2.0.3 - Numeric Rectangle

Keyboard Command: F3

Enter values, select OK, will fill if fill is on. The operation is applied to the selected area. Obeys the rectangular antialiasing option set in the Preferences dialog or by the a / antialias keystroke.


11.2.0.4 - Ellipse

Keyboard Command: F4

Click and drag to size, release, will fill if fill is on. The operation is applied to the selected area. Obeys the elliptical antialiasing option set in the Preferences dialog or by the a / antialias keystroke. The area selection will move if you press and hold the right mouse button as well as the left one.


11.2.0.5 - Polygon

Keyboard Command: F5

Points are placed with left-click. Polygon is closed, or ended if open drawing is on, with a right-click.

Pressing shift while placing points allows dragging already placed polygon points.

Pressing opt/alt while placing points allows deleting already placed polygon points.

Pressing shift and opt/alt while placing points allows adding new polygon points after the nearest point.

Will fill if open drawing is not on and fill is on. Obeys the polygonal antialiasing option set in the Preferences dialog or by the a / antialias keystroke.


11.2.0.6 - Pencil

Keyboard Command: F6

Click and drag. Will close if open drawing is not on, otherwise will fill, if fill is on. Obeys the penciliar* antialiasing option set in the Preferences dialog or by the a / antialias keystroke.

Note: * Yes, I know there's no such word as "penciliar." I don't care. smile

11.2.0.7 - Text

Keyboard Command: F7

This generates text into a new image. You then typically use the Merge operator to compose the result. It is best to generate the text large if you are going to use it large; this produces the highest quality anti-aliasing. Experiment with smaller text placements. You can also use the t image command to do this. When typing in the text entry box, if you press the tab key, this will immediately close the dialog and generate the text. If you press the esc key, this will immediately close the dialog and cancel text generation. The text generation dialog blocks; that is, you have to close it before you can do anything with the rest of the application.


11.2.0.8 - Magic Wand

Keyboard Command: F8

Click. Tolerance set in the Preferences dialog. Obeys the wandular* antialiasing option set in the Preferences dialog or by the a / antialias keystroke.

Note: * still don't care...

11.2.0.9 - Redo

Keyboard Command: F9

Tip: There are actually two operations in iToolBox called "redo."

The first is this area tool, which will re-select an area in an image.

The second is the redo function, which reverses undo operations.

It can be a little confusing, but as the context in which one would want one or the other is quite different, it'll quickly become second nature.

If you have made an area selection previously, that area selection used again if the image you are using it in is the same size as the image that it was originally made in.

If the image you are applying redo to is not the same size in any dimension, the area selection from the previous selection in another image will be scaled to the current image's size and then applied; if the images are of significantly different sizes, the selection will be less true to the original.

If the images are not the same aspect ratio — for instance, one is square and one is tall & narrow, the aspect of the area selection will change as well.


11.2.0.10 - Magnify

Keyboard Command: F10

Left-click will zoom. Right-click will unzoom, in both cases centering where you click the mouse. You can also zoom with zoom-in, Z (shift+z) Zoom-out, and opt/alt+zoom to 1:1 relative to the window size.

11.3 - Selection Modifiers


11.3.0.1 - Complement

Keyboard Command: shift+F3

The area you did not select is selected.


11.3.0.2 - Filled Figure

Affects polygon, pencil, rectangle, and ellipse.

You will generally want this on. Otherwise, the selection will only be the outline drawn with the area tool.


11.3.0.3 - Open Figure

Keyboard Command: shift+F4

Affects polygon, pencil.

If the figure is open, the polygon and pencil area selections will never be filled, regardless of the setting of the fill button. One circumstance where you might want open figure off is when using the brushstroke operator.

11.4 - Non-selects


11.4.1 - Text Tool

Keyboard Command: F7

See above.


11.4.2 - Eyedropper

Keyboard Command: shift+F2

One-shot activation of the Sample operator using the current area selection mode.


11.4.3 - Preview Eyepoint

Keyboard Command: shift+F1

This is also changable with , , , and in the operator window, and by clicking and dragging on the preview window.) This changes where the operator window previews the operations when it is in 1x or 2x mode.


11.4.4 - Magnify

Left-click to zoom in, right-click to zoom out.


11.4.5 - Status Area

Lets you know at a glance if grid, antialias, etc. are in effect:

  • [A/a] antialias on/off for the current tool ([-] for Entire)
  • [G/g] grid on or off
  • [W/B] White or Black grid color
  • [C/c] is alpha Checking on or off
  • [O/o] is Outside-of-image checking on or off
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