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Bitmap Drawing.

In order to draw with bitmaps in Storyboard Pro, we need to be working on a bitmap layer. So you can create a bitmap layer by going down to the Layers toolbar and clicking on the second icon, Add Bitmap Layer. Depending on whether you're on a bitmap layer or on a vector layer, the tool properties will change even if you have the same tool selected. So the tool that we have selected in this case is the brush tool. You know that you've created a bitmap layer because it has this blue bar on the side. Let me click on the layer stack for a moment, so that's more clear. So it has a blue bar here, whereas a vector layer has a grey bar.

So drawing on a brush tool on a bitmap layer is a lot like painting in Photoshop. So you have a variety of tips here that you can select and maybe I'll select this one right here. I can always change the size and the color, etc. If I started drawing on this layer, what you'll essentially have is a soft-looking, natural-looking area. And it's actually all flattened into a single image, whether I draw without releasing my mouse or pen, or whether I draw individual strokes. I can show you this by selecting the Select Tool and selecting this first drawn element, and you'll see that in fact both objects are also flattened together. So they don't even need to be overlapping in order to have everything be flattened into a single element. With a single vector bounding box, that allows you to move these objects around, scale them, rotate them, etc. This also applies, if I decide to change the color or the texture of the brush. So say for example I choose the colored pencil and I use the color, maybe this burnt brownish color and I do this or take them past to that and increase the size. So if I do this and I try to select just the burnt orange color, you'll see that it hasn't flattened, in fact with the purple strokes underneath.

The advantage of using bitmap brushes over vectored textured brushes is that they give you finer drawing control. You feel like you're really drawing with colored pencils or charcoal or pastel on paper. It gives a really nice natural look, as you can see here. As well as what you can see here with Terry's glow, and the layering of colors, how the yellow peeks out beneath the pink or this golden color beneath the brown. You've got a really lovely mixture of colors and textures together.

In addition to this, textured strokes on a bitmap layer are actually lighter than textured strokes on a vector layer. However, they are in fact not editable with the contour editor tool or the prospective tool. As you can see as this entire group of tools is grayed out from the Tools toolbar. I'm going to click on a vector layer, you'll see that these tools then become enabled. So the contour editor, the prospective, the edited gradient texture, etc., as well as the pencil tool. So instead of manipulating the contours of individual strokes using the Contour Editor tool, you can actually just use the Eraser Tool. And try to give it a similar size and softness as the brush that you were using, in order to get that kind of natural feeling that you get. I'm using the real light medium.

One last disadvantage is also that, any of the drawing elements that you create on a bitmap layer is obviously resolution dependent. So if you decide to zoom in to these= textures, you can see at a certain point they start to look pixilated. So that's a bit of a disadvantage. Also if you're going to do is zoom out and you need all of sudden to scale the drawn elements that had been created with textured brushes on a bitmap layer, those elements would also be kind of pixilated. So you really have to plan ahead with how you're going to use bitmap drawing. But of course once again the recommended is when you're going to create a lovely textured drawing, with lots of colors and shading.