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Pigment Setting
The setting of pigment is important in Pure ink in order to paint as you wish. Pigment does not mean color only. It is an integration of 1. pigment wetness, 2. brush dryness, and 3. color, and they are controlled through different tools as shown in this figure.

Pigment wetness is the amount of water to dilute the pigment. It affects the concentration and thus the opacity of the pigment. Besides, dilute pigment diffuses more than the concentrated pigment. Brush dryness represents the amount of pigment carried by the brush. It affects the continuity of strokes but not the concentration (and thus opacity) of pigment. Color determines the color value. Light colors are less opaque than dark colors.
This table summarizes the combinations of these three aspects for different effects. The combination in the first row is particularly useful for pigment overlapping.





How to Make Pigment Diffuse
Wet pigment can diffuse. To make the diffusion nice, set the brush dryness and/or the wetness of the foreground and background pigment with a certain difference.





Use of Brush
Ink artists mainly use wolf-hair brush to create various strokes by different techniques. Pure ink programs the mechanism of such brush to simulate vertical brush, side brush and inclined brush.


Vertical brush is achieved by pressing the left button of the mouse.

Side brush is through the right button.

Brush turns to inclined and becomes inclined brush if the 'X' key is pressed, or if the 'down' key is pressed continuously when it is not painting. The inclination of the brush can be adjusted through 'up' and 'down' keys when the brush is not painting.

On the other hand, when the brush is painting, pressing the 'up' or 'down' key or rotating the mouse wheel changes the brush pressure. Various thickness of strokes then can be achieved. If the brush is inclined during painting, rotating the mouse wheel changes the orientation of the brush tip.



When the mouse button is released, the brush tip does not lift up from the paper immediately but gradually as the mouse dragges and this produces a narrow tail for a stroke. Pure ink considers the process from pressing down the mouse button to the moment that the brush tip leaves the paper as one single action for undo.

If the mouse button is pressed down again before the brush tip leaves the paper totally, the new stroke is still considered as the extension of the last stroke. Two strokes belong to the same action for undo.





Layer
Only the paper layer can be painted. All layers on top of the paper layer are for text. Text can be applied into the paper layer with diffusive effect. The text applied into paper is no longer editable but becomes paintable. Selecting 'Export Paper' only exports the paper layer as an image. Selecting 'Export All' exports all visible layers as an image.





Demonstration Videos
Short demonstration videos are available to guide you to paint different elements by using Pure ink. The videos are narrated in Cantonese.

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畫牛


To Paint a Cow

09

畫蝦


To Paint a Prawn

08

畫蟹


To Paint Crabs

07

繪畫蘭花


To Paint Orchid

06

畫竹


To Paint Bamboo

04

繪畫群山

To Paint a group of Mountains

03

繪畫石頭 (3.皴、染、㸃苔)



To Paint a Rock (3. texturing, coloring, and adding moss)

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繪畫石頭 (2.側鋒勾線)

To Paint a Rock (2. outline by inclined brush)

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繪畫石頭 (1.中鋒勾線)

To Paint a Rock (1. outline by vertical brush)

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