The Pencil tool is used to draw free hand lines with a hard edge. Any strokes are rendered using the current brush.

See also: Brush Selection .

Pencil Tool Options

Pencil Settings


The Opacity slider sets the transparency level for the paint. A higher opacity setting results in more opaque paint and a lower setting results in more transparent paint.


The Mode dropdown list provides a selection of paint application modes. A list of these modes can be found in the glossary .


The Incremental checkbox actiavtes incremental paint mode for the tool. More information about incremental mode can be found in the glossary

Pressure Sensitivity

The Pressure Sensitivity section sets the sensitivity levels for input devices that support this option.

Additional Information

Default Keyboard Shortcut: Shift-P

Key modifiers:

  • Ctrl changes the pencil to a Color Picker that will set the foreground color.

  • Alt changes the pencil to a Color Picker that will set the background color.

  • Shift places the pencil tool into straight line mode. Holding Shift while clicking Button1 will generate a straight line. Consecutive clicks will continue drawing straight lines that originate from the and of the last line.