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IcoFX makes more than 30 tools available to select, edit and retouch your images. The active tool can be selected from the Tools Panel. Most tools have a Tool Properties bar that is displayed under the main tool bar. On this tool bar you can set the behavior of the tool. The Alt + [ and Alt + ] shortcuts will decreade/increase the size of the tool's brush.

Note: You can cancel the drawing of most tools by pressing the Esc key while dragging.

Tools
The Tools Panel
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Selection Tools

Selecting is a very important part of image editing. It gives you the opportunity to work with just a part of the image. If you select a part of the image all painting, adjustments and effects will be applied only to the selected area.

Rectangular Selection Rectangular Selection

The Rectangular Selection allows you to select a rectangular portion of the image.

Selection Properties On the properties panel you can select the selection mode. If you select "New selection" then a new selection will be created and the old selection will be lost. The "Add to selection" mode allows you to extend your existing selection. This will add the selected area to the previous selection. The "Subtract from selection" mode allows you to subtract a part of your selection. By checking the "Anti-alias" check box the edge of the selection will be anti-aliased resulting in a softer selection edge.

If you selected the "New selection" mode then you can also move an existing selection. If you move your mouse inside an existing selection and drag it you can move the selection. Clicking on the image (outside the selection) will deselect your old selection.

If you hold down the Shift key while selecting the selection will be equilateral.

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Elliptical Selection Elliptical Selection

The Elliptical Selection allows you to select an elliptical portion of the image.

Selection Properties On the properties panel you can select the selection mode. If you select "New selection" then a new selection will be created and the old selection will be lost. The "Add to selection" mose allows you to extend your existing selection. This will add the selected area to the previous selection. The "Subtract from selection" mode allows you to subtract a part of your selection. By checking the "Anti-alias" check box the edge of the selection will be antialiased resulting in a softer selection edge.

If you selected the "New selection" mode then you can also move an existing selection. If you move your mouse inside an existing selection and drag it you can move the selection. Clicking on the image (outside the selection) will deselect your old selection.

If you hold down the Shift key while selecting the selection will be a circle.

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Lasso Selection Lasso Selection

The Lasso Selection allows you to select a custom shaped portion of the image.

Selection Properties On the properties panel you can select the selection mode. If you select "New selection" then a new selection will be created and the old selection will be lost. The "Add to selection" mode allows you to extend your existing selection. This will add the selected area to the previous selection. The "Subtract from selection" mode allows you to subtract a part of your selection. By checking the "Anti-alias" check box the edge of the selection will be anti-aliased resulting in a softer selection edge.

If you selected the "New selection" mode then you can also move an existing selection. If you move your mouse inside an existing selection and drag it you can move the selection. Clicking on the image (outside the selection) will deselect your old selection.

If you hold down the mouse button while drawing the selection then the selection will follow the cursor. You can also click on given areas of the image and you will get polygonal selection. To end a selection double click the image or click near the starting point of the selection (marked with a rectangle).

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Magic Wand Magic Wand

The Magic Wand allows you to select an area of the image that has similar color.

Magic Wand Properties On the properties panel you can select the selection mode. If you select "New selection" then a new selection will be created and the old selection will be lost. The "Add to selection" mode allows you to extend your existing selection. This will add the selected area to the previous selection. The "Subtract from selection" mode allows you to subtract a part of your selection. You can select the tolerance of the selected color. A smaller value means that only very similar colored pixels will be selected. A greater value allows a greater difference between the pixel colors.

If you selected the "New selection" mode then you can also move an existing selection. If you move your mouse inside an existing selection and drag it you can move the selection.

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Crop Crop

Using the Crop tool you can select an are of the image that will be kept. All the rest of the image will be lost. This will change the image size.

Crop Properties On the properties panel you can precisely select the position and size of the crop rectangle. Pressing the "Crop" button will crop the image. Press the "Reset" button to reset the crop rectangle.

You can select the area to crop also by dragging a rectangle with your mouse on the image. If you hold down the Shift key the rectangle will be equilateral. If you have a selection on the image the crop rectangle will be initialized with the area of the selection. This way you can also use the selection tool to select the crop area.

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Move Move

Using the Move tool you can move and resize the selected pixels.

Crop Properties Using the alignment buttons you can easily align the selected pixels to the left, right, top or bottom of the canvas. You can also center the selected pixel using the align buttons.

If you check the "Show transform controls" check box then small control rectangles will appear on the border of the selected area. By dragging these rectangles you can resize the selected pixels. If you hold down the Shift key while resizing then the selection will keep its aspect ratio.

If you drag a selection the selected part of the image will be cut out from the image and you can move it freely. If you hold down the Alt key when you start dragging then the selected part of the image will not be cut out. If there is no selection and you start dragging then the whole image will be dragged.

For a greater precision you can move the selection also by holding down the Shift key and pressing the arrow keys.

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Painting Tools

Painting tools allow you to draw your image. Most painting tools in IcoFX offer you the ability to choose different brush styles, blend modes and gradients.

Brush Brush

Using the Brush tool you can draw using different brush styles and blend modes.

Brush Properties The properties panel shows the preview of the currently selected brush. You can change the size and blend mode of the brush. If you press the "Airbrush" button then the brush tool will simulate an airbrush painting continuously while you hold down the mouse button.

If you draw using the left mouse button the foreground color will be used, if you use the right mouse button then the background color will be used.

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Pencil Pencil

The Paint tool allows you to draw with more precision than the brush tool. It will draw hard edged lines.

Pencil Properties On the properties panel you can select the shape of the pencil: rectangle or circle. Additionally you can change the size and blend mode of the pencil.

If you draw using the left mouse button the foreground color will be used, if you use the right mouse button then the background color will be used.

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Line Line

Using the Line tool you can draw straight lines.

Line Properties On the properties panel you can select the width and blend mode of the line. Additionally you can select the dash style and the shape of the end and start line cap.

If you draw using the left mouse button the foreground color will be used, if you use the right mouse button then the background color will be used.

If you hold down the Shift key while you draw your line you can easily draw horizontal and vertical lines and lines at 45°

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Curve Curve

Using the Curve tool you can draw curves.

Curve Properties On the properties panel you can select the width and blend mode of the line. Additionally you can select the dash style and the shape of the end and start line cap.

To start a curve click on the image where you want to start the curve. To continue the curve continue clicking on the image. To end the curve double click or right click the image.

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Rectangle Rectangle

Using the Rectangle tool you can draw rectangles.

Rectangle Properties On the properties panel you can select the outline width, blend mode and opacity of the rectangle. You can select the outline style: Outline only, Outline and fill, Fill only. You can also select the style of the fill. If you choose gradient fill the you can select additional gradient fill options like angle, center or focus scale.

To draw a rectangle simply press the mouse button and drag. If you hold down the Shift key then you will get a square.

If you draw using the left mouse button the foreground color will be used for the outline, if you use the right mouse button then the background color will be used.

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Ellipse Ellipse

Using the Ellipse tool you can draw ellipses.

Ellipse Properties On the properties panel you can select the outline width, blend mode and opacity of the ellipse. You can select the outline style: Outline only, Outline and fill, Fill only. You can also select the style of the fill. If you choose gradient fill the you can select additional gradient fill options like angle, center or focus scale.

To draw an ellipse simply press the mouse button and drag. If you hold down the Shift key then you will get a circle.

If you draw using the left mouse button the foreground color will be used for the outline, if you use the right mouse button then the background color will be used.

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Rounded Rectangle Rounded Rectangle

Using the Rounded Rectangle tool you can draw rectangles that have rounded corners.

Rounded Rectangle Properties On the properties panel you can select the outline width, corner radius, blend mode and opacity of the rectangle. You can select the outline style: Outline only, Outline and fill, Fill only. You can also select the style of the fill. If you choose gradient fill the you can select additional gradient fill options like angle, center or focus scale.

To draw a rectangle simply press the mouse button and drag. If you hold down the Shift key then you will get a square.

If you draw using the left mouse button the foreground color will be used for the outline, if you use the right mouse button then the background color will be used.

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Custom Shape Custom Shape

Using the Custom Shape tool you can draw different kind of shapes.

Custom Shape Properties On the properties panel you can select the outline width, blend mode and opacity of the shape. You can select the outline style: Outline only, Outline and fill, Fill only. You can also select the style of the fill. If you choose gradient fill the you can select additional gradient fill options like angle, center or focus scale.

To draw a shape simply press the mouse button to start drawing and click where you want to have the edges of the shape. To finis the shape double click or right click the image.

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Text Text

Using the Text tool you can draw texts on your image.

Text Properties

On the properties panel you can enter the your text on the Text edit box. This text will be displayed on the image. You can also select the font, size, angle and style of the text.

To draw a text on the image enter the text in the Text edit box and click on the image. If you click with the left mouse button the text will be drawn with of the foreground color. If you press the right mouse button then the background color will be used. You can also move the text with the mouse. You can change the properties of the text until you reached the desired text format. To finalize the text press the Apply button. Using the Cancel button you can cancel the text drawing.

The first rectangle of the properties panel displays the selected text style. You can right click it and select "No Style" from the popup menu to drop the style.

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Fill Fill

Using the Fill tool you can fill with a given color an area of the image that has similar color.

Fill Properties On the properties panel you can select the tolerance of the fill. A smaller value means that only very similar colored pixels will be filled with the new color. A greater value allows a greater difference between the pixel colors.

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Gradient Gradient

Using the Gradient tool you can fill the image or selection with a gradient of colors.

Gradient Properties On the properties panel you can see a preview of the selected gradient. You can also set the blend mode and opacity of the gradient.

Additionally you can select between the gradient types:

  • Linear Gradient
  • Reflected Gradient
  • Radial Gradient
  • Diamond Gradient
  • Angle Gradient

Based on the selected gradient type you can have additional settings like the center of the gradient or focus scale. To reverse the order of colors in the gradient fill, check the Reverse check box.

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Eraser Eraser

Using the Eraser tool you can erase a part of your image.

Eraser Properties On the properties panel you can see a preview of the brush that will be used. You can set the size and hardness of the brush.

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Color Eraser Color Eraser

Using the Color Eraser tool you can erase a part of your image that has a given color.

Color Eraser Properties On the properties panel you can see a preview of the brush that will be used. You can set the size and hardness of the brush. You can select the tolerance of the color that will be erased. A smaller value means that only very similar colored pixels will be erased. A greater value allows a greater difference between the pixel colors.

The color eraser will erase the color from the image that is similar to the foreground color.

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Retouching Tools

These tools will help you to retouch your image. You can blur, sharpen, brighten and darken your images.

Blur Blur

Using the Blur tool you can blur certain areas of your image to hide details.

Blur Properties On the properties panel you can set the size of the brush and the level of the blur. A greater the blur level will apply a stronger blur effect on your image.

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Sharpen Sharpen

Using the Sharpen tool you can sharpen certain areas of your image to reveal details.

Sharpen Properties On the properties panel you can set the size of the brush and the level of the sharpening. A greater the level will apply a stronger sharpen effect on your image.

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Brighten Brighten

Using the Brighten tool you can brighten certain areas of your image.

Brighten Properties On the properties panel you can set the size and hardness of the brush.


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Darken Darken

Using the Darken tool you can darken certain areas of your image.

Darken Properties On the properties panel you can set the size and hardness of the brush.


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Flip Vertical Flip Vertical

Using this tool you can vertically flip your image or layer.

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Flip Horizontal Flip Horizontal

Using this tool you can horizontally flip your image or layer.

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Rotate Left Rotate Left

Using this tool you can rotate your image or layer to the left by 90°.

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Rotate Right Rotate Right

Using this tool you can rotate your image or layer to the right by 90°.

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Other Tools

IcoFX also makes available tools for viewing the images. You have a tool for zooming, panning, measuring the image.

Color Picker Color Picker

Using the Color Picker tool you can pick a color from your image and make it foreground or background color.

Picker Properties On the properties panel you can see the color of the pixel that is right beneath the mouse pointer. It displays the color in RGB and HSB mode. The alpha channel value is also displayed. If you check the "Ignore Alpha" check box then the alpha channel of the color will be ignored and an alpha value of 255 (fully opaque) will be used instead.

To select the color as foreground color press the left mouse key on the image. Pressing the right mouse key the color will be selected as background color.

If you hold down the shift key while you select a color then the previous tool will be automatically reselected so you can continue o edit the image.

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Ruler Ruler

Using the Ruler tool you can measure the image.

Ruler Properties You can draw lines from one pixel to another and you can see the coordinates of the line. The properties panel also displays the angle and length of the line.

If you hold down the Shift key while you draw your line you can easily draw horizontal and vertical lines and lines at 45°

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Zoom Zoom

Using the Zoom tool you can zoom in and out the image.

Zoom Properties Using the buttons on the properties panel you can zoom in and out your image. With the "Original Size" button you can set the zoom level to 100%. Using the "Fit Window" button you can set a zoom level that allows the image to fit the window. Using the zoom combo box you can select a predefined zoom level or enter your desired zoom level.

To zoom in with the zoom tool left click on the image. Using the right mouse key you can zoom out. You can zoom also by drawing a rectangle on the image using the zoom tool. In this case the selected area will be zoomed.

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Hand Hand

Using this tool you can pan the image. This is useful because you can move the image at great zoom levels without zooming out and zooming in again.

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