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       rgbpaint - A simple pixel-based painting program.


       rgbpaint [options] [image-file] [-stamps file ...]


       rgbPaint is a very basic painting program created by forking mtPaint at version 3.09, and
       then simplifying the user interface. It relies on a small but modifiable palette for
       pixel-based image editing. Images can be saved in ICO, JPEG and PNG formats; files in
       other image formats can be loaded, but not saved in the original format.


       The program accepts the following options:

           Print usage information.

       -d dir
           Use dir as the default directory for loading and saving image files.

           Grab a screen shot during launch.

           Any file names remaining on the command line will be loaded as stamps.

       -svg dir
           Load program icons in SVG format from the directory dir.

       -thumb size
           Set size in pixels that stamp thumbnails should be scaled to (up or down depending on
           original size). The default is 40 pixels on a side; permitted values are in the range

       -u limit
           Set the maximum size of the undo buffer to limit MB. The default is 32 MB; permitted
           values are in the range 1–500.

           Print version information.


       When launched, rgbpaint will use most of its available window area to present a view of a
       large Canvas. At the top there will be a Tasks panel, and a Brushes/Colours panel will be
       at the left edge. It is also possible for a rather narrow Stamps panel containing iconised
       images to be inset at the bottom edge.


       This panel is used for selecting actions, each of which is also accessible via a keyboard
       shortcut. The available actions can be classified into the following groups:

       ·   New image, Load image file, Save image file, Save image file as

       ·   Paint, Flood fill, Make selection

       ·   Cut, Copy, Paste, Paste text

       ·   Undo, Redo, Transform colour, Pan window, Scaling

       The first group deals with creating new blank images and reading from or writing to image
       files. Each action conducts its own safety check in order not to lose unsaved data. It is
       worth remembering that a fresh canvas is white, and that it is surrounded by greyish
       borders if the canvas is smaller than the available window area. A simple dialogue is also
       launched for selecting the size of any new, blank image.

       The second group picks the main mode that rgbpaint should enter. When it is in Paint mode,
       the cursor will become a pencil symbol, while Fill mode displays as a bucket being
       emptied.  Selection mode is more complicated, using more than one icon - see the section

       The third group covers actions that operate on a selected portion of the canvas: Cutting
       out a shape from the canvas, making a Copy in memory of the content within the marked
       area, Pasting the copy back from memory onto the canvas, or opening a dialogue window for
       Text, which will deploy a new selection area just large enough to hold the snippet of text
       specified using the dialogue window.

       The final group lists miscellaneous actions: Undo an editing step, Redo an undone step,
       Transform the overall colour settings, Pan the window across the canvas (a miniature
       window is shown with a pane whose movements are controlled by the arrow keys), or finally,
       set the Scaling of the canvas.

       Some of the icons have the property of becoming dimmed if the action is not accessible at
       a particular moment, indicating that rgbpaint is in an inapproriate mode, that no editing
       steps can be undone/redone, or that no in-memory content exists.


       The Selection main mode is intended for grabbing and manipulating portions of the full
       canvas. It can itself be thought of as being divided into three further states:

           is indicated by a cross-hairs icon and happens when no corner marker has been set.

           shows one out of four corner icons. They all indicate how the next point selected will
           be used to lay down a rectangle together with the previously set corner. To get a
           feeling for this, it is best to experiment a little by moving the pointer around.

           A corner is set by left clicking, and two set corners show up as a rectangle outlined
           by dashed lines. A right click will cancel all corners, and will return to the resting

           means that the pointer is hovering above a selected area, and that this area may be
           moved around. The icon consists of two crossed double-ended arrows, but can look
           similar to a diamond shape with four small, internal squares.

           The selected area can be moved around using the keyboard shortcuts (see the section
           ``KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS''), or by holding the left mouse button down and moving the
           pointer around.


       Here the user chooses a brush and colour for painting, or colour only for flood filling.
       The upper part of the panel holds the ten different brushes, six solid and four thin ones.
       The solid brushes can give a square or a round outline in any of three thicknesses. Out of
       the four available thin brushes, the smallest is so thin as to paint one pixel at a time,
       making possible very accurate brush work. The other three are of larger sizes, but they
       all colour pixels in a random fashion within their outline, so they act somewhat like
       staining a surface.

       In the lower part of the panel there are twenty buttons displaying a palette of available
       colours. Clicking on any of these chooses the corresponding colour for painting, until it
       is replaced.

       An elongated button, between the upper and the lower areas, will always display the active
       colour, and has a further useful function. Clicking the left mouse button on it will
       summon a colour editor. This allows the user to blend a new colour, which will, once
       accepted, replace the colour that was previously active.


       This extra panel, at the bottom of the program window, comes to life only if rgbpaint was
       launched using the command line switch -stamps, followed by the names of existing image
       files. The displayed size of any thumbnail image is determined by the switch -thumb, or
       set to 40 pixels in both width and height.

       If the user left-clicks on a thumbnail image, a copy of the image will appear in the
       middle of the canvas, with the size of the original image, not that of the thumbnail. The
       copy is in fact only a marked area (see the section ``MAKING AND USING SELECTIONS''), and
       can be moved around at will with the left mouse button, until a final right click will
       deposit a copy on the canvas. The marked area is still sitting on top, so it may again be
       moved around to make additional imprints.


       rgbPaint handles cut-and-paste a little differently from most similar applications. To
       make it easier to avoid mistakes, here is a description of how to manipulate chunks of the

       When a rectangular portion of the canvas has been selected, it is possible to perform the
       action Copy. It will take the content of the marked area and save it in-memory for later

       When doing a Cut, the marked area is emptied of its content, so it will appear as a black
       rectangle, but the removed portion will be remembered as in-memory content which remains
       available for pasting back. Observe that copying and cutting can only be performed in
       Selection mode, since a selected area must exist for either action to be sensible.

       On the other hand, the act of Pasting is possible in Paint mode as well as in Fill mode.
       When the pasting action is triggered (by icon or by key stroke) the in-memory content is
       dropped onto the window and it will lie centred on the canvas. It will not yet be painted
       on the canvas, as it is only casting a shadow to display its contents, but it is ready to
       move into position before being imprinted on the canvas. The movement itself was described
       in the section ``MAKING AND USING SELECTIONS''


       Some handy keyboard shortcuts are available. The keys 1–9 change image scaling in
       pre-determined steps. The keys + and - give a fine-grained scaling up or down.

       Any Arrow key moves the mouse pointer in small steps across the canvas; steps which can be
       made larger by pressing Shift-Arrow. When instead using Ctrl-Arrow, the whole canvas will
       shift in the implied direction.


           Change scaling to fixed levels.

       +, -
           Scale up, scale down.

           Summon the Transform colour dialogue.

           Summon the Pan Window dialogue.

           Select Flood fill mode.

           Select Paint mode.

           Quit the program.

           Activate Make Selection mode.

           Summon the Text paste dialogue.

           Make an in-memory Copy of the marked area.

           Prepare a New image, including a sizing dialogue.

           Open a file dialogue for fetching an image.

           Paste the in-memory copy onto a marked area of the canvas.

           Save the image in a file, using the old name.

           Save the image in a file, choosing a new name.

           Cut the selected portion out of the canvas (keeping an in-memory copy).

           Redo the most recently undone action.

           Undo the most recently completed action.


           Move pointer slightly.

           Move pointer in larger steps.

           Move canvas rather than pointer.

           Go to the top of the canvas.

           Go to the far left of the canvas.

       PgUp, PgDn
           Move the canvas up or down, one page at a time.

       Ctrl-PgUp, Ctrl-PgDn
           Move the canvas left or right, one page at a time.


       There is a built-in facility for customising the appearance of the task icons as they
       appear in the Tasks panel. This is mostly an issue for the administrators of kiosk systems
       or similar, not for the casual user. It can also make sense to use this in the command
       string registered for rgbpaint within the Debian menu subsystem, on machines where menu
       access is the only way users are expected to launch the program. See next section for the


       At launch time, rgbpaint will record the current working directory as the default location
       for fetching and storing image files. This is the directory suggested every time a file
       dialogue is brought into action. Using the command line option -d, it is possible to set
       another location. A reasonable choice is "-d ~" for accessing the home directory of the

       The command line switch -svg allows a directory to be specified where rgbpaint should look
       for particular vector image files in SVG format. Their names must all be of the form
       "stock-XXX.svg", where the XXX is one of the following key words: new, open, save, saveas,
       cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, text, paint, fill, select, sun, or zoom. Each will provide
       an icon for the corresponding function in the top panel. A missing icon will be replaced
       by a default choice, but there is no guarantee that the fallback icon will be unique, or
       be relevant for the intended purpose.



       mtpaint(1), rgbPaint's more featureful relative.


       Mark Tyler, Dmitry Groshev


       The original manual page stub was taken as starting point for a complete rewrite as
       Docbook source, and was substantially extended by Mats Erik Andersson and Justin B Rye.
       The new format was chosen in order to simplify translations, and was originally intended
       for use by the Debian project, but the text may be used by others. Permission is granted
       to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the same terms as rgbPaint itself.


       Copyright © 2010 Mats Erik Andersson