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Improved Drawing

I have been talking to Wesley Eggebrecht who held the amazing Savant x Solaris A1 event on Colorillo.

Eyedropper Tool
This has lead to a new tool: the Eyedropper which can be found under “advanced colors”.

If you’re a little into graphics I don’t need to explain much, but just to be sure: You can use this to pick up a color that already has been drawn. This can be useful to extend an area that was drawn in a certain color without having to tediously try to remember what the hex-code was.

Resembling common drawing programs, I have added a keyboard shortcut to activate the eyedropper tool: i. You can switch back to the pen by pressing the letter b. This now also cycles the width of the pen ([ and ] just make the pen smaller respectively larger).

The killer shortcut in my opinion though is the Alt key. Just while you press the key, the eyedropper is activated. This enables you to draw very quickly: draw, press Alt to pickup a new color from within the picture, let it go and continue to draw.

Second big feature is opacity.

I am not a big drawer but rather a programmer, but Wesley explained to me that he sometimes draws whole pictures at opacity 80%. I understand the concept, you can easily modify existing lines just by drawing over them. In combination with the eyedropper you can also conveniently mix colors, as if it were a painter’s palette.

Combined with these new features a big rewrite of the backend is going online which I have been working on for a long time already. Why a rewrite? Simply put: I hadn’t anticipated the huge number of people drawing on it, so the system was not designed for it.

I still use SVG in the background to generate the PNG presented to you when you open the page, but now the lines are stored in a database, which also allows for more compact storage. I won’t bore you with too much technical detail, but just let me say this: Colorillo has grown to a complexity in the background that I hadn’t expected.

I hope you enjoy the new features. Keep on drawing!

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