Working with Picozu

Pencil and brushes

Click on the Brush icon from the Toolbar and choose Pencil or Brush. You can adjust brush settings like size, type, hardness, flow or tolerance.

Selections

Click the Selection Tool from the Tool bar and choose between Rectangular and Freehand Selection. The second one allows you to make a selection in any shape you want. If you use Freehand selection a new layer will be created with the result of your selection.

Creating Shapes

You can currently create six types of shapes: line, arrow, circle, ellipse, rectangle and rounded rectangle. Select the Shape Tool from the Toolbar and choose the one you like. From the properties bar you can adjust the shape’s fill, opacity, blur, border or corner radius.

Color filing

Click on the Color Fill Tool from the Toolbar. You can adjust the tolerance of the fill. The filling will be made with the foreground color. If you want to change the color just choose another one with the Color Picker Tool or from the Swatches plugin.

Curves

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Picozu has a Digital Effects category in the Filters menu but you can upload your own curves as well.  If you can’t find a filter effect that you want to use among those already existent in Picozu or you simply have an effect of your own that you want to use just go to the Adjustments menu in the Filters window, click Curves and upload your Adobe Photoshop Curves file. You can also drag and drop the file into the editor. After doing so, go to Edit – Adjustments – Curves and choose the uploaded curve. Your uploaded curves will remain there until you decide to use the Clear Curves option which you will find under the curves list.

Filters

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Picozu has more than 120 filters which you can use alone or in any combination you want to enhance your images. Just go to the Filter menu and choose a category from the pop up window. There are currently 15 filter categories.

What you will find in each category:

  •  Adjustments – image settings like brightness, hue/saturation/luminance or others. You can also find here the Curves filter which allow you to upload your own Abobe Photoshop curves files.
  •  Arabesque – in this category you can find various pattern overlays which you can use alone or on a new layer with a blending mode.
  • Blur – simple blur filters
  • Color Deficiency – in this category you will find six color blindness simulation filters.
  • Colorlicious – various color filters from a simple grayscale to a more complex filter like Apply Color LUT.
  • Digital Effects – this category offers you a number of curves based filters.
  • Distortion – image distort filters like mosaic, kaleidoscope or ripples.
  • Edge Detection – from simple edge detection filters like bump or enrich to more complex ones like Prewitt operator or LaPlace detection.
  • Effects – various color effects
  • Noise – noise adding filters.
  • Photography – HDR emulation filter, HDTV emulate and NTSC emulate.
  • Pop Art – pop art inspired filter effects.
  • Retro – various filters that will help you give your images a vintage/retro feel.
  • Sketch – threshold and crayon filters
  • Styles – in this category you will find filters like posterize, solarize, emboss, or X-Ray.

Layers and layer properties

The current version of Picozu support various layer settings such as duplicate, blending mode or arrange layer. You can create a new layer from the Layers menu. You can also use the CTRL+SHIFT+N shortcut.

In the drop down Layers menu you will find the following options:

  • New – new layer, layer via cut and layer via copy
  • Rotate – options like flip or rotate in different angles.
  • Arrange – bring to forward, sent to back or reverse.
  • Delete – you can also make this action by pressing the DELETE key from your keyboard. This will delete your currently selected layer.
  • Next Layer –  you can also use the PAGEUP key for this action.
  • Previous Layer – option that can also be accessed by pressing the PAGEDOWN key from your keyboard.
  • Flatten – merges all visible layers. Action also accessible with the shortcut CTRL+F.
  •  Resize – resize your current layer.

Blending Modes – you will find the blending mode option on the Properties bar. You can use them to blend an image with just one layer; a layer and its copy or an image with two or more different layers.

Regardless of the tool currently selected you can press the arrow keys from your keyboard to move a layer. You can also access layer setting by right clicking on a layer in the Dockbar.

If you have a multi-layered image (.psd or .pzi) you can slice one of the layers directly and create a new image from it by selecting the desired layer and going to Layer – Image from Layer menu.

Workspace

The Toolbar is located in the left side of the editor and its tools are: hand, select, text, shape, crop, brush, color picker, eraser, ruler measurement, color fill, airbrush, swatches and, if enabled, the Charts plugin. You can toggle the Toolbar by clicking it or by using CTRL+2 shortcut.

You will find the Properties bar on the lower side of the editor. You can toggle the Properties bar by clicking it or by using CTRL+3 shortcut.

The Dockbar is located on the right of your editor. You will find in the Dockbar tools as preview image, that allows you to go through it if you have a large size image, layers, info and, if enabled swatches, fractals and histograms. You can toggle the dockbar by clicking it or by using CTRL+1 shortcut.

You can reset, auto save, or export your Picozu workspace. If you want to reset or export go to Image – Workspace. For auto save go to Tools – Settings and choose the interval at which your workspace will be saved.

From the lower right corner of the editor you can select between three workspaces: educational, minimal, kids and standard. By choosing one of the four you allow the editor to install various plugins that are marked standard or educational or disable unnecessary plugins if you choose the minimal workspace.

Settings

The Setting menu allows you to adjust options like snap to grid, snap to edge, enable/disable tips or auto save your workspace. You can find these settings in the Tools – Settings menu or access them by pressing CTRL+K shortcut.

Tips & Tricks

Every two minutes you will be shown a tip on the lower right corner of the editor. These tips will disappear in a few seconds and they are meant to give you information about how you can use the editor. You can disable them from the Tools – Settings menu.

Also, throughout the editor you will find many tips about actions and properties of the editor. Just take the mouse where you would like to read such a tip, for example on the image name tab or

Help and Contents menu

This menu allows you to browse through some information about Picozu and also visit our website, Facebook and Twitter page.

Contents menu – also accessible by pressing the F1 key from your keyboard. In this menu you will find:

  • General Info – a few general things about Picozu like properties and features.
  • Contents – search for help and support integrated in the editor. Browse through it for a better understanding of the editor or if you don’t know how to apply an action.
  •  Browser Addons – general info and screenshots of Picozu’s browser addons.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts – a list of all the shortcuts that you can use in the editor.

Use the Report and Issue button from the general info page if tou did not find what you were looking for in the help contents. First browse through the already existing public tickets to see is you can find something similar. If not, open a new ticket and make sure you will give as much information about it as possible. You can choose if the ticket is public or not, its type and also its priority. Try to be as objective as possible when doing so.

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