I'm a beginner digital painter and am looking for ways to make my process more fluid.

Ideally I'd like a plugin that lets me change:

  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Brush size
  • Brush opacity
  • Brush hardness

By having a key for each that I hold, and then click and drag on my Wacom tablet.

I know that size and hardness can already be changed by using the alt key in a similar manner, but I want to do this for everything.

Any ideas? As a last resort I think I'll learn how to write plugins.

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Writing a plugin sounds like a cool project, but before you do that, know that there is the HUD colour picker. You can assign it's keyboard shortcut to a single key on your Wacom.

For brush size and hardness you are already aware that you can hold alt and drag left/right for one and up/down for the other. Assign that to a Wacom key too.

For opacity, well, you could map that to the Wacom pen's pressure or tilt sensitivity. But there's no hold-a-key-and-move-the-mouse type solution that I'm aware of.

Taken together, this should get you pretty close.

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  • Thanks! I did know about the colour pickers, but you've convinced me to try out your setup before I go do anything crazy :P
    – user28664
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 13:01

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