As you already may have discovered, your PixelNEO screen consists of a large workspace surrounded by several groups of tools, buttons and palettes. For information about a specific screen item, click the image below:



Main Menu

The Main Menu is a standard Windows component which appears at the top of most applications. PixelNEO's Main Menu includes commands for opening, saving and modifying your pictures.


Speed Bar

The Speed Bar contains buttons that provide single click access to several often-used PixelNEO commands. The Speed Bar may be hidden or displayed by selecting the Show Speed Bar command from PixelNEO's Options menu.


Tool Palette

PixelNEO's Tool Palette contains a selection of painting, drawing and photo retouching tools. These tools are used to edit your pictures. The currently active tool will appear pressed with a shaded background. A new tool can be selected by clicking its icon with the mouse.


Some of the tools contain a small arrow symbol on the right side. This indicates that you may select additional sub-tools by clicking the right side of the selected tool icon.



Color Box

The Color Box displays the currently selected drawing colors and fill pattern. The appearance of the Color Box varies depending on which Drawing Tool is currently selected.


When using most Brush, Specialty and Line tools, the left side of the box indicates the color that will be applied when the left mouse button is pressed, while the right side indicates the color applied when the right mouse button is pressed.

When using Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon and 3D tools, the outside border of the box represents the color of the object's border, while the interior shows the color and pattern currently selected to fill the object's interior.

When the Text Tool is active, the current font style and color are displayed. If an outline or shadow effect is selected that color will be displayed as well.


Click the icon in the lower right corner of the Color Box to swap the left/fill with the right/line colors.


Option Panel

PixelNEO's Option Panel contains controls to adjust the size, shape and behavior of the currently selected Drawing Tool. The contents of the Option Panel change depending on which drawing tool is active.


The Option Panel as it appears when the Brush Tool is active.


The MouseCam™ is added to the Option Panel when certain tools are active. The MouseCam displays a magnified portion of your picture as it might appear from the point of view of the mouse cursor. Use this tool to help locate individual pixels and make precise selections.


Fill Selector

When using certain tools, the Fill Selector allows you to choose whether the interior of an object will be filled with a solid color, gradient, image tile/pattern or nothing (hollow). Click on the Solid Fill button to fill objects with the current fill color. Click on the Gradient Fill button to fill objects with a graduated color. Click the Tile/Image Fill button to fill objects with a tiled image or pattern. Click on the Hollow/No Fill button to draw transparent shapes. Alternate fill colors can be selected using the Color Palette. The currently selected fill style is displayed in the Color Box.


The composition of the color palette (below) will change depending on the fill style selected. The Fill Selector is only available with some tools.


Color Palette

The Color Palette contains a selection of colors that may be used when drawing or painting. When editing 24-bit or 32-bit (16 million color) pictures, a color rainbow and color sliders appear in the palette. With 4-bit (16 color) and 8-bit (256 color) pictures, a selection of color blocks representing the image's "palette" will appear. One-bit (monochrome) pictures are limited to black and white.


You may select the color used to paint and fill objects by moving the cursor over the desired color and clicking the Left Mouse Button. The border color (or second paint color when using brush, specialty, fill or line tools) may be selected by clicking the Right Mouse Button. The selected colors will appear in the Color Box.



The color sliders that appear at the bottom of the Color Palette when editing a 24-bit or 32-bit picture can be used to fine-tune color selected from the rainbow. The three sliders represent the amount of Red, Green and Blue (RGB) pigment that comprise the selected color. The fourth slider is used to adjust the color's opacity or alpha value. You may use your mouse to move each slider to adjust the color. A preview of your changes is shown in the small box to the right of the sliders. The tiny "L" and "R" buttons below the preview box indicate which color is currently being affected by the sliders. When the "L" button is pressed, the Left or Fill color is affected, while a pressed "R" button indicates that the Right or Line color is affected. You may click on the raised button to make modifications to the other color.


In addition to the default RGB color model, the buttons at the bottom of the sliders can be used to switch between HSV (Hue/Saturation/Value), CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black) and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) color models. A color model is basically just a different method of defining colors.


With 16 and 256 color pictures, colors in the palette may be altered by selecting the Edit Palette option from PixelNEO's Picture menu. The Palette Editor contains options for modifying, loading and saving custom palettes.


Click the Add to Favorites button to add the current color to your list of favorite colors. Favorite colors can be selected later by clicking the favorites tab at the top of the color palette.



Use the Favorite Options button to edit the current favorites, open another favorites file or sort the list by name or color.


Drawing Area

The Drawing Area occupies most of PixelNEO’s screen. This is where you will do the actual painting and editing of your pictures. You may open several drawing windows at one time, each containing a different picture. If your screen does not contain a Drawing Area, you can open one by selecting New or Open from PixelNEO's File menu.


Status Bar

The Status Bar contains data about the active picture as well as other information that changes depending on what task you are currently undertaking. For example, when the mouse cursor is inside a picture's Drawing Area, information about the current mouse position will be displayed here. The Status Bar may be hidden or displayed by selecting the Show Status Bar command from the Options menu.


Undo History

The Undo History, which can remain open while you work, displays all available undo choices for the active picture. Each open picture has its own Undo History. The total number of items that can be stored here depends on the settings you specified under PixelNEO's Preferences. Each item in the list represents an edit made to your picture. The edits are listed in chronological order with the most recent ones at the bottom of the list. The history item that matches the current state of your picture will appear highlighted - normally this will be the last item in the list.


Navigator

The Navigator provides you with a thumbnail view of your picture. Additionally, the Navigator includes a handy zoom slider control that can be used at any time to adjust the current picture's magnification level. When a picture is too large to fit in the edit window, you can also drag the Navigator's thumbnail to bring additional portions of your picture into view. The Navigator may be hidden or displayed by selecting the Show Navigator command from PixelNEO's Options menu.


Layer Viewer

The Layer Viewer shows thumbnail views of each layer that the current picture contains. The topmost layer is displayed at the top of the list. Edits made to the picture only affect the active layer which is highlighted in the Layer Viewer. To make a different layer active, simply click on one of the thumbnails in the Layer Viewer. Only one layer can be active at a time.


At the bottom of the Layer Viewer are buttons that can be used to Add, Copy, Delete and Move layers. The eye icon next to each thumbnail indicates whether that layer is visible or hidden . Click the eye icon to toggle between visible and hidden.


Only PixelNEO Layered Graphic NPG and Photoshop PSD file formats support layers. To save a layered picture to another format, the layers must be merged or flattened into a single plane. You can do this by selecting Flatten/Merge Layers from the Layer menu.