3.8.  Airbrush Tool

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Figure 12.31.  The Airbrush tool in Toolbox

The Airbrush tool in Toolbox

The Airbrush tool emulates a traditional airbrush. This tool is suitable for painting soft areas of color.

3.8.1.  Activate Tool

You can activate the Eraser tool in several ways :

  • From the image-menu, through : ToolsPaint ToolsAirbrush

  • By clicking on the tool icon: in the Toolbox,

  • By using the A keyboard shortcut.

3.8.2.  Key modifiers (Defaults)


The a key, or ] under GIMP-2.10, will change the active tool to Airbrush Tool.


Ctrl changes the airbrush to a Color Picker.


Shift places the airbrush into straight line mode. Holding Shift while clicking Button 1 will generate a straight line. Consecutive clicks will continue drawing straight lines that originate from the end of the last line.

3.8.3.  Options

Figure 12.32.  Airbrush options

Airbrush options


The available tool options can be accessed by double-clicking the airbrush Tool icon.

Mode; Use color from gradient
[Note] Note

See the Painting Tools Overview for a description of tool options that apply to many or all painting tools.


The Rate slider adjusts the speed of color application that the airbrush paints. A higher setting will produce darker brush strokes in a shorter amount of time.


This slider controls the amount of color that the airbrush paints. A higher setting here will result in darker strokes.