Paint properties allow the user to specify the colour and type of paint to be used for the Fill and Line layers of a symbol. Types of Paint can be selected from the drop down menu: Solid Colour, Gradient Paint or Texture.

Solid colour paint requires the user to select a colour from the colour chart or by customizing a colour from the Colour Selector. Colours can be chosen by clicking on the colour button and selecting a colour from the chart or the colour selector can be accessed by chosing 'More Colours...' from the bottom of the chart.

Figure 87. Select a Colour dialog box

Colours can be set by using the HSB (Hue, Saturation and Brightness) values or by setting the exact RGB (Red, Blue, and Green) values. If a customized colour is selected, press OK to return to the Symbol Editor. The customized colour will now appear in the bottom row of the colour chart ready to use again.

Gradient Paint requires two colours to be chosen using the same colour selection tools. The user must specify the angle of the blended bands of colour by moving the Angle slider bar. Use the Preview window to view the changes as they are being made to the symbol. The Stride refers to the thickness of the bands of each colour, a thickness can be typed in or the arrows to the right can be used to increase and decrease the thickness.

The final paint option is Texture. A number of textures and patterns are available to be used for the symbol layers (most likely the fill!). The patterns can be scrolled through using the slider bar to the right and selected with the mouse. Selections will immediately register with the Preview window so that textures can be assessed with the other layers of the symbol and at different scales. Custom textures can be used for various symbols by loading them directly...