Drawing Tools


CODIJY drawing toolbox includes four pens: Pen tool, Gradient Pen, Color Protect Pen and Decolor Pen. You can access them from the Tools toolbar or under the Tools menu.

Pen tool

The Pen Tool lets you draw color masks. You can pick colors from the Color Picker, Color Libraries, from color & gradient masks as well as entire images using the Color Picker tool. Colors are saved to the Color History.

You can enable the Pen Tool using the toolbar icon or (P) shortcut

Gradient Pen

Gradient Pen lets apply multiple colors and their transitions with a single stroke. Gradients can be helpful when you colorize faces and landscape features. You can:

Option 1. Pick the Gradient from the Color Libraries (Pro Version)
Option 2 Compose and edit in Gradients Settings Dialog 
Option 3 Capture a Gradient from a color images using Gradient Capture Tool (Pro version)

You can enable Gradient Pen by clicking its icon on the tools toolbar or using (G) shortcut.

Color Protect Pen

This tool protects original colors of the area, while image processing. You can switch to Color Protect Pen using the below icon or (X) shortcut

Tip: Color protection is often used, when you want to protect black and white colors, metals, white shirts, when colorizing black and white images. It’s also needed, when you decided to recolor an object or two on the color photos.

Decolor tool

Decolor pen is used to convert objects and areas to black and white. Even, if your work on an old vintage image, its color scheme may not be in pure grayscale. Some photos turn yellow or brown, thus making objects like metal, white clothes, teeth look pale. Decolor pen lets you get rid from all pale tones.

You can switch to Decolor Pen using the icon or D shortcut


The standard Eraser tool lets remove color masks. You can switch to Eraser using the icon or (E) shortcut.

Pen Settings

You can change the brush size and mask mode of all four Pens and the Eraser.

Brush Size

The Brush Size is accessible from the standalone toolbar. Depending on its position. Please note that ir will look divverently in the vertical and horizontal positions.

It’s also available via the Context menu that pops up over the masks when you have any of the four Pens or the Eraser enabled.

You can change the line width by changing the value or adjusting with s scroller. Also you can press “[“ for decreasing brush size and “]” for increasing it.

Line Style

There are two line styles: the straight and freehand lines. You can switch between them using the corresponding toolbar buttons.

Alternatively, press “F” for freehand and “L” for drawing in straight strokes. Use “Space bar” to cut out the line strokes.

Drawing Line masks without releasing the mouse button

You can complete this mask without releasing the mouse button (or raising the pen) with the help of two shortcuts!

  • Press Spacebar to cut off the line and change direction.
  • Press and hold Spacebar to switch to Freehand drawing