Basic Tools

The Basic Interface

Below is the basic, uncustomized interface of MediBang Paint that appears upon launching the software.

Interface (initial state)
Fig. Interface (initial state)

There are six basic windows for MediBang Paint’s interface.

(1) Color Window

The Color Window is where you can select your brush color and edit palettes.

Color window
Fig. Color window

These are the primary and secondary colors. Click next to the icons to swap between the two colors. Standard brushes will use the primary color to draw, and the secondary color can be used in specialized brushes, such as the “edge brush>”.
Click here to change the color of the brush to transparent.(Let’s use transparent colors)
Displays the primary color’s RGB values
Displays the color selection windows provided by the respective OS. The color you select here will be applied to the primary color of the brush.
The Color Disc is a combination of an outer Hue ring and the inner Saturation window. The two transparent circles are known as reticles that can be dragged around to select colors. The reticle on the outer ring changes the hue of the color, and the reticle on the inner square can be dragged to change saturation and value.(Let’s switch between hue bar and hue circle)

The foreground color and background color of the brush are as shown below.

foreground color and background color
Fig. foreground color and background color

Foreground color
background color

(2)Brush Preview Window

This window displays the shape of the currently selected brush.

Brush Preview window
Fig. Brush Preview window

When the canvas is opened, the thickness of the brush is displayed as a numerical value in the upper left corner.


Click “Brush Preview” to reset the brush size to the default value.
See Reset brush size for details.

(3)Brush Control Window

The Brush Control Window is where you can change brush size and opacity.

Brush Control window
Fig. Brush Control window

Controls the brush size.
Controls the opacity of the brush.
Edit brush-specific settings.

The brush size reverts to the original value (default size) upon restarting the application. If you want to change the default size, please edit it from the brush edit window.

(4)Brush Window

Select a brush to use from this window

Brush window
Fig. Brush window

Open this window to download the cloud brush.
Add a new brush.
Add a bitmap brush.
Add a brush script.
Add a folder.
Duplicate the selected brush.
Delete the brush.

Click the gear icon to the right of the brush name to open the brush edit window.

Brush Edit Window
Fig. Brush Edit Window

In the brush edit window you can change the default size of the brush.
For details, see the chapter on changing the default size of the brush.


You can add brushes directly by dragging and dropping image files and brush scripts into the “Brush Window”.

Drag and drop images onto 'Brush window'
Fig. Drag and drop images onto 'Brush window'

The full image of the currently open canvas is displayed in the Navigator Window.

Navigator Window
Fig. Navigator Window

Set your canvas size equal to your monitor display (100% display)
Zoom In
Fit to Window Size
Zoom Out
Rotate the canvas counter-clockwise 30°
Reset the canvas rotation to 0°
Rotate the canvas clockwise by 30°
Flip the canvas display horizontally

Any actions performed on the Navigator Window will not be reflected on the actual canvas.

The section of the canvas currently displayed on the screen will be indicate by a red frame in the Navigator Window. You can move this red frame to move the section displayed in the main window.

Fig. Canvas

By moving this red frame you can also move the area displayed in the main window.

(6)Layer Window

The Layer Window is where you can organize and manage your canvas layers.

Layer window
Fig. Layer window

Layer Thumbnail
New Color Layer .
New 8-bit layer (monochrome).
New 1 bit layer (white/black).
New halftone layer .
New layer folder.
Duplicate Layer.
Merge layer below.
Delete Layer.

If you drag and drop an image file to the layer window, you can add an image as a new layer to the active canvas.

You can add images as layers by drag & drop
Fig. You can add images as layers by drag & drop

(7)Brush Size Window

Registering the brush sizes you use the most often is a great way to streamline your digital workspace.

Brush Size Window
Fig. Brush Size Window

Right click on the brush size window to display the “Edit Brush Size” menu. Clicking the menu will display the brush size edit window.

Edit Brush Size Window
Fig. Edit Brush Size Window

In the “Edit Brush Size” window, you can register your favorite brush size with a line break. If you want to reset the brush sizes, then press the”Initialize Brush Size” button.

While using MediBang Paint, you can reset the interface at any time which will return all the windows and tools to their initial state.

Do this via “Window” → “Initialize” in the case that you accidentally delete functions from the screen.

Undo and Redo

“Undo” cancels the previous action, and “Redo” to cancels the last “Undo” while working on an active canvas.

Undo and Redo
Fig. Undo and Redo

Most actions in MediBang Paint can be canceled with Undo.


Hold down Ctrl+Z (for Windows) and Command+Z (for Mac) on your keyboard to use Undo.


MediBang Paint has no fixed upper limit on the number of Undos, so you can continue “undoing” as far as your computer memory allows.


There are three rotation functions as well as the horizontal canvas flip available in MediBang Paint. Here you can learn there differences.

Original picture
Fig. Original picture

Rotate and Flip Display

Use this tool by selecting “View” → “Rotate Left” / “Flip” / “Rotate Right” on the menu or in the Navigator Window.

Horizontal Flip the Display
Fig. Horizontal Flip the Display

This flips only the canvas display and does not have any effect on the layout and data of the actual canvas.

Rotate and Flip the Canvas

Use this tool by selecting “Edit” → “Rotate Left” / “Flip Horizontally” / “Rotate Right” on the menu.
This will rotate or flip the whole canvas, editing all the layers data.

All the layers flipped horizontally.
Fig. All the layers flipped horizontally.

This function is how you actually alter the canvas information itself, rather than just the on-screen display.

Rotate and Flip Layers

These functions can be accessed in the menu under “Layer” → “Rotate”.
Only the selected layer will rotate or flip.

Horizontally Flip the Selected Layer Only
Fig. Horizontally Flip the Selected Layer Only

With this operation, not only the canvas display, but also the canvas data will save in a rotated state.

Using the Drawing Guides

The drawing guides are displayed at the top of the window when you use a tool that can use one of the guides, such as the Brush tool.

Drawing Guides
Fig. Drawing Guides

Turns off the drawing guides.
This is the Parallel Line Guide. This aids in drawing objects or environments where the lines in question run on a parallel axis. The guide helps make sure that the lines drawn in the artwork maintain consistency in their distance from each other.
This is the 2D Grid. This perspective guide gives you a two-dimensional framework made up of both horizontal and vertical lines. Using this grid can help aid you in figuring out the proportion and perspective of an illustration during the planning stage, ensuring that the objects in the frame align with the grid.
This is the Vanishing Point Guide.perspective guide is near essential for creating the illusion of depth in an illustration. You can use this guide to help create illustrations that contain accurate one-point, two-point, and three-point perspectives.”

Example of using vanishing point ruler
Fig. Example of using vanishing point ruler
This is the Concentration Point Guide. It helps when designing radial images. This guide is often used when making designs like mandalas and other artworks that require exact symmetry. If you want to change the center of the concentration line, please press “Reset button (i)”.
This is the Concentric Circles Guide. It is a ruler essential for architectural and technical design work. They are used to create circular objects to help design precisely. If you want to change the center of the concentric circle, please press “reset button (i)”.
This is the Curve Ruler. If you click along the point you want to draw a curve, you can create a ruler that matches the curve. Just double click to confirm the placement. If you want to change the shape of the ruler, please press “reset button (i)”.
This is the Ellipses Ruler. You can use this to draw any shaped ellipse. By dragging the tool along the canvas, you will draw an ellipse.
Reset the state of the ruler.

Save Guides

You can save your Guide Data as an MDP, and it can store up to 10 pieces per file.

To save them, use “Snap” → “Save Snap” from the drop-down menu.
It’s easy to also retrieve previously saved information from the Snap menu.

(※If you are using Ver 20.1, there is no function to change or delete the name of guide/ruler)

The Left Toolbar

Now it’s time to learn the functions of the Left Toolbar.

Find the toolbar on the left side of the canvas
Fig. Find the toolbar on the left side of the canvas

(a) The Move Tool

Using the Move tool you can easily move anything written or drawn on the selected layer. Drag the selected area around on the canvas to move it to a different spot.


You can move it horizontally and vertically by holding down the Shift key and using “Move Tool”.

(b) Shape Fill Tool

Using the Shape Fill Tool, you can easily create rectangular, elliptical, and polygonal shapes. After selecting this tool, you will see the fill tool bar displayed at the top of the main window.

Fill tool dedicated toolbar
Fig. Fill tool dedicated toolbar

Select the fill shape.
Turn anti-aliasing on or off.
Turn rounded corners for Rectangle and Polygonal shapes on or off, as well as the rounding angle.
Specifies whether to fill a diagonal line or to fill from center while creating a rectangle or ellipse shape.

Compare selection from center with rectangle
Fig. Compare selection from center with rectangle

On the right image, this is how checking selecting from the center appears when in use (see red arrow for example).

Check to constrain proportions by locking the aspect ratio.
Specifies the opacity of the fill.

(c) Using the Gradation Tool

Using the “Gradation Tool”makes it easy to create gradients on your canvas.

When selecting the “Gradation Tool” is selected, the gradient tool bar will display at the top of the canvas.

Gradation Tool Toolbar
Fig. Gradation Tool Toolbar

Select the shape of the gradation as either “linear” or “circular”.
Select the gradation type from “Foreground to Background,” “Foreground to Transparent,” or “Transparent to Foreground.”

Difference in Gradient Type
Fig. Difference in Gradient Type

The left is “Foreground to Background” and the right is “Foreground to Transparent”

The width and direction of the gradation are determined by the length of the stroke on the canvas.

Example of Gradient Direction and Width
Fig. Example of Gradient Direction and Width

(d)Using the Shape Brush Tool

Easily create shapes on the canvas by using the Shape Brush Tool.

For details, click here.

(e)The Eyedropper Tool

You can easily choose any color from the canvas you are currently working on and set it as the primary color by using the Eyedropper Tool.


Hold Alt (Option for Mac) and click the canvas to switch to the eyedropper tool.

For details click here .

(f)The Hand Tool

Move the currently displaying portion of the canvas by using the Hand Tool.

For details click here.


Hold down the space key and drag the canvas to perform the same operation as the Hand Tool.

Using Palettes

The Palette Window is not initially shown in the default interface of MediBang Paint. Display the Palette Window via “Window” → “Palette” from the drop-down menu.

For details click here.

Using the Reference Window

The Reference Window is not initially shown in the default interface of MediBang Paint. Display the Reference Window via “Window” → “Reference” from the drop-down menu.

For details click here.