How to Use NVIDIA Dabbler

NVIDIA® Dabbler™ is a drawing and painting app that is optimized for use with your NVIDIA DirectStylus.

The first time you open NVIDIA Dabbler, a tutorial shows you how to use all the features of the app. NVIDIA Dabbler also includes help tips that you can show or hide as needed.

How to Open NVIDIA Dabbler

  1. Tap All Apps .
  2. Tap NVIDIA Dabbler .

 

Learn the NVIDIA Dabbler Workspace

Toolbars. The General Toolbar (left) provides actions such as Load, Share, Save and Print.  The Canvas Toolbar (right) provides background settings and several brushes and drawing tools.

Workspace. The Workspace displays the paper texture or background image that you have chosen for your project.

 

Manage

How to View the NVIDIA Dabbler Help Tips

  1. In the Toolbar, tap Help .
  2. Tap any icon, brush, or feature to view its description.
  3. To hide help tips, tap Help again.
  4. Alternatively, you can tap and hold on any UI item to obtain help.

How to Undo or Redo the Previous Action

In the Toolbar, tap Undo or Redo .

How to Save Your Work

In the Toolbar, tap Save . A copy of your work is saved to the Gallery. You can keep working, but the saved image is not updated to reflect the changes. Save your work again before you clear the canvas.

How to Load Your Work

In the Toolbar, tap Load .  A dialog box with available canvases from local and cloud storage is shown.  Swipe through the canvases and double tap to select a canvas.

How to Print Your Work

In the Toolbar, tap Print .  The print menu is shown, which includes options for saving to Google Drive (Gmail account required) and saving as .pdf.

How to Show or Hide the Toolbar

To show the General Toolbar, tap .

To hide the General Toolbar, tap .

 

To show the Canvas Toolbar, tap .

To hide the Canvas Toolbar, tap .

 

Create Artwork

NVIDIA Dabbler Painting Styles

In the Toolbar, tap to select a painting style.

Sketch. Sketch includes the marker, pencil, and eraser tools.

Watercolor. Watercolor includes all of the drawing and painting tools except the spatula. Gravity, instant-dry, and water level features are only available in Watercolor.

Oil. Oil includes all of the drawing and painting tools. The spatula tool is only available in Oil.

NVIDIA Dabbler Tools

In the Toolbar, tap the tool icon which is directly above to access the tool selection dialog box.  The actual icon displayed by the tool icon depends on the specific tool selected and will be one of the tools shown in the table below.

Spatula. The spatula replicates the effect of a spatula or chisel on oil painting. Spatula is only available in Oil.

Thick brush. The thick brush replicates the effect of a wide paint brush. Thick brush is not available in Sketch.

Thin brush. The thin brush replicates the effect of a detail paint brush. Thin brush is not available in Sketch.

Eraser. The eraser replicates the effect of a rubber eraser. Keep moving the eraser until you achieve the effect that you want.

Pencil. The pencil replicates the effect of a graphite pencil.

Marker. The marker replicates the effect of a permanent ink pen.

Use the Pressure sensitivity slider at the bottom of the dialog to adjust the impact of pressure on the currently selected brush radius .

How to Adjust Brush Styles

In the Toolbar, use the sliders to adjust the brush fill strength and the relative brush radius . The actual brush radius is controlled by the pressure and angle of the stylus tip on the touchscreen.

How to Show or Hide the Color Palette

To show or hide the color Palette, tap .

 

How to Mix Colors

  1. On the Palette , tap a color.
  2. Touch the Color Mixer and move your finger or stylus in a circle. The new color mixes with the previously selected color. Mix clockwise to add more of the new color or counter-clockwise to retain more of the previous color.
  3. Double tap to clear mixer back to white color.

How to Select RGB Colors

  1. On the Palette , tap the color selector. The color slider opens.
  2. Tap the color that you want.

How to Adjust the Water Level

Dabbler replicates the feel of watercolors by providing adjustable water levels. Water level is only available in Watercolor.

To increase or decrease the wetness of the paint, open the Palette , tap on the droplet and drag the water level up or down.

 

How to Lock the Water Level

To lock the water level so that the water does not deplete over time, adjust the water level and then tap the lock .

How to Use Shape Recognition

Shape recognition mode detects when you are drawing a circle, square, or other geometric shape and automatically corrects the shape.

In the Toolbar, tap and Shape Recognition . Tap again to turn off shape recognition.

How to Use Gravity

Gravity replicates the effect of gravity on watercolor paint. The direction of the pull, or "down," is based on the orientation of your tablet. Gravity is only available in Watercolor.

In the Toolbar, tap and Gravity . Tap again to turn off gravity.

How to Dry Your Watercolor Instantly

Dabbler replicates the feel of watercolors by allowing the colors to move slowly until the canvas is "dry." Instant-Dry is only available in Watercolor.

In the Toolbar, tap and Instant-Dry .

How to Add Vector Shapes

In the Toolbar, tap and Vector Shapes .

Shape. The vector shape currently in use.

Toggle / Transform. Tap on a handle to cycle through available vector shapes.  Drag a handle to rotate the vector shape about the other handle.  Drag both handles to move, scale and rotate the vector shape.

 

Layers

Accessing Layer Operations

To show or hide layer operations, tap Layers .

The following table shows the available layer options.

 

Layer Tools

Clear. Clears the layer.

Camera. Take a picture to be applied as the canvas.  Opens the native Camera app.

Image. Opens Photos to use an existing image as the canvas.

Paper Selection. Toggles paper selection for background.

Filter. Swipe through existing filters to be applied to the imported background image.

Blend. Toggles blending function menu for selected layer.

Visibility. Toggles visibility of a layer.

Add. Adds a new layer

Merge. Merge the selected layer with the next lowest layer.

 

The slider near the top of the dialog adjusts opacity of the selected layer.

How to Zoom and Move Canvas

Use a two-finger pinch gesture to zoom the canvas view in and out.  A two-finger swipe gesture will move the canvas about the view window.

 

Sharing

Video Recording

  1. In the Toolbar, tap Share .

  2. From the expanded tools, tap Record .

  3. Select from the following actions:

File Sharing

  1. In the Toolbar, tap Share .

  2. Select from the following actions:

 

Global Effects

How to Dynamically Adjust Lighting

To adjust the light direction on the canvas, tap Dynamic Lighting .  A circular slider is shown, which controls the direction of incident light.

Stylus-Only Mode

To toggle stylus-only mode, tap Stylus-Only .  When the stylus-only mode is enabled, finger touches on the canvas are ignored.  Only stylus inputs will cause drawing actions.  Even when the stylus-mode is enabled, you can still interact with the tools with finger touches.