Drawing Module

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The Drawing Module can be accessed via the Paintbrush button Paintbrush button  in the Add Consult window or from the patient Image Browser window. It provides tools to edit and draw on photos or on images stored as templates.



A single click on a template on the right hand side of the drawing window will preview the image underneath the template list. You can then drag and drop the image from the preview into the drawing canvas for annotation in relation to your current patient. You can drag more than one image onto the canvas for annotation.

You can retrieve images from the patient's image folder by clicking on the Get Pictures from Patients Folder button in the top right of the drawing window. The blue folder beside this allows you to browse for an image anywhere on your machine to annotate.


If you choose an image that has not been referenced previously, you will receive the prompt below.


Drawing module - not previously referenced


If this is an image you will only use for this patient (e.g. a photograph of this patient that you would like to annotate), select Patient. If this is an image you will use for many patients (e.g. a new image for generalised use), select Referenced.


Use the tools to the left of the canvas area to add text boxes, shapes and other features to the images.


DM icon 1Select/move images and objects

DM icon 2Free draw

DM icon 3Draw straight lines

DM icon 4Type text

DM icon 5Draw squares or rectangles

DM icon 6Ellipse (Ctrl+click for circle)

DM icon 7Draw rounded rectangles

DM icon 8Draw freehand filled area

DM icon 9Bullet circle stamp (usually used with an audiogram template)

DM icon 10Bullet cross stamp (usually used with an audiogram template)

DM icon 11Draw stitches, stitches will appear tighter and closer together when drawn slowly.

DM icon 12Draw rashes

DM icon 13Annotate image (includes arrow from annotation to to image)

DM icon 14Flip horizontally (Ctrl+click to flip vertically)

DM icon 15Acquire image from camera

DM icon 16Acquire image from scanner

DM icon 17Delete currently selected object

DM icon 18 Alter line thickness and format. Clicking on this will display the next button.

DM icon 19 The line thickness and format selection displayed when the line button is pressed.

DM icon 20These buttons are the line colour and fill colour, respectively.

DM icon 21 These buttons are the draw objects transparent and draw objects filled, respectively. This applies to the drawing of shapes.

Opacity slider This slider controls the opacity of the selected object.

Save arrow buttons in drawing templates These buttons are the Save as an Editable Template and Save as an Image in the Patient's Attachment Folder buttons, respectively.

Selecting Multiple Images

To select multiple images on the canvas, click the Selection tool and Shift+click each object. To select all objects, click and drag to create a selection area over all objects. To move all selected objects together, hold Shift whilst dragging the selected objects across the canvas.

Modifying Images

To rotate an image Ctrl+click and drag on one of the blue selection markers.

If an object is resizeable, one of the selection markers will be green which you can click and drag to resize


Right-clicking on an object will result in a menu.


Rightclick on picture drawing module


Move to...: this feature is used when you have overlapping objects that you would like to arrange in order of front to back.

Flip...: flips the selected object.



Saving Images

If the Drawing Module was accessed via the Consult window then clicking OK will save the image to the patients consult notes. You also have the option of saving the image in the patients list of images for access via the Image Browser by clicking the Save as an image in the Patient's attachment folder button.

Drawing module - save in patient's folder


You can access a previously saved drawing by opening the relevant consultation record, and clicking on the Drawing Template button. Select Edit a drawing attached to this consultation and highlight the required drawing from the presented list.



Additionally, you can add a new or delete an attached drawing for this consultation.


If the drawing module was accessed via the Image Browser window, then clicking OK in the drawing window will permanently save any changes made to the image.


Creating Drawing Templates

If you do not wish to use a template, you can simply draw freehand onto the canvas. You can then save the new image as a template for future use by clicking on the Save as an editable SVG template button.

Drawing module - save as svg