Setting Options

DrawShield offers some control over the visual appearance of the shield image. The options for this can be selected on the main "create" page by clicking on the "Drawing Options..." button, this brings up the following, which I hope is self explanatory.

Screenshot of the drawing options

Note that if you change any of these options (and have cookies enabled) then your choices will be preserved between sessions. You can safely disallow cookies for this site if you do not want this behaviour.

In addition to setting options using the form there is also a facility to specify these options by a (non-standard) extension to the blazon itself.

Options are introduced by the word drawn, which MUST come after all other the parts of the blazon. Options set in the blazon override those set on the create page.

Note that options set by using the drawn keyword in the blazon are NOT reflected in the "Drawing Options" form and hence are NOT saved between sessions. The advantage of using options set in the blazon itself is that they are easier to store and pass around.

Setting a Visual Effect

To set the visual effect (actually an SVG filter) which changes the overall appearance of the shield you can say for example drawn with a stonework appearance, or drawn in a shiny style. The available effects are (plain, flat, none), (stone, stony, stonework), (plaster, plasterwork), (vellum, leather), (metal, shiny), where the brackets indicate words with the same meaning.

Using a Colour Palette

Heraldry has no set colours for tinctures, they are left to the discretion of the herald. DrawShield allows you to select from a number of colour "palettes". This is done by using a construction such as drawn with wikipedia tinctures or drawn in emoji colours. The available palettes are drawshield (the default), emoji, wikipedia, wappenwiki, bajuvarian, nocolour. With the "Nocolour" palette all tinctures except for black and gray are drawn white. This is useful if you want to create images for colouring later.

Setting the Shield Shape

It is also possible to chose the overall shape of the shield, using the construction drawn in a XXXXXX shape, where XXXXX is one of the words default, heater, French, Oval, Lozenge, square, Italian, Swiss, English, German, Polish, Spanish.. The corresponding shapes are shown below:

The heater shape is used by default, unless the shield contains 8 or more subshields, in which case the French shape is used.

Shield Shapes

All shapes can be correctly given a bordure but almost everything else that relies on the shape of the shield probably won't work, and there are likely to be many times in which placements and arrangements put charges that overlap the edges or show other strange effects, you may find the charge adjustments extension helpful in these cases.

Options can be combined, for example drawn in a plain style and in emoji colours

Providing Your Own Palette

Palettes are simple text files consisting of the tincture name, an equals sign and a hex code, one per line with no whitespace. If you have a palette that you would like to have added just e-mail an appropriate file to me. The default tinctures are provided below as an example, cut and paste this into your own file and modify as required. Any tinctures not given will be drawn using the DrawShield default colours.

or=#EFD807 
azure=#1E7FCB 
vert=#149414 
gules=#E21313 
argent=#F0F0F0 
sable=#050505
purpure=#965578
// additional tinctures    
murrey=#8C004B
sanguine=#850606
carnation=#FEC3AC
brunatre=#7E0001
cendree=#848484
rose=#FF006E
bis=#F1E2BE
celestial-azure=#96C8F9
senois=#8D4024
tenne=#A75502
orange=#FAA401
//Other decorative parts
charge-stroke=#696969
ordinary-stroke=none
pattern-stroke=none
division-stroke=none
// For sports fields
white-line=#FFFFFF
// Error colour
gray=#888888
// Additions by https://www.reddit.com/user/Mysterious_Italy
iron=#bcbcbc
bronze=#c28039
copper=#ba702f
lead=#6b949e
steel=#bdbdbd
white=#ffffff
// other heraldic authorities
buff=#f0dc82
red-ochre=#890520
yellow-ochre=#ccaa2b
crimson=#850606 //same as sanguine

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