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Paint is a collection of SCSS functions, mixins, placeholders and global styles that help us bootstrap our internal apps.

The main goal of Paint is to provide a set of easily consumable and extendable tools to developers so they don’t have to “re-invent the wheel” every time they need some basic front-end components.


Paint comes as a bower package (paint) and an npm package (as-paint).

To use the bower package, run bower install paint --save-dev.
For npm, run npm install as-paint --save-dev. For yarn, run yarn add as-paint.

There are 2 ways to import paint into an application:

  • Out-of-the-box, without any theming / resets.
    For that, just @import '/bower_components/paint/styles/paint' or @import '/node_modules/paint/styles/paint'

  • Allow theming and customising components. In this case, you need to load some components individually and create an app-specific paint-settings file (which will act as your theme file):

/// Paint Dependencies
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/dependencies';

/// Paint Core
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/core';

/// Application-specific Resets
@import 'paint-settings';

/// Paint Tools / Helpers
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/tools';

/// Import Global Components
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/global';

/// Import all other Paint Components
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/components';

To make any future changes easier, add all of the above in a paint-loader.scss file and import it in your main application stylesheet, before the app-specific dependencies and styles, e.g

/// application.scss
@import 'paint-loader';
@import 'styles';

/// paint-loader.scss
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/dependencies';
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/core';
@import 'paint-settings';
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/tools';
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/global';
@import '/bower_components/paint/styles/components';

/// styles.scss
@import 'components/custom-component1';
@import 'components/custom-component2';


Paint is structured into 4 main sections:

  • /CORE - contains a set of functions and mixins that are mandatory for the rest of the paint components to work properly. It includes:
  • /TOOLS - a collection of mixins, placeholders and functions that we want to use across all components and the application
  • /GLOBAL - This contains the most basic set of components
  • /COMPONENTS - A set of generated placeholders commonly used in all applications

Choosing which component goes where is decided mainly by the usage pattern:

  • If it uses a core function, it’s at least a tool.
  • If it uses a tool, it’s at least a global.
  • If it uses globals, it’s a component.

Dependencies on components of the same type is not encouraged.

How to use Paint


Customising Component Settings


Usage Guidelines

Most coding style issues are taken care of automatically by the linter. There are though some things that are difficult to implement/not yet implemented in the linter and you should check manually.



We use git flow to manage feature/hotfixes/releases. The easiest setup is to clone the repository, then run:

cd paint
git branch master origin/master
git flow init -d
git flow feature start <your initials>/<feature name>

Then, do the work and commit your changes.

git flow feature publish <your initials>/<feature name>

When done, open a pull request for your feature branch. Make sure you branched-off develop not master.

Publishing process (internal)

  • After the review, merge to develop, then create a new release (vX.xx.xx).

  • Bump Paint version (bower / npm) bower patch && npm patch.
    Npm might return an error, since the tag name might already exist. No worries, all good.

  • Push changes and tags

  • Finish the release, adding the release notes to the description:

## Changelog

* Feature
* Feature
  • Run npm publish on master.

  • Generate Documentation:

npm install -g sassdoc
npm install -g sassdocify
// run the above only once, during app setup


This is going to push documentation to a gh-pages branch that automatically updates http://alphasights.github.io/paint/

If the changes you made affect any ember-cli-paint component you also need to:

  • Update paint's version in ember-cli-paint index.js and bower.json
  • Release a new version of ember-cli-paint
    • npm version major | minor | patch
    • npm publish


Paint is using true to test Sass code and Mocha as a JS test runner.

Assuming you already executed bin/setup, bin/test should run all available tests.