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Chapter 7. Lines and Curves > Calligraphic Lines

Calligraphic Lines

By setting options in the Outline Pen dialog box, you can edit an existing line to make it look like it was drawn with a calligraphy pen.

To give a line the appearance of calligraphy:

1.
Select an existing line with the Pick Tool (Figure 7.21).

Figure 7.21. Select a line to which you want to add a calligraphy effect.


2.
Select the Outline Pen dialog box from the Outline flyout or press .

The Outline Pen dialog box opens (Figure 7.22).

Figure 7.22. Select a corner (nib) shape, specify a Stretch percentage, and set an angle.


3.
Select a corner style for the nib shape.

The top and bottom styles create a square nib. The middle style creates a round nib. (A nib is the point of a calligraphy pen.)

4.
In the Calligraphy area, set the nib's Stretch and Angle.

The Stretch setting determines how square or round the nib will be. The lower the setting, the thinner the nib and the more variation there will be in line thickness.

5.
Click OK.

The line is redrawn to look like it was drawn with a calligraphy pen (Figure 7.23). Note the variations in line thickness.

Figure 7.23. When you close the dialog box, the line is transformed.



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