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Lesson 5. Using Points and Paths > Using the Pencil Tool

Using the Pencil Tool

You can use the Pencil tool to draw freeform shapes. Instead of clicking or dragging as you do with the Pen tool, you simply drag with the Pencil tool. You use it as you would use a pencil on a piece of paper. You don’t have as much control as you draw with the tool, but you can always alter the path later. For areas of your drawing where you are not as concerned with precise curves and corners, the Pencil tool offers a fast way to create shapes. The highlight areas in the mountains provide a perfect opportunity to use this tool.

Double-click the Pencil tool to open the Pencil Tool dialog box. Enter 5 in the Precision text box. Select Draw dotted line and then click OK.

You can enter a value from 1 to 10 in the Precision text box, or you can adjust the slider. A high value shows minor variations as you draw; a low value smoothes minor variations as you draw. You can draw paths more quickly by displaying a dotted line as you draw; the final path will still be solid.

Draw around the highlight areas on the mountain.

Again, don’t try to match the background image exactly. Use the Freeform tool to modify the shape of an area if necessary.

From the Swatches panel Options menu, choose Import and locate the cyclist.bcf file you created earlier. Click Open (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS). Hold down Shift and select all of the colors in the library. Click OK.

The colors are added to the Swatches panel for this document.

Create 70 and 20 percent tints of the blue color and add these to your Swatches panel. Fill the mountains with the 20 percent color and use the 70 percent color and white for the highlight areas. Change the sky rectangle to the blue color.



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