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Chapter 2. Jumping In with the Basics > Drawing Lines and Shapes

Drawing Lines and Shapes

Pencil Drawing

Now let's draw some lines and shapes to get you used to the drawing tools.

1.
Create a new layer for practicing your drawing. Select the Pencil tool (see Figure 2-18). It shares a space on the tool box with the Paint Brush. Hold your cursor over any tool and you will see all the options available for that tool

Figure 2-18. The Pencil tool.


2.
Choose a pencil size or style from the options menu bar at the top (see Figure 2-19). The top menu options bar is new in Version 6. It changes with the selection of each new tool. The number under a particular shape indicates the pixel width of that brush. It's easier than wasting space showing it at actual size.

Figure 2-19. The Pencil option menu bar.


3.
Choose a color in the Color palette and start drawing. Practice using different brushes and notice how steady your hand is. We don't use the Pencil tool for that exact reason. We use it mostly for drawing straight lines and for fixing errant pixels. To draw a straight line, hold down the shift key.

4.
Before leaving this section, try loading the other brushes using the right triangle in the upper right corner of the brush palette. There are Calligraphic, Drop Shadow, Natural, Faux Finish, and many other brush options to play with.


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