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Workshop

The following questions will test your knowledge of vector graphics, applying masks, and other topics discussed in the past hour. Answers are provided for your reference. The exercises will put into practice what you learned in this hour, helping you build experience.

Q&A

Q1:How do I set the pressure of my stylus on the tablet to affect the stroke width?
A1: Choose the Vector Path tool. In the Property Inspector select Stroke Options from the Stroke Style menu. Click the Advanced button at the bottom of the Stroke Options menu. At the top of the Edit Stroke dialog, select the Sensitivity tab. Now select Width from the Stroke Property menu. Change the Pressure setting to a percentage from 0 to 100. The percentage defines the ratio between the maximum stroke width (set in the Property Inspector or Stroke Options menu) and the minimum stroke width at the lightest pressure. Click OK to close the dialog and begin drawing. Full pressure will allow you to draw a line of the full width. When less pressure is applied, the stroke width will change within the percentage set in the Edit Stroke dialog.
Q2:When I use a path object as a mask, how do I make the stroke of the masking path visible?
A2: Click the Vector Mask icon on the Layers panel. In the Property Inspector choose Path Outline for the mask and make sure Show Stroke and Fill is checked. Now select a stroke color and style from the Property Inspector. The stroke of the masking path will now be visible over the masked objects.
Q3:I’ve copied some text that was converted into paths. Why can’t I paste it into a word processor or text editor?
A3: When you convert text into paths, the actual text characters are lost. They are now individual path objects and cannot be copied and pasted the same way you would work with editable text. Make sure to save a copy of the original text object before converting it into paths.


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