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Hour 2. Drawing and Painting Original Ar... > Task: Select Attributes with the Dro...

Task: Select Attributes with the Dropper Tool

In this task you'll use the Dropper tool to select more attributes than simply color. Here are the steps to follow:

1.
Select the Oval tool, set the stroke height to 10, and draw a circle. Change the stroke height, the stroke color, and the fill color. Then draw another circle. Finally, change both the stroke and fill color settings and draw a third circle.

2.
At this point, if you wanted the second circle to have the same fill color as the first, you would just have to change the fill color. If you remember the color, you're in luck. However, better than relying on your memory, you can select the Dropper tool. Notice how its cursor changes to include a brush when you're over the fill of the first circle, as shown in Figure 2.24. This indicates that if you click, you'll select the fill attributes of this shape.

Figure 2.24. The Dropper tool changes its cursor to indicate it will sample a fill when you click.


3.
With the Dropper tool, click the center of the first circle. Not only does the fill color change to the sampled fill color, but the Paint Bucket tool also becomes active. You can quickly go and fill the second circle. Do so now.

4.
If you want to match the strokes on both circles, you could use the Ink Bottle tool, but you would have to set all the attributes manually. Better than that, you can use the Dropper tool to sample all the stroke's attributes in the first circle. Select the Dropper tool and move it near the stroke of the first circle. Notice that the cursor changes to include a pencil (see Figure 2.25). This indicates that you'll be sampling the stroke (or line portion) of that shape.

Figure 2.25. The Dropper tool changes its cursor to indicate it will sample a stroke when you click.


5.
Click to sample the stroke, and you'll see the stroke attributes update in the Properties panel. Also, the Ink Bottle becomes active, so you can click the second circle to change its stroke. The thing to remember is that the Dropper tool samples all attributes, not just color.


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