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Q1: What's the purpose of the circle that appears in the center of a shape when I select the Transform tool? It doesn't seem to do anything.
A1: This is the transform center point about which the shape will rotate (when you rotate it). By editing its location, you can rotate an object around a point other than its visual center.
Q2:Why does my Brush tool appear to be working when I click and hold, but as soon as I release, nothing's been painted?
A2: You probably have the Brush tool's Brush Mode option set to Paint Selection, in which case only fills previously selected will be painted. There are other Brush Mode options that can cause unexpected results (if the option was set by accident).
Q3:It looks like there are a bunch of other tools (especially those under the Options section) that we haven't looked at. Are we going to go through each one in detail?
A3: Many of the rest of the tools and options will indeed be covered where applicable in Hour 4. However, given the foundation this chapter has provided, you should feel comfortable exploring some of the other tools. For example, the Eraser tool has a modifier called Eraser Mode that's strikingly similar to the Brush Mode and Pencil Mode of other tools. Try to apply the knowledge you've gathered in this hour, and I'll bet you can figure out most of the other tools on your own.
Q4:Why do my lines have such bulky rounded ends no matter how short I trim them?
A4: The endpoint of a line is indeed just a point; however, the radius of the point is half the thickness applied to the line. Therefore, an 8-point line has an extra 4-point curve on the tip. The only way around this is to draw a fill instead or convert your line to a fill and trim the end. You can convert lines to fills by using the Modify, Shape, Convert Lines to Fills menu.


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