Preset shape tool tutorial is part ONE on this subject,
this tutorial here kind of continues where that one leaves
As you see below when you click on the
preset shape tool it drops down and has 4 choices.. the
rectangle/square... the Ellipse/circle... Symmetric Shape and
One thing about the
Preset Shape tool... they don't have the option for editing
Nodes only in resizing and skewering... like sample below....
they are the set shape of whatever the shape is...
This is the Preset Shapes drop down preview
box... When you have the Preset
Shape selected you can go over to your preset shapes
preview window, drop down box and pick the shapes you want...
I have made 100s of preset shapes from the Font Dings.
Always keep the Anti-alias checked and create as a vector
checked.. that way you can adjust the size of them.
If you will notice the box that says RETAIN STYLE... if you
have that clicked then it will make them in same color as they
were made, most are black with black outlines.. but if you
want to make them the colors you want.. the have that
UNCHECKED the Retain style.
This is the TOOL OPTIONS BAR for the Shapes
Tool. Below I have the Ellipse tool chose so its options
bar *above the tool bar* looks like this. Notice on the top
left the MODE: there
is an arrow and the oval and circle. When you have the
Rectangle chosen then there is a rectangle and a square over
in the MODE area.
Lets see if we can make a heart. Pick you a
foreground/stroke color and a contrasting background/fill
color.. I've used white and red as you can see... Choose the
Ellipse tool. Draw you out an oval like below. Right click on
the outline line and choose the Convert to Path.
On the oval there are four NODES.. one on
top... on each side and bottom.. *Node
is the lil square blocks, These are what you click hold and
drag to move the node out.*
On the tool options bar, choose the Arrow
under the MODE.
Make sure you
click arrow or this wont work!!
We want to ADD two more nodes... on each
side of the center top node. Put your cursor up where you want
the node.. like mine below press the Ctrl Button and the add
word appears. CLICK, a new node pops up. Do this on the other
side about same distance from the center node.
Now grab one of the new nodes and pull up...
do that on both sides like below. Notice Nodes have a line
through them like an arrow... if you pull one side it will
affect the shape of the oval one way.. if you pull the other
end of the arrow it will affect a diff way... and if you
pull the arrow out long....OR push in short.. it all affects
it differently...You will have to experiment to get
Here I pulled the arrow lines on each end
OUT long ways.. to make the top start to balloon out.. We're
making a heart remember :) Do that on each side.
Adjust the center node now and make the
arrow line go up straight.. that will bring the middle to a
narrow point...Hands on is best way to learn this..
Here I just adjusted the side nodes... the
bottom center node I pulled straight up.
I have drawn many animals... using this method.. making the
body, head, legs etc on separate layers, then putting all
together...this is only limited as far as your imagination
will take you..
Have fun with creating with Vectors!!!