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Basic Drawing Tools

Learn how to use the main drawing tools, such as the Brush, Pencil and Eraser tools.

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Beata Lukasiewicz

Beata Lukasiewicz


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Welcome to Drawing Tools Tutorial in which I will present pencil, brush, and eraser.

To start drawing, you have to choose the drawing layer in your timeline and then simply select the tool in a toolbar on the left-hand side. You can choose a brush, pencil, or eraser. Let's go for brush. You can pick the color in the color view on the right-hand side and start drawing. You can choose your brush from the preset brush list in tool properties on the right-hand side. You can also change the size of the brush and smoothness.

When you are happy with the size and the smoothness of your brush, you can add your favorite brush to the preset list by pressing the plus and a little brush icon in the tool properties, just choose the name for your new brush, and press okay. Your new brush will be at the bottom of the list, and you can always go back to it and select it from now on. If you're unhappy with one of the brushes, you can simply remove them from the list by pressing a minus.

You can still do the same things with pencil line, but additionally, you can change the star at the end of the line. You can change it to the flat one or the round one. Let's use the flat one. Change the color. As you see, the ends are flat. If you change them to round, they will be round.

To erase your lines, you can choose the eraser or you can use Select tool, which is on the top of the toolbar, select your lines, and delete them.

To quickly change the size of your tool, you can just press "O" on your keyboard and drive the mouse across. That will allow you to quickly resize the tool. Let's change it to small.

The main difference between pencil and a brush is in their vector line. We have the brush lines painted in the red color. Let's paints the pencil lines in blue. As you see, the vector line in a pencil goes right through the middle, and the vector line goes around brush.

With the Control Editor tool, you can reshape the outside lines of the brush, and you can change direction of the pencil line. To quickly switch between tool, you can use the shortcut keyboards, which are Alt/ for pencil, Alt-B for brush, and Alt-E for eraser.

That will be all about pencil, brush, and eraser.