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Learn how to access and use the Cutter tool in Storyboard Pro.
In order to access the Cutter tool in Storyboard Pro, you can go to the Tools toolbar and hold down the Select tool in order to reveal the other tools underneath. The Cutter tool is the last one in the list. Or you can go to the top menu and select Tool > Cutter. Or use the keyboard shortcut indicated at the side.
So from the later stack, I'm just going to hide this character and what I'm going to cut out is this port door. So I have to click on the layer first and from the tools property panel, I can select between the Marquee or the Lasso for my cursor. So the Marquee allows you to create a square, a rectangular bounding box that will cut everything within this area, whereas the Lasso tool allows you to make a more precise but slower cut as you have to go all the way around.
If I hover my mouse over the optic, you'll see that there is a crosshair of arrows that appear, and that allows you to know that you can move that object. You can also go to the corner and get the double-headed arrow in order to scale it. Hold them shift to scale proportionally. Rotate the item or skew it. You can also copy this item by using a keyboard shortcut command or control C and then command or control V to paste, or you can delete it entirely. So I'm just gonna undo all of that and move it back.
So from the tools property of the Cutter tool, besides the Marquee and the Lasso, which by the way you can temporally toggle between by holding out the alt key, the next one in the list is the Use Mouse Gesture Cutter Mode. And as the tool tip tells you, this allows automatic deletion of selections of a line by dragging the mouse over it. So I'll show you what that means. If I swipe over this stroke, you'll see that it automatically disappears and I can do it again. So it's just deleting any line that I swipe my mouse over, and those are all actually individual strokes before.
The next item is the Tip Style. So you can have or cut away objects, leave around a tip, a flat tip or a bevel tip. I'm just going to zoom in a bit to make that more obvious. The Tip Style actually works with the pencil strokes and not the brush strokes. Because if you cut anything away with the brush stroke, you're just leaving another contoured area with that cut shape removed. However with a pencil stroke, if we then use the Cutter tool, this is where the Tip Style applies. So if I cut this away, you'll see that the tip that was left over still pops back to being round. If I change the style to flat and do the same thing, now it cuts straight across. If I change it to bevel, once again you'll see a nice clean bevel.
So the next item in the tool properties is the Anti Aliasing, which only works on a bitmap layer. So let's create a bitmap layer by clicking on the add bitmap layer icon from the Layers toolbar. Then let's create a bitmap brush line, and obviously it looks quite pixilated because we're zoomed in to 320%. So if I go back to the Cutter tool, you'll see that this feature now has become enabled, but that the tip style has been disabled. That's because the tip style cannot only apply to a bitmap brush stroke, but the Anti Aliasing can.
So the Anti Aliasing actually looks like this without the pale blue line. So if I then try to make a cut on this bitmap brush stroke, you'll see that it's quite jagged going around. If I zoom out a bit, you'll see it's a very clean cut. There's no softness there. Let me undo that. But then if I decide to enable the Anti Aliasing and I make a similar cut, there's more of a softness here. So it looks more blended and smooth. Let me zoom in to show you that. So you can see there is more variation of grey pixels here to give the best softer look.
So I'm going to re-cut this port door one more time to show you the last few properties in this tool properties panel. So the first one is flip horizontal, which actually puts your object on the vertical axis. Then there is flip vertical, which actually flips your object on the horizontal axis. And you can rotate your object either 90 degrees clockwise or 90 degrees counter clockwise.