Draw Tool—Part 1 (Uniform and Custom Profiles)
The things you need to know about the Draw tool:
- it adds anchor points automatically depending on the curvature of the path you have drawn;
- an anchor point is required every time the path changes its direction;
- the Smoothing parameter found in the Control bar defines the amount of smoothing applied to the path;
- to create a closed path you should approach the cursor to the start point at the end of drawing a path and release the mouse button;
- the Draw tool profile is set to Uniform in the Control bar, which means that lines you draw will have a constant width along their path.
The Path Width tool, which can be found under the Draw tool in the Tools panel, allows you to create custom profiles for a selected path. Here is how it works:
- create a simple path;
- switch to a Width tool in the Tools panel (click on the corresponding icon or tap W on the keyboard);
- approach the cursor to the path until a white dot appears on it;
- click and drag to change the width of the stroke.
Now that you know the basics of the Draw tool use, you can practice creating a tree in a sample document.