iDrawing Pencil Tool Tips 1: #iDraw

Everyone knows how to use a pencil to doodle with, to draw simple stick figures or whatever strikes our fancy. The iDraw vector pencil tool takes that to a new level. It’s easy to locate because it’s a pencil icon.

iDrawing Pencil Tool Tips 1

Below, for fun, I’ve taken the pencil tool and scrawled a line all over a white blank canvas. I used a 2pt width line in black with 70° smoothing. What is smoothing? It simply means smoothing the curves of a line. Less smoothing means sharper edges, more smoothing is the opposite, smoothing out the edges to a great or lesser degree.

Now you try. Use different smoothing values, line thicknesses and colors to get a feel for the tool.

iDraw Pencil Tool Tips,

Below you’ll notice how I’ve highlighted the line using the arrow at the upper left-hand corner.  I do this so that I could add something to each end of the line using the pulldown menu at the right.  Why not give it a try and see what you’d like to add to each end of your line.

iDraw Pencil Tool Tips,

What else can I do to a line? Why not add a fill color in the curve of the line? Just touch or click on the fill color square to bring up the many up options available to do this. Try different color combinations. You can do this by using the arrow at the upper right-hand corner and them highlight the line you’ve created and then change the line size, shape, color and fill at will.

iDraw Pencil Tool 3
That’s all for now. Next time I’ll provide more tips using the pencil tool. Who knows, we may even do some fun stuff with our pencil scrawl or create a simple stick figure drawing.

Now let’s go play with our pencil. Remember, use your practice canvas to play and experiment to your hearts content. One last thing, have some fun.

For more adventure, check out, these iDraw tutorials. Enjoy.

P.S. Take a look at some suggested reading and tools.

  • Christy Birmingham

    Bring on the drawing 🙂 Great advice