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2.8 How to Use the Pencil Tool in Illustrator

Welcome back, this video we are going to be looking at the pencil tool. How to make it a little bit easier to draw with so it makes you look good. Once we've done our drawings we're gonna add things like this where we kind of have this nice kind of profiled stroke on it. Or, look at doing arrow heads, dotted lines, dash lines in this kind of artistic hand drawn over the top of a real image project. Let's jump in now and get started. All right, to get started I've just created a blank page, create it any size you like. I'm using US letter landscape. I'm gonna bring in an image, so let's go to file, let's go to place. And in your Exercise Files, we're looking for one called Pencil Tool 01. Now this image comes from Unsplash. It's a really cool site that you can use for free commercial use images. Okay, so it's Unsplash. Thank you for the use of this image. And we're not gonna use the template in this case. Cuz what happens with the template is that it fades it out, and I don't want that for this case. I just wanna bring it in, and we'll lock it. So let's click Place. Now when you're bringing in an image if you click once it's gonna bring it in at full size. I'll do it, you don't, you wait there watch this. Click once whoa that's a big image I'm gonna zoom out way bigger than my page. So what I'm gonna do is before I place it I'm gonna zoom back in and I'm gonna show you a different way of placing. So File > Place. And it's easier just to click hold and drag, okay. And you can just tell it what size that you want it to be. Go and, we could put it on it's own layer and lock it, or what was the trick we used before? Object > Lock > Selection. All right, so let's get going with the pencil tool. It's this one here, looks like a pencil. Underneath the brush tool. And you wouldn't see it because it's hiding under the shaper tool. So the shaper tool is like the first tool. Click and hold it down, and grab the pencil tool. I'm gonna zoom in. What I'm gonna do before I start drawing is, I'm gonna say I would like no fill. Okay, so red line, and the stroke I'll gonna use is white. Now, by default the pencil tool's a little weird. The first thing is that I'll gonna draw those wings that you saw at the beginning. So, if I draw my like little wings. Okay, and I'll draw my other little wing, and I'll draw my other little wing. You can you see there like deleted the first one to replace the second one. That's just one of the defaults, it means if you draw kind of a line close to the one you drew before, it tries to redraw it. I have never find that useful. Let's join them all up. It's a little weird so to turn that setting off, I'm going to delete all that, is double click the tool. Double clicking the tool opens up these settings for it and this case I wanna say this one, keep selected. I always turn it off and I never turn it back on. You might find a good use for it, but I don't. Now, when I draw stuff, okay, it is not going to keep it selected which means it's not gonna try and redraw it. Now, the other trouble is is that my drawing looks terrible, okay. So if you're not using, say, a Wacom stylus Even if you are, okay. I'm just using my regular mouse. What you can do just to make yourself look a bit better, same options, double click the pencil tool and see where it says fidelity, you can crank up the smoothing. So down ready low, means it's gonna follow your mouse perfectly. But that's not what I want, I want it to kind of not be perfectly smooth. Maybe just about there. Make me look better, Illustrator. So, I'm gonna draw this, and you can see. Look how good those lines are, so much nicer. I want a different kind of one, and want this kinda like wing thing going on. You can see those curves, I'm just clicking and dragging pretty badly, I don't like that one. I can delete them by clicking the black arrow, hit delete on my keyboard, back to my pencil tool. Don't worry about it, Dan. [LAUGH] Don't worry about it, keep drawing. They look kind of cool. Anyway, kind of a wing. Still drawing. All right, let's look at strokes in a little bit more detail. I promised earlier on we would. So I've drawn these with a pencil tool. They are considered a stroke, okay. And the stroke at the moment is a white line and it has these kind of flat ends, okay. Do you remember what those are called? The funny word, it's called the black arrow. Let's select them all. And let's change this stroke. so remember we can increase the stroke, that's fine. And who remembers where we get in to change the capping at the end to make that kind of a bubble end? Remember, click on the work stroke, there it is there. Okay and we can pick our rounded caps or the projecting cap, [LAUGH] okay? The other thing we're gonna look at is the cornering? Can you see here it's got this nice, I want this angle and I like it, but you can change that kinda corner to be rounded as well to match the rest of it. Can you see if you want that kind of roundness to continue? I'll zoom in a little bit so you can see it a bit better. You're watching for this guy, it's the only corner that I've got, okay? But by default it's a nice, sharp corner, rounded, or you can mitre the end, or bevel it. Either one you want, okay? And let's say I don't want this kind of, because it's the same stroke all the way along. What we're gonna look at is this thing called profile. So in stroke here, all of these guys selected, go to profile and there's a bunch of them in here that kinda look nice. Watch this, if I click this first one down, you can see what it's done, click off, cool? Okay, it just gives it more of a painterly stroke. Okay, I haven't experimented with all of these, okay, there's different kinds of ones in here. Look at that, it looks good. You're thinking tribal tattoo, right. That would have been handy when that was super popular. But anyway, this is all kind of cool, I like it. I might select it. And increase it up a little bit to give it a bit more of a fuller little wing name. All right and zoom out. Next up with this kind of pencil drawing is we'll look at arrow heads. So I'm gonna grab my pencil tool again and I'm gonna have some lines that come off the front of this for no reason. I try to put them all into this class to, I don't know, it's a design element. I want arrows kind of racing forward. Look how good this shoe is. Black arrow, select them, and then the stroke here you probably saw it before, this one called arrowheads. So I'm gonna zoom in a little bit on my arrows. Okay, click on stroke, cuz the arrowheads will depend on which end you stick it, depending on which way you drew it. So if I do this end, can you see, that's the wrong side, so I'm gonna go back to none at the top. And the second option, I'm gonna pick one of the arrowheads. And luckily there's all sorts of different kinds of arrows depending on what you consider an arrow, what you want to do as an arrow. There's lots, look at it all. [NOISE] Perfect. Okay, what you might find though is some of these arrows, if I click on this arrow and say you wanna thicken up the line, the arrowheads get unproportionaly bigger. You see the line just come up a couple of steps, but these arrowheads get huge. So nicely in the new version of Illustrator, they've change, can you see the scale of these two arrowheads? Okay, so I can lower this down. Okay, let's say I want it to be maybe 50% of what it was. I find getting closer to a, I don't know, it feels more like a proper ratio to me. Let's zoom out. So, arrowheads, the profile. We've got our pencil tool doing nice, smooth stuff. Let's look at dashed lines. So, I'm gonna draw another line around the edge here likeit's been cut out. That didn't go well. Also didn't go well. [LAUGH] I'm gonna leave it there. So, here's my lovely line that I wanna make dashed. So I'm gonna go by black arrow, give them a select and I'm gonna say dot and there it is there, dashed. So dashed is easy, couple of things you might wanna play around with is the weight and the capping, okay. Butt caps are just a really solid end, okay more kinda like traditional, traditional? Yeah traditional dotted lines, or the rounded ones. Yeah, nice round ends. I'm gonna use the butt cap and I'm gonna look down here. So if I just put in this measurement here, this 12 points. It's gonna go a 12-point line with a 12-point gap. 12-point line. It just assumes this is what you mean. What you can do is you can say, I want a 12-point line but a really skinny gap. So I can say I wanna make it 2 points, okay? And I'm gonna click in here. You can see it's a 12-point line but with a 2-point gap. So you can decide how you want it to be. You might decide, now I want a 5 dash with a really big gap of 20. You can create your own kinda dash lines. All right, let's go to the next one, let's look at dotted lines. Dash lines are super easy, dotted lines for some reason are super complicated. Well, they're not, you're just kinda have to like bookmark this video and come back to it every time. I only remember it because I have to teach this stuff. So let's grab our pencil tool, and let's do like a flight path. Imagine these shoes are flying around the world doing great Nike stuff. There we go. So, got this line. It's gonna remember the last thing I've done. So, I'm gonna click on that and go to stroke. And say secure to that dash line. So back to our regular line. So to do a dotted line, you need to turn dash line on. Let's get rid of everything else in here. Back to kinda default. And the way you do it is really weird. The first dash you put in is zero, which doesn't do anything until you click on round caps, it needs to be zero. Then the gap is how ever big you want it to be. I'm gonna do 12. And you can kind of see it how it works. And you can see it's got like these dashes are absolutely zero but if you make those absolutely zero dashes round caps, they make dots, sweet? I'm gonna make the gap a bit smaller so it makes it a bit easier to see. I'm gonna increase the weight, so that my friends, is a really weird way to do dots. So just to recap, stroke needs to have a dash of zero, gap any size, and just make sure your capping is rounded. Al right, so that's a mixture of the pencil tool and the stroke. Arrowheads.stashed and tribal tattoos. Next up is your homework. So in your exercise files, there is this file. It's called Pencil 02. Do the same thing we did in this exercise. Bring it in file place it, lock it and then do your drawing over the top. Now the theme for this one is going to be travel, so think wings and planes and maps and those sorts of things. So practice with your dotted lines, I wanna see a dotted, a dashed and some of the kind of more, I keep calling them tribal. Basically, just those kind of nice profile lines. Remember to adjust your pencil so that it makes your drawing look nice. Add some planes and globes, that type of thing, okay. I want you to draw over the top. Think artistic illustration type thing. And when you're finished make sure that you share with us by Twitter, @TutsPlus, and I'm @DanLovesAdobe. And on Instagram, I am @BringYourOwnLaptop.

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