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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
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Using Select, Edit, and Move


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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

with David Lee

Video: Using Select, Edit, and Move

In this lesson we'll be learning to use SketchBook Pro's useful selecting, editing, and moving tools. Let's begin by opening the editbunny.tif file. So move your cursor to the main menu bar under File > Open and select editbunny1. Double-click on that and we see our friend up in the upper left-hand corner. Then go ahead and go to interface lagoon, select your Zoom and Rotate, so you can bring him into thepicture.

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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
2h 28m Beginner Jun 14, 2010

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In SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training, David Lee shows how to use SketchBook Pro's powerful tools and unique marking menu interface to make digital drawing and painting a natural experience. This course covers setting application preferences, selecting brushes, picking colors, choosing the right drawing tools for each project, and working with pen tablet and pen display devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the user interface lagoon
  • Customizing brush settings
  • Creating a texture brush
  • Refining a sketch with blur, smear and sharpen tools
  • Creating illustrations with layers
  • Using the Symmetry tool to mirror drawings across the X or Y axis
  • Using the ruler tool to draw and position precise straight lines
  • Using the Ellipse tool to draw and position precise circles, ellipses, and curves.
  • Saving projects
Subject:
Design
Software:
SketchBook Pro Wacom
Author:
David Lee

Using Select, Edit, and Move

In this lesson we'll be learning to use SketchBook Pro's useful selecting, editing, and moving tools. Let's begin by opening the editbunny.tif file. So move your cursor to the main menu bar under File > Open and select editbunny1. Double-click on that and we see our friend up in the upper left-hand corner. Then go ahead and go to interface lagoon, select your Zoom and Rotate, so you can bring him into thepicture.

Now, what I'd like you to do now is to next move your cursor to the lagoon area. Go to Edit. Now you have two selection tools remember. There's going to be your Marquee Select and your Lasso Select. Let's go ahead and select the Marquee Select because we don't have anything close by to interfere with our selection, and go ahead and press down your cursor and bring it across and bring it over the bunny. Now, obviously you do have some options here but what we're going to do next is we're going to go back to the Edit Icon and we're going to go down and select Copy and while we're there, lift up, press down again on the Edit button, and hit Paste.

Now, we've got our second one. Now, as you move your cursor over to the selected area, you can see we have some choices here. We can Scale, Rotate or Move. What we're going to do is basically move it right next to him, so he's got a buddy. Now, while we're there, while it's still selected, we're going to go ahead and press down on Edit again and just paste up another one. So now we've got three. Now, we're going to be a little more efficient here. Doing one-by-one bunny replication can take a little while. So let's go ahead and while we have our Marquee Selection tool in place, let's go ahead and press down on the upper- left corner of the first bunny, bring it across all the way to third one, bring it down until we select three.

So now what we're going to do is we're going to go to the Edit button, we're going to copy three, and we're going to paste three. The advantage of doing this is that if you know in your mind that you're going to have a repetitive pattern or object that's going to appear in your composition and rather by just cutting and pasting one by one and you know that it's going to be the same basic shape, pattern, or object, it's better just to go ahead and get to a specific number that would cover a certain size of your composition and just select multiples.

In this case, we're selecting multiples of three, and the purpose of that is it allows your drawing to move a lot more efficiently, so you can move on and complete other elements of your drawing. So let's go ahead and continue pasting. I'm going to do one more and then what we're going to do is we're going to have a nice army of 12 here. Let's go ahead, rather than selecting three, we're going to anchor our Marquee Selection tool at the upper-left corner and we're going to pull across and pull it straight down and now we've got 12, and go back to our Edit, Copy, Paste, okay.

Now, you can see how efficient having that tool is to be able to select, copy and paste many, many rabbits. Now, what I'd like you to do too is to take out Marquee Selection tool and I like you to go ahead and select one out of the entire bunch. Now, I'm just going to select this one over here. He looks like he's a little mischievous today. So we're going to go ahead and select that bunny over there in the upper corner, and what we're going to do now is we're going to go ahead and practice selecting and practicing some of the Editing tools in SketchBook Pro.

Now, one of the things we need to do is we can actually make him bigger than all the rest and make him stand out or we can make him small like a little child, or we can actually have some fun and then we can rotate him and have him standing on his head. We can also use the other tools to move him into place. Now, we can also use the Distortion tool to maybe make him look a little more squat or make him look a little wider. So to close, selecting and editing offers several options in Sketchbook Pro. It allows you complete freedom to change elements of your drawing with the stroke of your Pen.

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Q: The grid files the author uses in the course aren't included in the exercise files. Where can I find them?
A: The grid files are background template files that are provided with an Autodesk subscription, which comes with purchase of any Autodesk product, including Sketchbook Pro. To sign up for a subscription, visit http://subscription.autodesk.com and click Create an Account. You'll be prompted to enter your software license number, so make sure to have that handy.
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