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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
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Using the Symmetry Y tool


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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

with David Lee

Video: Using the Symmetry Y tool

In this lesson I'll show you how to use SketchBook Pro's Symmetry-Y tool. Drawing in symmetry allows you to draw mirrored images by drawing only one side along an axis. To begin, we're going to create a pot of flowers. What I'd like you to do is to press down on your Shift key on your keyboard. Position your cursor to the middle of your axis line. And drag it out to the left. And you see the Symmetry tool at work. We'll go ahead and create another one just below it. Let's go down the ways and create another one. Maybe a little bit longer. And create another one down below it, just a little bit shorter.

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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 the Symmetry Y tool

In this lesson I'll show you how to use SketchBook Pro's Symmetry-Y tool. Drawing in symmetry allows you to draw mirrored images by drawing only one side along an axis. To begin, we're going to create a pot of flowers. What I'd like you to do is to press down on your Shift key on your keyboard. Position your cursor to the middle of your axis line. And drag it out to the left. And you see the Symmetry tool at work. We'll go ahead and create another one just below it. Let's go down the ways and create another one. Maybe a little bit longer. And create another one down below it, just a little bit shorter.

Okay, now while your Shift key is still held down, let's go ahead and create one vertical line and another one, just about right there midpoint, okay. Let's go ahead and lift up our Shift key while the pencil is still selected. We're going to go ahead and create a diagonal line to meet up with those two marks that we made. And we create another diagonal line right here. Take our Eraser tool. Can you see how the Eraser tool works in symmetry? Let's go ahead and select our Pencil tool.

Hold down our Shift key. Create some horizontal lines to give our pot some character. Now let's go ahead and take our Move and Zoom tool. Let's zoom a little bit down, so we can now create some roses. So let's create roses by creating a series of spiral lines and then some nice curvy lines. Create the body of our flower or the petals. And let's create another one over here. Let's move out a little bit to give ourselves some room for the leaves.

We'll create one more down below. Next, what we're going to do is create the leaves. And the last part we're going to do is draw our stems, starting from the ones in the back. Can you see how the Symmetry tool works? It just allows us to draw only on one side of our axis to create a mirrored image. Now to complete this drawing, let's go ahead and go back to our toolbox and select the Marker tool. Make sure we have the black ink.

And as a double check, let's go ahead and double-click on that to make sure we have a pen that we can use for a bold line, Size 8 and Slant 90. That allows us to have a very controllable pen. And let's go ahead and create a nice bold outline around our flower and pot. Now notice I still have my Symmetry tool activated. So this allows me to draw everything very quickly, very efficiently and very precisely. Now again, if you want to go ahead and draw your horizontal lines, once again, hold your Shift key down.

If you want to go ahead and use your Move and Zoom tool, go back the interface. Select it and move in. And what this will do is it will allow you to have a better view of your pot. Now once again if you want to do a vertical line, hold down your Shift key, drag down. Drag across. Lift up on your Shift key to do the freehand angled line. Press down your Shift key and drag your pen to the left to do your horizontal line. And then connect these two lines, doing a freehand line. Let's go ahead and zoom out. Now to complete the drawing, go ahead and go back up to the main menu line.

Deactivate Symmetry-Y. And there you have it. To close, the Symmetry-Y tool allows you to draw mirrored objects with the ability to add freehand sketch details. In a later lesson we'll add color to this line drawing.

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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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