There are four different tools used to create vector lines and shapes. In this movie, we are going to use the the most powerful and most used tool in vector creation, the pen tool, and we will use it to create the profile of a wine bottle.
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- [Voiceover] In the previous video, I told you there were four different tools used to create vector lines and shapes. And in this video, we're going to use the pen tool to create the profile of a wine bottle. We're only going to create half the profile, because in the following video I'll show you how to go back, edit, manipulate the nodes, and complete the wine bottle profile. So let's take a look at the file that I have set up for you here. And, if you look at the layers panel, you have the template for the bottle here, which I have locked, and you can unlock and lock a layer just by clicking on this icon.
We have it locked so you can't select it. And here I want you to actually draw, or trace this profile. But we're not going to do the entire profile. We're only going to do half of it. Ok, so, I've set up some guides here for you. So if you hit command, colon, and then hit command + on my keyboard a couple of time to zoom in, and I'm going to hold the spacebar to get my hand tool, to drag it into position, alright. And I'm going to do this again. Command + to zoom in some more, spacebar, hand tool.
Then I'm going to grab my pen tool. You can either go over here and click the pen tool, or you can hit P on your keyboard. And then I'm going to click my first point, because I have this center line of this bottle. And the reason why I want to do half the profile is because it's a bottle and bottles are machine-made so they're perfectly symmetrical. If I were doing something that was organic or asymmetrical, then I wouldn't need to have an exact duplicate of one side to the other, to make it look like it was machined. But we want this thing to look machined, so we're only going to do half the profile here.
Ok, so, I have the pen tool selected, and I'm going to click my first point. My second point, I'm going to hit command and + to zoom in some more, so you can see clear. My second point is going to be just before the curve. Now this is an area where a lot of new beginners who use the pen tool, they get so frustrated because it's not doing what they want and it's just really hard to understand what's actually happening. But it's really a powerful tool and it's one of the best tools to give you the most control. If you click here, just before the curve, and then here's the curve, and where it comes out, you're going to click and you're going to drag.
You're going to hold down the mouse button and drag. Now I may not have it perfect in the beginning, and that's perfectly fine. So I'm going to go ahead, and I'm going to click another point. That's pretty close, now there's this little curve here. So where this curve begins, here, and it goes out right here, I'm going to click and then I'm going to drag. Ok, now this curve comes out and starts here, and then comes down and then it's a straight line, so I'm going to click a point here, and then I'm going to click another point here.
And then there's a little bit of curve in here. So, I'm going to show you where this one starts. Where it comes is right about here, so I'm going to click and drag. Ok, so it's a little bit higher up, but that's OK. I'm going to show you a quick tip for editing that on the fly. If you hold down the command key, it will switch to your node manipulation tool. And I'm going to just drag this into place here, and I'm going to drag this node, this handle to just adjust that curve, and then drag this node right in here somewhere.
So that's a bit closer to what I want. And we're still in the line creation tool, so now when I click my next point, which will be, this looks like a straight line pretty much to this point right here, so it'll be right here. And this created a nice straight line there. And then I have another point right here, click and drag. Then I'm going to click a point, because this is where the curve is starting, so I'm going to click a point there. And a point here, and drag out.
Now some people may want to do this, I'm going to Command Z that. Some people may want to go in here and try to like keep dragging these little points here. The more nodes you have, the more inconsistent that line is. So you really want to use the most minimal amount of nodes. So I'm going to Command Z that a couple of times here. And go back, alright, so here's my curve. I'm going to click a point here. And it comes out right about there, so I'm going to click and I'm going to drag out here.
Now I'm zoomed in too close because I can't see where my curve is, but that's OK, because I'm going to hit my Command key, and adjust that, just like so. And, I'm going to go down to right about here. Click a point, I'm going to click another point right about here where the curve ends somewhere around in here, click and drag. I'm going to get this nice flowing curve here. And then I'm going to end right here on this line.
So, I've created a profile. I've got a couple of areas here that I want to adjust, and in the next video we're going to make adjustments to those lines and get this a little bit smoother in those areas, and manipulate those nodes. And then I'll show you how to create the other half without having to draw everything all over again. So we draw one half and then we're going to duplicate that half on the opposite side, and then I'll show you how to make it one complete shape. That's it for the introduction of the pen tool.
Here Ronnie McBride introduces new students to the workflows and tools required to get them up to speed with this fast, powerful, and professional application. He shows how to work with Affinity Designer's workspaces, called personas; use the drawing tools; and create custom brushes. After completing this course, students will feel more confident and proficient at using Affinity Designer in their own work.
- Creating a new document
- Setting up margins, guides, and grids
- Drawing vector lines and shapes
- Using the Pen tool
- Creating and editing text
- Scaling and rotating objects
- Selecting areas and color ranges
- Using layer masks
- Adding layer effects and adjustment layers
- Creating new brushes
- Exporting your work