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- 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
Skill Level Beginner
In this lesson I will show you how to use SketchBook Pro's Ellipse tool. This tool allows us to create accurate circles, ellipses, arcs and curved lines. To begin, let's open in the phone.tif file. So, let's move your cursor to the main menu, select File > Open and select the phone. Let's go ahead and go to the Interface lagoon and go to Zoom and Move tool. Let's zoom it out so we can see the picture in its entity. Let's go and click out, and there are still a couple of more things before we start. Let's go ahead and see if you have layers, and yes we do, we have a couple of layers.
And what I am going to do here is am going to go ahead and click on the Opacity control and turn those down, so that they don't get in the way of our sketch, and go ahead and lock that down at the same time I want to go ahead and add a new layer, so that we can have a layer totally dedicated to doing ellipses. Let's go ahead and call the layer number 3 and we will call that the ELLIPSE LAYER. That looks good. Save that and just put that aside. We don't have to look at the colors. We can stay in black. So, let's take a look at our tools. So let's make a selection and click on our toolbox.
We will keep that handy on the side. We'll probably mostly use a pencil. We'll double-click on that. That looks pretty good. It's an HB size 2.0, so we'll keep that. So, now we have our dedicated Ellipse layer. Let's go ahead and talk about the tool. Let's move your cursor over to the interface lagoon and press down and you are going to drag over this tool. It looks kind like a projector and it's called the Ellipse tool. So go ahead and lift up that after you've selected that and what you'll see here is an ellipse. Now this ellipse has the several controls and you see I am already working on one of them.
That's the Move control, but there's also one here that allows you to adjust the shape, allows you to scale large, larger, and allows you to rotate, allows you to move, and also allows you to deselect. Let's go back to the lagoon to reactivate it. Go ahead and drag to Ellipse and let's go ahead and rotate this. Before we get started, I would like to change the shape of this phone. I am not particularly crazy about some of these straight lines. So what we doing do here is we are going experiment and play around with the contours.
So, what I am going to do here is I am going to move and position a series of curves, okay. Now, before we get drawing, I would like to introduce one other tool to make our life a little easier. Let's go ahead and go to the main menu bar and select Symmetry Y. The Symmetry line allows you us to create all our curved lines only on one side and then it will be mirrored on the other to create a full complete drawing. So what I am going to do is I like this curve. I may fill in just a little bit more, a little more upright. I like that line.
I am going to go ahead strike an arc. You can see how it struck it in a symmetrical fashion. Let's go ahead and create another one next to it, and what that's going to do, it's going to allow us to create a series of lines so that we have something to work with as we are trying to go through all design elements that are happening on this handset. What I am going to do next is I am going to grab the rotate handle. I am going to rotate that. You see here there is a little gauge at the top that gives you some idea of where you are. This is level 0. What I am going to do is go ahead and grow my curve just little more tight.
It's in the middle and I like that arc. Now, let's just make it little taller. It's in the middle, and you see where it here, just go ahead and create another line here, let's move it down. Create another one so that it's got an even border, and we create another one, so it matches the other thinner line. Now, while it's still set up, let's go ahead and move that same arc. We are going to strike lines at the bottom and that looks pretty good. So, we were go ahead and strike a line there. Now, again I am only drawing on one side. We are going to move it up a bit more, strike another one, and another one in that fashion.
Now, there are several more ellipses that we need to draw. So what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and reduce the scale, and while I am doing that, I am also going to use my Move and Zoom control from the user interface, position it right over the ellipse, so I can see my buttons a little more closely. I am going to move my ellipse. I want to grow it just a little bit more, and you see how it's centered around that sketched object. I am going to go ahead and strike my arc, and because my Symmetry tool is still in position, I can create buttons on the other side as well. Let's go ahead and get those other buttons in.
You see how those guidelines-- and thank god the guidelines are there, because those are going to be real helpful for positioning the buttons evenly when you are drawing. Let's go ahead and use our Move and Zoom button. Zoom out. Are there any other lines that we need to curve? No, we don't. So, let's go ahead and select Deselect button to turn that off. And while that Symmetry tool is still on, what I am going do is I am going to draw in the horizontal lines that I need to complete the screen and the separation one dividing this screen from the keypad. So, I am going to hold down my Shift key on my keyboard and you see how even with the Symmetry tool, I can create all of these lines.
Now, I am going to go ahead and move my cursor up to the top. While my Shift key is still held down on my keyboard, I'll create a little vertical line. Let's go to our toolbox and I can show you how to use the Symmetry tool to clean up all of my details. Let's go ahead and turn on our Resize Brush tool. So, I can now create some curved lines. To really soften the design. I go down below, use my Eraser. Let's go ahead and get rid of some of these lines. I select my Pencil tool. Again, using Symmetry tool, I can clean that little bit more.
Let's go ahead and zoom out. I am also going to do a couple of things. I am going to go back to my Layer Editor, I am going to go to Hide Layer to hide the original line drawings, and there you have it. You now have a new telephone created using the Ellipse tool. In closing, freehand drawing circles and ellipses can often be a challenge, let alone being able to draw them inaccurately. SketchBook Pro's Ellipse tool make it easy to draw both ellipses and curved lines.