Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Digitize Shapes Tool

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In this video we're going to learn to use the Digitize Shapes tool which is found here on the

left-hand toolbar. And there are several options. When I mouse over that tool, it flies open with

the outline shape tool, free hand shape tool and magic wand tool. I will show how to use each of

these tools in detail. Before I begin, I will also point out that the Artistic Digitizer software is

capable of entering points and creating shapes using different modes to accommodate users of

other software. What I mean by this is if you look under your tools drop down menu for options,

there is a tab for tools, and under that tab for tools there is the section to set your

Digitizer tool and it comes based on context menu. This is the default for the Artistic

Digitizer software. If you're new to digitizing software, I highly recommend just using this. I

will do the beginning of my demonstration on the tools using context menu. However it's possible to

change to Drawings mode, Janome Digitizer mode or Bezier tool which will change the way these

tools work based upon other software. So if you're using a previous version of the Drawings software

you may wish to switch to that mode. If you use the Janome digitizer version 5 or 4 or previous,

you may wish to use Digitizer at this mode because it will change the way that you enter points. So

we're going to start with the default context menu. I'm going to say okay. It warns me that

the changes will be applied next time the program starts. I didn't actually make any changes so I'm

not concerned, but when we get to that stage then we'll do that step. So I've opened a new

design with a clean white background and a grid turned on so that we can see what I'm drawing.

And this is the tool Digitize Outline Shape. When I click, it makes a point and as a drag it

draws a line between the first point I drew and the second one. And I click again, left click,

and the points are blue and that means they're Auto smooth. So the software as I draw these

points will adjust the curve to be natural based upon the points that I've clicked on. Based upon

the previous point and the next point. And so by moving this next point I can actually adjust. It

changes the way the curve is going to smooth out. And so that is Auto smoothing and it's perhaps the

easiest to use and easiest to learn. If I hold down the shift key on my keyboard, I will get a

red corner point so I can combine the blue Auto curve points with holding shift down to get red

corner points. And then at any time if I want to control the curve more, I can click and drag. And

when I click and drag, I create a green point that has tangent lines. Watch me do it again. Click and

drag and see how I'm creating these arrows, and the further I drag the more that arrow is going

to affect the curve of the line before it and therefore also the curve of the line after it.

If I just simply click I get blue points. So the blue points are Auto smooth, the green points

are smooth based upon the tangents that we draw, and of course the shift clicks give us the corner

points that have no smoothing. When I right-click, I'm given the options to finish the section,

to close the section, or end the shape. And I'm going to start with end shape. And so I've drawn

this line. And I'm still in the Digitizer tool so if I want to draw another line, I can. And when

I right click and say end shape, I've drawn two independent lines. If I hit enter or choose the

selection tool, I will finish drawing lines and I've gone back to select mode. But I've drawn

two lines that are independent of each other. Sometimes we like to have lines that are joined

together. The way we would do that is to use the Outline Shape tool. Draw the first line and then

when you right-click you say finish section. Now we can draw another section of the same object. So

I'll draw a line that comes like this, right click, finish section and draw another line,

and right click. I could draw as many sections as I want until I choose end shape. When I choose

end shape, this is where the three lines get joined as one and you can see that the software

is connecting the lines based upon the closest connection point in between. So again you right

you left-click to draw lines, right click to finish a section, left click to draw the line,

right click to finish the section or end the shape. Now in the same way, if I draw a section

and I connect my last point to my first point, it will close that shape. Now I'll right click and

say end shape and you'll see that I've created a shape that includes fill stitches and outline

stitches. And so the difference is if you draw a line that is not closed, that is open, and

you finish it, it is an open line and open lines will only include outline stitches. However if we

draw a line where the first and last points join, it will be closed. We can draw multiple shapes,

in other words I can still draw another section to this object but when I right click and say end

shape, now these two oval shapes that I drew are really joined as one. They are connected together

and they're stitched together which is very different from drawing two independent ones. In

the same way, you can draw shapes that have holes. So if I outline a shape and close it, and then

make another section on top of it which is also closed, so I need to close the second section,

it joins those two sections and creates a hole where the two sections overlap. Again right-click

to end that shape so in that same method then we could draw a shape that has multiple holes.

So there's the first section now we'll draw a triangle and a squareish shape and a circleish

shape and then right click and say end shape and we've created a background fill with several holes

in it. So that is by joining two sections in one object with closed shapes. So in general that

is how it works. Other things of note to point out would be for example when drawing a shape,

and then I right-click and finish my section, when I'm drawing my next section, if I bring my mouse

over top of the previous point it'll actually just pick up the previous section and allow me to keep

drawing it. So if any time you finish a section but you wish to continue on you just bring your

next point over top of the previous point and that will allow you to continue drawing those points.

When you're done then you right click and say end that shape. Another detail that's worth pointing

out when drawing shapes is that if you've drawn a shape and you no longer like the way that you

drew it, you can use the backspace key on your keyboard to release the previous points and then

draw them again in another way however you wish. So on Apple keyboard that maybe the Delete key

that you push to go backspace. But the idea is that while drawing you can release the points by

using the backspace key on your keyboard. Then you right-click to end the shape. So now let's

go ahead and begin to talk about the freehand digitizing tool. With freehand digitizing you use

it more like you would use a pen. So if I start to click and drag I'm drawing my line and when I

let go I've drawn a section of the line. And I can draw another line by simply clicking and dragging.

And another line by clicking and dragging again. And it's not until I right-click that it closes

the section and all of those lines have been joined together in one object. And right-click

again to stop drawing lines. And so with the freehand tool it can be fun especially if you

use for example a tablet like a tablet monitor or even a desktop tablet like a Wacom tablet because

it can feel very natural to take the freehand tool and draw with it. Something else to be mentioned

about freehand drawing, I can close the shape so by just bringing in the first point to the

last point; I can freehand draw a closed shape; I can freehand draw holes in my closed shape;

and I can right click to end those shapes. But when you're using the freehand drawing tool you

have a smoothness option. Notice that based upon how squiggly my line is and how quickly I draw it,

the software will help smoothen that. And if I turn this down to zero and try to draw a little

squiggly line, it'll follow it more closely versus putting a higher number in here, 25 and then I try

and draw a squiggly line and it smooths that out. And so that is something that if you're

using the freehand drawing tool you will develop an opinion about what number works best for you

based upon how smoothly you draw in the first place, and the pace or the speed with which you

move your mouse or your drawing pen as the case may be. So when I right click it finishes drawing

those shapes and connects them all together as one object. So again, draw a line - makes a section,

draw a line - makes a section, right click finishes making sections. Start drawing a

new line for a part of a new object. So that is the freehand tool. Now let's look at the magic

wand tool as our third tool of option. To explain the magic wand tool, I will quickly click on my

browser tab and create some embroidery based on this artwork. So for example, if I turn on the

magic wand tool and mouse over top of the design, notice that my pointer has become a magic wand

tool. It's the star of the magic wand which is the point. If I click on top of the heart right here,

it creates a new embroidery object. And the new embroidery object is based upon the common

outline of whatever you click on. So in this case I clicked on the red heart and it gave me

the outline of the red heart and the inside outline of the flower. If I use the tool to

click on the flower, it'll give me a duplicate of the flower. If I place the flower over the top of

this other flower petal and then I use the tool to click on that flower petal, it'll give me the

outline of that flower that includes the outline of where this other flower overlaps with it. So

that is your magic wand tool and it can be used to help create new objects based upon the shapes

that are already on your screen. Before I talk about the other methods of using these tools

one more thing I could point out is that when you're drawing shapes like your outline shape,

you can use under your view drop-down menu on your grid or on guidelines, 'snap'. If snap is

turned on what that means is when your digitizing shapes, if you mouse close enough to a grid point

it will snap directly on to the grid line. So you can easily create points based upon

a certain grid angle, if you wanted to hold shift down and make a square that was perfectly square,

that sort of thing, you could easily snap to the grid. So when you have snap to grid turned on then

points will snap to the grid. If you want to turn it off you can go back into your view toolbar grid

and uncheck that. If you don't have it checked on and your drawing points and that snap to grid is

not turned on and you wish to, you can hold the Alt key down and that will help it to snap to

your grid automatically. Right-click say end shape to finish drawing the shape. So that was another

point that I thought was worth bringing into the conversation. Now let's move forward. Well before

I can show the other methods we'll need to visit our tools and options menu for tools and then

change the digitizer tool from context menu to the other three options which are the Drawings,

Janome Digitizer in the Bezier Tool. I'll begin with the Drawings and say okay. So I'll need to

restart to apply those settings. So the software's restarted and I'll just use my Create New button

to create a new empty workspace and zoom in a little bit closer. Now when I use the outline

shape to digitize a new shape and I left-click, I get the auto points. If I left click and drag,

I get the curved Bezier points, and if I hold Shift key down, I get the corner

points. So very much the same as it was before. What's different here from the newest version

which is what I already demonstrated, is when I right-click it automatically closes the shape,

closes the section, and allows me to draw the next section. When I right-click it automatically

finishes a section and if I want to finish the shape I simply right click a second time. So

what we don't get when we use the Drawings mode is the context menu, the actions menu that allows

you to choose to directly end the shape. So it's a slightly different method of inputting the points,

and like I said it's mainly if you're already used to using a certain method that you may want

to change that. So now let's go ahead take a look at how would this be different if we changed it

to the Janome Digitizer which I think is a bigger change than changing just from the newest version

of the Artistic Digitizer software and the previous Drawings version. So I'm going to go

ahead and say ok and restart the software. Ok I'm clean and restarted and now we'll use the

same outline shape tool in Janome Digitizer mode. Notice now when I choose that tool, left clicking

by default gives me the corner points. To get the blue curve points I have to right-click. I only

right-click, so there's no green curve points, only left clicks and right clicks. Now with this

version, you hit enter to finish a section which would allow me to draw another section

until I hit enter. And if I hit enter twice in a row, that will close the section and allow me

to start drawing a new object. So first enter breaks this segment, second breaks the segment,

hitting enter two times in a row closes the object and connects everything together.

And so that is the Janome Digitizer version and how it's different. One more to look at,

and I'll just go tools, options and switch again, this time to the Bezier tool mode, say okay and do

my restart. Okay, so we're restarted and this time I'm going to switch to the Digitize Outline tool

and demonstrate using Bezier tool mode. Notice now when I left click, I get corner points,

when I right-click I end the shape, but I'm still part of the same object so I can left-click. If

I want a curve, I left click and drag and I get green tangent points which are also known

as Bezier curves. This whole method of clicking and dragging is the Bezier curve model. In this

case right-click to finish drawing a segment, and right-click to finish an object based on however

many segments you made. So now I'm drawing a new object and I right-click or left-click and drag

to make my curves, I right click to stop drawing a section, I right click again to finish drawing and

not create any new sections. That is the Bezier mode and so you'll see they're all very similar

and once you get the swing of this tool, it's very easy to use but I do recommend if you're

a new user to learn to use the base model which is the one that gets installed with the

software. I think it gives the most options and works the best on context menu. So I'll

go ahead and restart that and hope you enjoyed the video on learning to use the Digitize Tool.

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