How to (re)Create a Custom Built-In Style

Here’s how to create a custom style from your favorite built-in Library styles.

Tutorial Details

Program: Artboard 2 graphic design app for Mac OS X

Difficulty: Easy

Topics Covered: Style Tab

Estimated Completion Time: 5 minutes

Step 1

  1. Open the Styles & Clipart palette from the toolbar.
  2. Choose a drawing tool.
  3. Choose a style from the palette.
  4. Draw.

You’ll see the active style in the Tools palette bottom preview window and in the Style Tab.

Step 2

As you draw, Artbard uses a clone of the Library style on the object — the object has an “ad-hoc” style that can be edited.

With the object still selected, make changes to the style component. In this example, we change the color of the Zig-Zag Stroke style component. The changes to the style are applied to the selected object.

Working With Other Style Components

Artboard currently has 13 different style components, such as Hatch Fill and Path Decorator. Apply any style to an object and experiment with modifying its components to create your own customer styles. The Artboard User Guide provides details about working with different style components in the Style Tab.

Optionally, Save to User Library

When you continue drawing, the active style is applied to new objects. You can also use the style dropper to pick-up a style from one object and drop it on others.

Optionally, if you want to save a custom style to your User Library for later re-use, click the Action Menu button at the bottom of the Style Tab and choose ‘Save As Library Style…’. The Library Manager opens and shows the saved style, where it can be saved and managed.