Use Artboard’s ‘Path Decorator’ style component to build custom brushes, like this double-helix.
Gradient fills are often used to shade objects for a realistic look. Using a gradient fill is limited because the gradient steps don’t always run in the same direction as the shape of the object. Here we show how to create blended stroke and fill styles for the desired effect. Read more
Ortelius delivers with a full suite of professional vector drawing tools. The Tools palette is visible by default. To Show / Hide Tools, click the Tools button on the toolbar, or choose ‘Window > Tools’ from the main menu.
Set your drawing canvas dimensions, drawing units, map scale, and more, including the ability to save settings as your personal default for new drawings.
This video shows how to “tear-off” the Color Picker to apply color to individually selected text in a single text box.
This video shows how to make a patterned brush style using simple graphics and the ’Path Decorator’ settings.
This video tip demonstrates how to show and hide sidebars, and how to move Tabs within sidebars for a customized workspace.
The Tools palette is visible by default. To Show / Hide Tools, click the Tools button on the toolbar, or choose ‘Window > Tools’ from the main menu.
Set your drawing canvas dimensions, drawing units and more, including the ability to save settings as your personal default for new drawings.
Create this cracked effect on text and shapes quickly by converting and combining shapes, then blowing things apart. Artboard’s simple, direct Regular Polygon ‘Star’ makes easy work out of drawing smashes.
Program : Artboard for Mac OS X
Topics Covered: Convert, Combine Objects
Estimated Completion Time: 15 minutes
The first step is to use a large blocky font with your text. Use the Text Tab to select a font and its style properties. Here we use Arial Black at 96pt.
Next add a Regular Polygon ‘star’ to drawing. With the star still selected, use the Geometry Tab to adjust number of sides (we use 12) and Inner Radius of the star.
With the text selected, choose Convert To > Shape Group from the Geometry Tab. Ungroup using the keyboard shortcut ⌘Command + Shift + G. Each letter is now an individual shape.
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With the star still selected, choose Convert To > Shape from the Geometry Tab. Click the Arrange > Move To Front button to move it on top of the text shapes, then stretch it out over letter shapes by dragging its object handles.
Next, choose Convert To > Path from the Geometry Tab (alternatively, double-click to ‘quick-convert’ it to a path). Adjust the individual points to achieve a more randomized smash pattern.
Select all the text and smash shapes and click the Combine > Difference button in the Geometry Tab.
Select again and choose Combine > Break Apart from the main menu. Now, you can begin to move fragments slightly outward (away from center) to emphasize the smashed effect. You can also try rotating them slightly to add a more scattered look.
This can be a great effect when applied to one or two words, and even other shapes (like we’ve done in our tutorial’s background image). Don’t be afraid to experiment. Tweak your design until you are happy with the overall look.
Artboard gives you the power to create advanced styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke. Here we show a simple way to create paths of bubbles for using under water or to float through the air. Read more
We heard some great suggestions from early users and have worked hard to implement the ones we’re sure you’ll love. Artboard 1.1 improves workflow and introduces even greater control for drawing paths, moving nodes and curve handles.
Updated Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are updated for improved workflow. For example, the Select tool now uses the [s] shortcut bringing it on par with other professional drawing software. The Spacebar offers quick activation of the Pan tool for repositioning the drawing canvas regardless of the currently active tool. See the complete list of keyboard shortcuts.
Users now receive “visual feedback” in the form of a darkened point when selecting any point along a path, or any curve handle.
Use the keyboard arrow keys now to “nudge” individually selected points and curve handles in any direction.
Quick Edit Mode
Double-click any shape to quickly convert between shape and path edit modes. For example, draw a square and double-click it to switch to edit path mode. Select a corner and nudge the point outward. Double-click it to convert it back to a shape object. Paths work the same way. Note that special objects, like stars and rounded rectangles, lose their special status when converted to regular shapes.
Automatically Closing Paths
Artboard 1.1 implements automatically closing paths as the default behavior for Irregular Polygons, Bezier Paths, and Freehand Line tools. When you draw your ending point on top of your starting point, the path will close automatically. To open a closed path, choose Edit > Paths (+Option-key) > Open from the main menu, or Option Key-Command-.(period) keyboard shortcut. The Command-.(period) keyboard shortcut will close an open path. HINT: If you prefer not to have paths automatically close, you can disable this behavior in the Artboard > Preferences.