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Create Custom Blended Styles

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

Tools Palette Overview

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.

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Setting Up a New Map

Set your drawing canvas dimensions, drawing units, map scale, and more, including the ability to save settings as your personal default for new drawings.

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Quick Tip: Multi-Colored Styled Text Box

This video shows how to “tear-off” the Color Picker to apply color to individually selected text in a single text box.

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How to Create a Pattern Brush

This video shows how to make a patterned brush style using simple graphics and the ’Path Decorator’ settings.

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Quick Tip: Customize Tabs in Sidebars

This video tip demonstrates how to show and hide sidebars, and how to move Tabs within sidebars for a customized workspace.

The Tools Palette

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.

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Setting Up a New Drawing

Set your drawing canvas dimensions, drawing units and more, including the ability to save settings as your personal default for new drawings.

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How to Create Swirling Paths of Bubbles in Artboard

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

Artboard 1.1 Improves Vector Drawing Control and Workflow

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.

Visual Feedback

Users now receive “visual feedback” in the form of a darkened point when selecting any point along a path, or any curve handle.

Nudge

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.

Create a Polished Raised Type Treatment

Use the Style Inspector along with Artboard’s new transform settings to create a polished raised type treatment. It is super easy to apply the style to other shape objects. Read more