Toolbar Box Six: Lines, Shapes & Fill

Line, Shape & Fill IconsLines, Shapes, Fill: Freehand, Curve, Line, Bezier, Solid Rectangle, Outlined Rectangle, Solid Oval, Outlined Oval & Fill
Once you've picked a brush tool (drawing implement) from Box One at the top of the Toolbar, the next thing you will pick is the kind of line you wish to make. Here are your choices:
Freehand: Freehand is the most commonly used line and allows you to draw, as it says, freehand.
Curve: Curve is almost identical to Freehand. Please notify me if you know of a unique feature for the curve line.
Line: The width and opacity of the Line may be set using the size and opacity slides and then it will draw a straight line from one point to another when you position your cursor anywhere on the canvas and click/hold/drag.
Bezier1: (also known as "Bezy or Bezzie" in oekaki lingo) This is a tool that will draw a line by either clicking on two different places on your canvas or doing the click/hold/drag type of line. The first method will produce a closed, tear drop shape that can be manipulated in a limited fashion. The second method makes a line that you can curve
  1. in one direction by dragging then double clicking, or
  2. in two opposing directions by dragging, clicking once, dragging again and double clicking.
I haven't found a use for it myself but I know that people who do a lot of line art like to use it for making very smooth curved lines in their drawings. (Considered "cheating" by purists. Ha-ha.) Below is an example of how these three stages of the line might look. You can vary the line size, brush type and opacity in the normal way. (In these examples I have used the Pen tool, black, size 5 pixels, opacity=160)
Teardrop Single Curve Double Curve
Bezier 1 Bezier 2 Bezier 3
1 A Bezier curve is a mathematically defined curve used in two-dimensional graphic applications. The curve is defined by four points: the initial position and the terminating position (which are called "anchors") and two separate middle points (which are called "handles"). The shape of a Bezier curve can be altered by moving the handles. The mathematical method for drawing curves was created by Pierre Bézier in the late 1960's for the manufacturing of automobiles at Renault.
Solid Rectangle: Set the brush2, color, opacity and texture you want and then position your cursor anywhere inside the canvas, click/hold/drag and drop to form a solid square or rectangle with the features you have just preset. Below is a Solid Rectangle done using the airbrush tool with a striped texture at an opacity setting of 100, color is dark blue (but shows light because of the low opacity setting) on a solid gold background.
Outlined Rectangle: Using the same settings as above and adding a size setting of 47 pixels to determine the width of the outline, here is what an Outlined Rectangle would look like.
Solid Rectangle Outlined Rectangle
Solid Rectangle Outlined Rectangle
Solid Oval: The Solid Oval works the same way as the Solid Rectangle.
Outlined Oval: The Outlined Oval works the same way as the Outlined Rectangle.
Fill: The Fill Tool is useful for filling an entire canvas or for filling an unimpeded area of the canvas.
2 The Watercolor Brush tool does not work with the Rectangle/Oval tools. The Mosaic Brush tool only works if applied over another color.