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LineForm v.1.5

Freeverse's free update shows some sexy curves By Ko Maruyama
Lineform, the drawing and illustration software from Freeverse, just got a nice little update to bring it up to version 1.5.  If you have a version lower than 1.3.2, you might not know (check updates was added into the 1.3.2 build). Now, in 1.5, there are a few new features that will help you create your vector art faster, and with more control.

Speed updates aren't the only additions to the new build.  A little over a year ago, I took a look at this streamlined little vector drawing tool ("A Line Forms for Lineform / 110473 / 02/28/07). Since then, the application has undergone a few changes, adding some great features that will help you create your image.

One of the features that I particularly like is the ability to customize the artistic strokes. While this is not a necessarily a new feature, the tool has received a little modification which will help you make big customizations.



If you don't have LineForm, you can download the FULL 30-DAY DEMO from Freeverse here: www.freeverse.com.




1. SELECT BRUSH
You can either select the brush from the toolbar at the top of the document that is currently open, or you can simply use the shortcut key (B). The brush will help you create curves easily - I suggest a stylus and a tablet to use the tool well.



2. EDIT REGULAR STROKE
Although you'll see the vector shape when you're drawing, as soon as you release the mouse/stylus and allow the line to be stroked, you'll see the default solid and color settings show up.  You can modify the ends, corners and thickness easily in the dialogue box for the stroke attributes.



3. CHANGE TO ARTISTIC STROKE
In the stroke dialogue box, change SOLID to ARTISTIC.  The stroke will change, and you'll see the options for modifying the size/profile of your stroke and several different brush presets.



4. EDIT CURVE
Click the small "-" (minus) box in the bottom of the custom size/profile dialogue box to flatten the curve.



By clicking in the small box, you can describe the profile size of the brush as it travels along the path that you've drawn.

 

The small check box at the top of this editor window will toggle its effect ON/OFF, so you don't have to delete the curve in order to reset the default size/profile.

5. DRAW THE CURVE
If you have a tablet, you can modify the curve by applying pressure to your stylus. Version 1.5 has pressure sensitivity support which will create this size graph for you after you generate the stroke. Once you're done drawing, you can come back to this editor to modify the artistic stroke.



Unfortunately, you can't see the results of the brush until you're done drawing the stroke (when using Mac before OS X 10.5; Lineform works on OS X 10.4 or higher).

Freeverse continues to make vector drawing, illustration and graphic tools easier for everyone at an affordable price. In addition to the Mac, PC and console video games that they produce, they have other software to help you create audio and video projects.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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