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Brush vs. Pencil (Designer Draw Persona)


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{I mistakenly said Pen tool a couple of times (corrected); I meant to only compare Pencil & Brush in Draw Persona.}

 

In Draw Persona, both the Brush tool and the Pencil tool {<—wrong! see below} can be used to draw with vector brushes (StrokePalette>Style>'Texture Line'). 

 

The obvious differences between Brush & Pencil (that I can see) are:

 

- The last drawn Pencil tool line is automatically selected – not so for Brush tool.

(This would be my criteria for picking one over the other.)

 

- A Brush tool line cannot have a fill.

 

- While the Pencil tool's stroke colour can be chosen with the Colour-Pickers 'stroke' ring, 

when you use the Brush, the Colour-Picker switches to two 'fill' circles.

 

¿ What is the thinking behind this? Why does the vector Brush's Colour Picker have two circles?

 

 

thanks,

 

- pbass

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My understanding is that the the brush tool, used w. vector brushes, is meant for creating textured strokes, as in a painting. When the pen tool uses a vector brush for the stroke, the vector texture will enclose a fill. The fill can be a bitmap, not just a color. So the textured stroke can high light the image fill. 

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My understanding is that the the brush tool, used w. vector brushes, is meant for creating textured strokes, as in a painting. When the pen tool uses a vector brush for the stroke, the vector texture will enclose a fill. The fill can be a bitmap, not just a color. So the textured stroke can high light the image fill. 

I see I made typos in my OP, and referred to the Pen tool when I meant Pencil tool – now corrected.

 

I was pointing out the differences between the Pencil tool (not the Pen tool) and the Brush tool

 – both of which can draw vectors with 'Texture Line Style'.  {<—My misapprehension, see next post.}

(Although the Pencil can have a fill, I'm talking about both tool's Stroke.)

 

Wondering specifically about the reason for the Pencil & Brush's different Colour-pickers.

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Ok, a lightbulb just went on!

I had thought that Pencil tool could start off with a 'Texture Line' Style (i.e., a vector brush); but

I realize now that when you select that kind of Stroke, it automatically goes back to pure vector line ('Solid Line' Style). I hadn't noticed that before.

You can change a Pencil line's Stroke to 'Texture Line', after the fact; but not while drawing. Got it.

 

The developers' choice of a double-sphere colour-picker for the vector Brush tool confused me – with no fill available, it can only have a stroke, right? (Even if the stroke is derived from bit-map image.)

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