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With that, I would like to take these new techniques that we have been talking about and put them to the test. I have got another file that I want to work on so let us go over and open that up. That file should be on our Lesson Five Folder. If you copied all your elements to your desktop and we are looking for gondola. We are going to do a little gondola drawing. Set this file up with a little bitmap in the background. Once again, we are going to use it as a reference for building up our file and we are going to need a gondola as well as a gondolier later in some of our lessons when we start animating things.
Now for right now, I want to draw up this gondola. I will add a layer for drawing into and we can start off with some of the other sections of the gondola here. We will definitely be drawing the whole thing but I think what I will do is zoom in just a little bit on the prow area. It got a very interesting looking section on the front of these boats and I want to draw that out. If you are looking at that, you might be looking at your tool set going not rectangles, maybe not the pencil tool, maybe the pen tool. Well, what I would like to do is try to do this with a combination of tools. We can apply some of those techniques we saw before. If I break this shape up into a bunch of little parts, I am just going to pick whatever tool is going to work for me at the time. I might even be looking at this curve right here and be thinking pen tool. But, do not forget the lowly little line segment tool. It is really handy in cases like this.
Before I start drawing, I want to make sure that we can see this. So, I am going to change my stroke color to a little bit brighter color so we can kind of work on this for a while. We can always change the color later. In that way, it will show up in front of this drawing pretty well. I will just draw an arc that stretches from point to point. If I was using the pen tool, I would be starting at this point and dragging out and going to the other side. So if I go back over to my normal selection tool, we can take any of our vector shapes and we can modify them. There you can see my curve indicator coming in to the cursor and that indicates that I should be able to pull this curve around and make that nice arc for the other edge without too much trouble. Let us stick with this line segment tool. I want to kind of watch my snap on this one because sometimes, I want to be able snap objects and sometimes, I want to turn it off. For instance here, I want to be able to snap to that end at the top and make a vertical line coming down.
Now we talked about constraints but you will notice that with snap turned on, I get a constraint to a vertical line. I am kind of lucky here because the photograph that was taken has the boat with that element in a vertical so I get a nice clean line coming down. Okay, let us zoom in a little bit. One additional thing, whenever you are zooming if you happen to have one item selected your zoom – I am using command plus which would be Ctrl+ on the PC. We will zoom right in on the element that you have selected. Let me undo that. If you do not have an item selected and you do a zoom, you will end up with just zooming to the center of the screen and that may not be what you are looking for. There is a little hook in the front of this and then we have all these tabs sticking out so I want to build those up. I can drop in another curve segment right from here and go down. And, instead of drawing all of these individually, what I was thinking of doing is just going straight down to the end. There is a little angle so you can see I am at a point now where snap is actually working against me. I wanted just the pixel in and I am not quite getting what I want. So, I can make sure I turn the snap off and try my segment again, there we go.
Now I will just drag this on into the edge and we will set that piece up. I want to be able to make all of these little cut-out sections in our area and I am going to use exactly that kind of a tool. I am going to use a cut-out tool. They are kind of re