Pencil Editor Tool Properties

When you select the Pencil Editor tool, its properties and options appear in the Tool Properties view.

NOTE: To learn how to use the Pencil Editor tool, see About the Pencil Editor Tool.

Pencil Editor Tool Properties View

Icon Tool Name Description
Lasso

Sets the selection mode to Lasso, which allows you to select multiple items by drawing a lasso around them.

TIP: When this option is enabled, you can press and hold the Alt key to temporarily use Marquee mode.
Marquee

Sets the selection mode to Marquee, which allows you to select multiple items by drawing a rectangle around them.

TIP: When this option is enabled, you can press and hold the Alt key to temporarily use Lasso mode.
  Maximum Size

Defines the maximum width of the pencil line.

If the pencil line has a constant size, this will define the width of the pencil line all over. If the pencil line has a varying size, this will define the width of its larger areas. Areas that are in-between the maximum and minimum size will be resized proportionally.

  Minimum Size Defines the minimum width of the pencil line. If the pencil line has a varying size, this will define the width of its smaller areas. Areas that are in-betwen the maximum and minimum size will be resized proportionally.
  Shape

You can adjust the start, end, and join style of a pencil line.

Pencil Line Style

  • Start: Lets you select the style of the start tip, which is the first tip you drew. You can choose between Round or Flat style.
  • End: Lets you select the style of the end tip, which is the last tip you drew. You can choose between Round or Flat style.
  • Join: Lets you select the joint style. The joints are where the line curves abruptly. You could also define the Join style as the corner style. You can choose between Round, Mitre and Bevel style.
  Presets

Harmony provides a variety of pencil presets and thickness stencils and also lets you create and save your own. It is a good idea to create and save pencils with precise sizes and parameters when you draw and design for efficiency and consistency.

A thickness stencil saves the thickness information across the length of the line. When drawing with a thickness stencil, the pressure sensitivity of the tablet is discarded. A thickness stencil can be used while drawing, or applied afterwards.

You also have the possibility to apply different textures to your lines by either using the default presets or importing your own See About Pencil Line Textures. .

You can export the pencil presets that you have created and import those that others have created. This is a good way for you and project collaborators to keep a consistent look for the project.

New Pen Template New Brush

Allows to create a new preset from the selected pencil line.

New Pen Template Delete Brush

Deletes the currently selected preset.

  Rename Brush

Deletes the currently selected preset.

  Small Thumbnail, Large Thumbnail, and Stroke View

Allows you to display the presets as small square thumbnails, large square thumbnails or a list of stroke preview.

Use as Default Pencil Texture Palette

Sets the currently selected pencil texture palette as the default pencil texture palette in your user preferences. The default pencil texture palette is added to every scene you create in Harmony. The palette is copied in your preferences, so it will be added to your new scenes in the exact state it is when you make it the default pencil texture palette.

Reload Default Texture Palette

Imports the default pencil texture palette as a new pencil texture palette into your scene's palette list, and selects it as the current pencil texture palette.

  New Texture

Adds a new custom pencil texture to the list.

  Delete Texture Deletes a texture preset from the list.
  Rename Texture Renames the selected texture to keep the list organized.
  Presets

Harmony provides a variety of pencil texture presets and also lets you create and save your own.

  Pencil Texture Palette Displays the colour palette assigned to hold the pencil textures. Use the Colour View menu to assign a new palette.
Smooth Selection

The Smooth operation lets you smooth out selected drawing strokes and remove extra points.

  • From the top menu, select Drawing> Optimize > Smooth or press Alt + Shift + S.

Pump Up Pressure Pump Pencil Pressure

The Pump Pencil Pressure option is used to increase the line thickness of a selected area on a pencil line.

Deflate Pressure Deflate Pencil Pressure

The Deflate Pencil Pressure option is used to decrease the line thickness of a selected area on a pencil line.

Deflate Pressure Merge Pencil Lines

Pencil lines are central vector lines and it might be difficult to match pencil line’s tips properly to align them and make it look like it is one single line. With the Select tool, you can select several pencil lines and merge them as one single object using the Merge Pencil Lines option. The ends of your lines are adjusted to form one single line.

Deflate Pressure Reverse Pencil Thickness

The Reverse Pencil Thickness option inverts the thick and thin section on a selected pencil line. This option will take the thickest size on the line and apply it to the thinnest, and it will apply the thinnest to the thickest.