You can enable and configure pen stabilization using the Pen Settings toolbar. You may have to do some trial and error to find the settings that work for you and to get used to drawing with the stabilizer.
- Add the Pen Settings toolbar to your workspace by doing one of the following:
- In the top menu, select Windows > Toolbars > Pen Settings.
- Right-click on any existing toolbar and, in the context menu, select Pen Settings.
In the drop-down to the left of the toolbar, select one of the following Pen Stabilizer modes:
Average: Harmony calculates the average direction of all of your mouse or pen gestures between the end of the actual drawing stroke and the current position of your mouse cursor or pen tip, and extends the stroke in this average direction, effectively evening out jitter and rounding sharp turns.
Pulled String: When you start drawing a stroke, Harmony positions the drawing tool where your stroke starts. As you move the mouse or tablet pen, the drawing tool remains in that position, but a "string" appears, linking your drawing tool to your mouse cursor or pen tip.
This string has a certain maximum length. Once that length is reached, the string pulls the drawing tool in the direction of your mouse cursor or tablet pen.
In the field just right of the drop-down, select the stabilizer distance you want to use. You can enter a number between 0 and 100. You can also click and drag on the left-right button right of the text field to adjust its value.NOTES
- This sets the distance by which your drawing tool trails behind your mouse cursor or tablet pen. The higher the distance, the more stabilized your drawing motions will be, but the harder it will be to draw sharp corners and precise shapes.
- For casual drawing, it is recommended to try values ranging between 5 and 20 at first. Higher values are more useful for drawing with a lot of minutia.
- Click on the Stabilizer Settings button and:
If you selected the Average method and you want your drawing strokes to catch up with your tablet pen when you hold the pen tip against your tablet without moving it, make sure the Catch Up option is checked. Otherwise, uncheck it.NOTE Stabilization makes your drawing stroke trail behind as you move your mouse cursor or tablet pen tip. This option makes your stroke catch up to your tablet pen when you hold it against the tablet without moving. This option only works when drawing with a tablet pen.
- If you selected the Pulled String method and you want the virtual string between your mouse cursor or pen tip and your drawing tool to display, make sure the Show String option is checked. Otherwise, uncheck it.
- If you want to use the pen stabilizer with the Eraser tool, make sure the Eraser option is checked. Otherwise, uncheck it.
- Try to draw in the
Camera or Drawing viewto test how your settings work out, and make adjustments as needed until you have the configuration that works best for you.
- When you want to disable pen stabilization, open the stabilization drop-down in the Pen Settings toolbar and select Stabilizer Off.