Sketch layer

Choose Layer > Add Layer > Add Sketch Layer... to create a new sketch layer.

Choose Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Sketch to active Layer... to attach a new sketch layer to the active layer.

The new sketch layer can be selected from the Layers listbox to make it the active layer.

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Bixelangelo

The sketch layer can render EPS files recorded by Bixelangelo.

You can load another sketch by choosing Media > Change EPS....


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Radius

You can set the radius of the sketch with the Radius property.


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Writer

You can animate the sketch with the Writer property.


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Attach picture layer

You can attach a picture by choosing Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Picture to active Layer....


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Attach text layer

You can attach a text by choosing Layer > Attach Layer > Attach Text to active Layer.


Bitmap tracer

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Bitmap tracer

Next to EPS files, the sketch layer also accepts bitmaps, like PNG, BMP, TGA and GIF files. The picture is automatically traced and turned into a vector.

You can trace another picture by choosing Media > Change EPS....


Input picture

Best results are achieved when using a logo on a transparent background with a resolution of about 2000 pixels without small details at the edges. For logos without round edges the resolution can be smaller.

Quality

You can improve the quality by tracing a higher resolution picture.

The sketch layer also listens to the Settings > Low/Normal/High Quality menu items.

Sketch layer effect 1

Flat

The sketch is drawn as a flat, 2D line.

Square

The sketch is drawn as a straight, 3D line.

Bevel

The sketch is drawn with bevels.

Round

The sketch is drawn as a round, 3D tube.

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Attached Layers point upwards

Attached layer always point upwards.

Attached Layers follow Sketch

Attached layers follow the curves of the sketch.

Sketch layer properties

Position

The position of the sketch.

Rotation

The rotation of the sketch.

Size

The size of the sketch.

Radius

The radius of the tube of the sketch. The first slider controls the radius at the centre and the second slider at the start and end points.

Colour

The colour of the sketch.

Transparency

The transparency of the sketch.

Specularity

The specularity of the sketch.

Shearing

The extra displacement of the last point.

Writer

Animates the sketch. First slider controls the end position, second slider the start position. (in analogy with the same property of the text layer)