N.S.L: WEEK 153 – Adobe Illustrator CC: “2014 Update: Pencil Tool”

We got a bunch of cool updates in the Creative Cloud but if we focus on Adobe Illustrator, I was most happy to see the updates in the Pencil Tool.

Vector Gnome
Gnome template sketched with Blob Brush

In this update, they gave us back a level of control and the ability to change the Alt/Option behavior when drawing.

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Above is a short video walking your through the updates.

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In both cases I think this is Adobe listening to their users requests.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2014
You have a 5th level of control on the Fidelity/Accuracy slider.

After CS6, they merged 2 sliders to make a single slider and then they created stops so that you were only left with 4 settings for the Pencil Tool. They did this because they were responding to requests to simplify the tool. Then I think some Pencil Tool fans (like me) asked for MORE control again. Adobe has responded and we got back an additional level of control. Thank you!!! =)

My suggestion, don’t make any stops. Just allow us to place the nob anywhere on the slider. Pretty please!

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Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Pencil Tool
Option for Smooth Tool Workflow

Again, after CS6, they changed the behaviour of the Alt/Option modifier when drawing with the Pencil Tool. The great thing was that we were given a modifier to create straight segments. The downside was that many designers depended on their existing workflow which included using the Alt/Option key to temporarily activate the Smooth Tool. Adobe responded with giving us the option to choose in the Pencil Tool Options Panel.

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