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.


Above is a short video walking your through the updates.


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!


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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