These tools play an essential role for designers who require accuracy. SubScribe is useful for technical illustration, logo and font design. With its help, you can create tangents and perpendiculars to the paths, create a circle according to given points, quickly align objects relatively to horizontals or verticals, create circumscribed and inscribed circles and much more. In today's review all 14 tools are described, and animated pictures hopefully will help you understand their properties at a single glance.
After installing the SubScribe plug-in icons of its tools appear in the Tools panel.
Tangent and Perpendicular Line Tools
Line tangent to two paths allows you to create a common tangent to two existing paths. SubScribe will create points of these tangents at the only one possible area, no matter where you clicked.
Line tangent to path creates a tangent from the point selected by you to an existing path.
Line tangent from path creates a tangent from the chosen location of the existing path.
Line perpendicular to two paths allows creating common perpendiculars to two existing paths.
Line perpendicular to path creates a perpendicular from the chosen point to an existing path.
Line perpendicular from path creates a perpendicular from the chosen location of the existing path.
Circles and Arcs Tools
Circle by 2 or 3 Points creates a circle that passes through two or three points. The location of these points is specified in the process of creating a circle. To create a circle by two points, simply define the location of two points by clicking in the right places through which the circle will pass.
To create a circle by three points, do the following sequence of actions: set the first point of the circle, then release the mouse button and move the cursor to the place where the second point of the circle will be located. Click, setting this point, and without releasing the mouse button move the cursor to the place where the third point of the circle will be located.
Tangent Circle creates a circle based on a tangent to it. For example, create an object that consists of two straight-line segments, take the tool and click on one of the segments. After clicking on the second segment, a dialog window opens where you can enter the desired radius of the circle.
The circle can be created based on common tangents to the curved segment and the created circle.
Curvature Circle creates a circle whose radius matches the radius of the Bezier curve at the point of their tangency.
Arc by three points creates an arc, which is a part of the circle at three selected points.
Arc start-end-direction creates an arc, which is part of the circle at two selected points. Control over curvature radius is done with the help of the handle.
Connect and Straighten Tools
Connect Tool smoothly connects curvilinear paths, forming between them a curved segment.
Straighten Tool changes sloping position of the straight segments to a strictly vertical or horizontal. Opt / Alt button is designed to choose the direction. Straighten Tool also converts curved segments into vertical or horizontal straight line segments.
Orient Tool is designed to quickly orient (rotate to vertical or horizontal) vector artwork and linked or embedded images. To align raster objects, select the Orient Tool and holding down the Opt/ Alt double click on the selected image.
To align or rotate vector graphics, take the Orient Tool and by clicking twice or click-dragging, determine two Rotation points on the selected object. Hovering over one of the orient annotation end points, click-dragging allows the rotation of all selected objects based around the opposite annotation end point. If you simultaneously click-drag and hold down Shift, you will lock the rotation to the vertical or horizontal axis
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