Want To Save Time Creating Perpendicular Lines?
In SubScribe V2, the perpendicular line tools have been consolidated into a single tool to make things easier. By clicking on the Perpendicular Line Tool, you can create a perpendicular line from any object, as you normally would with V1. This works perfectly with any type of straight or curved line.
Multiline Perpendicular Segments
One of the best new additions to SubScribe V2 is the expansion of features built into the Perpendicular Line Tool. The Multiline Perpendicular Segments is a NEW added feature in SubScribe V2 that adds some very useful functionality to the plugin. Most of these features require using the keyboard shortcuts though.
The first step in getting started is to select the Perpendicular Line Tool by dragging a perpendicular line from a path. While dragging, you can hit the "A" shortcut on the keyboard, and cycle through the different Multiline Segment drawing modes shown below.
You can use the UP and DOWN keys on the keyboard to change the number of line segments you want to draw.
The Multiline Segment feature is great by itself, but when paired with randomization, you can really start to get some cool results. By using "R" on the keyboard, you can cycle through the line position and length randomization options.
The randomization feature can get a bit un-interesting when it's always producing the same results though. This is why Astute Graphics added the Re-Randomize and Random Variation options. If you hit "S" on the keyboard, the randomization seed will change, and you will get a new variety of random line lengths or positions.
You can then use the right and left arrow keys to increase or decrease the difference in variation of line lengths or positions as shown below.
Grouping and Centering
Use the keyboard shortcut "G" to enable or disable grouping. This makes all the lines you create automatically grouped which can make things much easier when you need to select lines individually or as a whole later. In the example below, I disabled the grouping of the lines while quickly creating some text on this document. I didn't want the document to look too filled up, so I left the lines ungrouped so I could quickly select and remove the unnecessary lines without too much fuss.
When creating lines, use the “C” shortcut (for “centering”) to extend a perpendicular line on both sides of the path. I will show an example below of how one might use this.
Creating Frankenstein's Monster's Face
In this example, I'll be showing you how I create Frankenstein's Monster's stitches, and teeth very quickly using the Perpendicular Line Tool.
First (1), I'll use the perpendicular line tool and drag a line exactly through the center of his mouth. (2) Select the tool again and start dragging a line from the top of the mouth and drag it to the center of the mouth. Hit "A" only once to use Multiline:Segment mode. Then hit "R" a few times to get to the Random:Position mode. Use the right and left arrow keys to increase or decrease the amount of random spacing between teeth. This monster should probably have relatively crooked teeth. (3) Repeat the second step but on the bottom of the mouth this time. (4) The monster should now have a nice set of crooked teeth.
Now, I need to create the stitches. This is where the line from center, and randomization comes in very handy.
An additional note that I didn't mention before is the "O" shortcut. If you are in the Multiline:Segment drawing mode, the last point in the segment won't have a line appear by default. If you hit "O" on the keyboard, it will allow the lines to "overlap" onto the next segment, or essentially cover the entire segment you want lines on.
Here are the steps I took to create the stitches:
1. Use the "A" shortcut to enter Multiline mode.
2. Hit "R" once on the keyboard to enable random length, but not position.
3. Use the arrow keys to play with the variation amount and number of lines so it looks right.
4. Repeat the above steps but this time, hit "S" on the keyboard to get a different random seed.
You will now have a nice, nervous looking, Frankenstein monster face will some crooked teeth and stitches. Using the perpendicular line tool took a fraction of the time it would have taken otherwise.
Additional Uses for Multiline Drawing Mode
You can now take full reign over your artwork when creating multiple perpendicular lines on it. Below are just a few examples of the infinite ways this tool can be used to speed up your workflow.
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