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Trying Out Drawing Tools

To warm up for sketching, we'll choose a color and try out the drawing tools. Adobe Illustrator Draw features a selection of sketching tools, including a pencil, brush, markers, pens, and an eraser. Of the drawing tools, the Brush and Pens are my favorites, because they can create expressive thick-to-thin lines.

Choose a color by clicking the circular Color icon and then selecting a color from the Color wheel, as shown in Figure 6. Have fun making expressive marks while trying out the drawing tools. Figure 7 shows my sample strokes.

Figure 6 Choosing a color from the Color wheel on the Color pane.

Figure 7 Practice marks drawn with the Pencil, Brush, Markers, and Pens.

Adobe Ink is a beautifully designed fine-tip, pressure-sensitive pen for the iPad and CC that gives you great control and precision when working in Adobe Illustrator Draw. To use Ink, you'll need an iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina display, iPad Mini 3, or iPad Air 2. For this drawing, I used an iPad Air 2.

To connect the Ink pen, begin by opening a project in Adobe Illustrator Draw. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, tap the pen icon. When the dialog appears, press and hold down Ink's button until the LED on the top of the pen cycles through the color spectrum. Next, press and hold the pen tip to the pen target in the pen dialog until the pen connects, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8 Connecting Adobe Ink with Adobe Illustrator Draw.

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