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Drawing Lines


0:00 In this lesson, we’re going to take a look at each of LayOut’s different drawing tools, working our way from left to right on the default toolbar.

0:08 First up is the Line tool.

0:11 Still in the same file from the previous lesson, go ahead and advance to the next page in the document…

0:15 which should have three columns of words with blank spaces to the left of each.

0:20 Starting in the upper left, let’s draw some basic lines.

0:24 You can select the line tool from toolbar or type ‘L” on the keyboard.

0:29 Now go ahead and draw your first line like you would in SketchUp or Illustrator next to where it says “single line.”

0:34 First point, then second point…Pretty straight forward.

0:37 Now let’s take it step further and draw a line that’s a fixed length.

0:41 Start drawing the line, then just type how long you want it. Let’s enter ‘1 inch’.

0:47 You can see the measurements box in the corner shows the length.

0:51 But unlike SketchUp, the measurements box is not dynamic... meaning you can’t change the length once it’s been entered.

0:57 If you change your mind and want your line to be longer you can either add to its length or erase it and start over.

1:04 Next, just under that line, draw a zig-zag line made up of multiple line segments.

1:10 If we decide we want go back later and add more segments to the line, with the line tool selected...

1:15 hover over an end point, which turns green, this help us snap to it. Then click and continue adding more points.

1:22 You’ll know that you’re adding to that line because the whole line highlights blue to indicate that its connected.

1:29 You may have noticed that when drawing multiple line segments that the line tool is automatically referencing the existing lines to help you draw.

1:38 This is the ‘Inference Engine’ that works the same way as it does in SketchUp.

1:42 Practice drawing a few more line segments, this time, notice how inferencing helps lock your new lines to either the red or green axis

1:51 Holding ‘Shift’ forces the line to lock to those axis’ only.

1:56 Now try hovering over an existing line...and now you can draw parallel or perpendicular to that line, as shown by the dashed magenta guide line.

2:08 In addition to inferencing, you can use snaps to help guide your drawing.

2:12 Go ahead and draw some new lines, this time snapping to either the blue end or mid points.

2:18 If you’re having trouble inferencing or snapping, then your grid snap may be overriding everything other settings.

2:24 Remember that we can turn grid snap off by going to ‘Arrange/Grid Snap’ or right-clicking and toggling ‘Off’.

2:32 Remember that we can turn grid snap off by going to ‘Arrange/Grid Snap’ or right-clicking and toggling ‘Off’.

2:34 You can choose to have your lines snap to objects or not by going to either ‘Arrange’ or right-clicking and toggling ‘Object Snap’ on or off.

2:43 Now let’s get fancy and add some curves to our line.

2:46 To draw a Bezier curve, select the line tool again and click down to start a line…

2:52 then click down for the second point but this time, while holding the mouse button down, pull away from the second point until a curve starts.

2:59 You can hold shift while moving the mouse to lock the curve to an axis.

3:03 To make multiple curves, just repeat the step and once complete hit escape or spacebar to end the line tool.

3:14 The last line option we have is the ‘Freehand’ tool.

3:17 This works like it does in SketchUp. Just click down and draw whatever you want.