Vector Values

Speaking of categories overlapping, there is some common ground between pixel-based programs, such as Painter or Photoshop, and vector-based products (Adobe Illustrator reigns supreme in that arena). If you're not sure how these approaches differ, see my brief explanation in the Appendix.

Although all Painter images are ultimately pixels, there are some tools you can use to take advantage of vector-like capabilities, such as dynamic (editable) Stroke and Fill. Figure 6.9 shows where these tools are located.

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Use either the Rectangular or Oval Shape tool to drag the corresponding shape on your canvas. With the Move tool engaged, resize or reposition a shape as often as you like. When you tire of ovals and rectangles and want something a little more exciting, use the Quick Curve tool to draw any irregular shape. All shapes are composed of a path (a sequence of curves or line segments) and anchor points that can be altered with the Shape Selection tool.

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