Creating calligraphic outlines

You can give an object a hand-drawn look using Calligraphy settings. By adjusting these settings, you can vary the thickness of an object's outline.

Calligraphy settings let you give an object a hand-drawn appearance by varying the thickness of its outline.

Calligraphy settings let you give an object a hand-drawn appearance by varying the thickness of its outline.

To create a calligraphic outline

1 Select the object with the Pick tool.

2 Open the Outline Tool flyout, and click Outline Pen Dialog.

3 Enable one of the Corner Style buttons. The first and third options make the nib square; the second option makes it round.

4 Type a value in the Stretch box.

Reducing the value makes square nibs rectangular and round nibs oval, creating more pronounced calligraphic effects.

5 Type a value in the Angle box.

The angle controls the orientation of the pen in relation to the drawing surface.

• You can also adjust the Stretch and Angle values by dragging in the Preview box.

• You can also modify line widths after creating the calligraphic outline by changing the value in the Width box.

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