The Ellipse Tool The Ellipse tool draws ellipses, pies and arcs as geometric objects. These objects can be shaped and edited within the limits of the mathematical properties controlling their shape. Use Convert to patch to change the object into a set of Bezier curves. 1. Position the cursor at the approximate location you want your ellipse to start. 2. Press the left mouse button and drag diagonally until the ellipse is the size you want. 3. Release the mouse. 4. Reshape as desired by adjusting the nodes surrounding the ellipse. 5. Click the Convert to patch button on the Precision Bar to change the rectangle into a set of Bezier curves. Please note: You can constrain the ellipse to a perfect circle by holding down the Ctrl key as you drag. The Precision Bar can be used to partition the ellipse into sections. It can also be used to
The Arc Tool The Arc tool allows you to draw curved line segments. The arcs are perfect quarter-circle arcs when you draw them. To draw a smooth arc: 1. Click on the Arc tool. The cursor changes to a pencil 2. Move the cursor to the point where you want the arc to start. 3. Hold down the left mouse button and drag to where you want the arc to stop. 4. Release the mouse to complete the action. If you never touch the arc with the Shape tool, it will retain its perfect circular shape. • When you release the mouse, the arc may seem to move a bit from where you released it. This is because lines and arcs drawn in EasyDraw™ will snap to points on a grid. This is the default setting. The number of points in the grid can be adjusted using the Drawing Board
The Pick Tool Use the Pick tool to select segments of your block. Once a segment is selected, you can delete it by clicking the Delete key on your keyboard. You can move, resize and rotate segments in EasyDraw™, but it is strongly recommended that if you do any of these options, that you convert the selected segments to guides and redraw them. This will ensure that your segment’s endpoints are snapping to grid points. Snapping occurs when you draw, but it may not when you move. To Select and Delete a Segment Click on a segment to select it. Eight black nodes will appear around the segment. Click the Delete key on your keyboard to delete the segment. To Move a Segment Click to select the segment. Hold your cursor over a corner or side node until the cursor changes to a 4-arrow crosshair . Click, hold and drag
Export Image Use Export Image if you want to generate high quality images of your blocks and quilts to create professional images for you to use or, that can be used by publishing houses and commercial printers. Click FILE > Export Image, or click on the Export Image tool on the Project toolbar. An Export Image dialog box will appear for you to name the file and select a format. Navigate to the folder you want to save your image in. In File name, type a name for your image. In Save as type, click the drop-down menu to choose the type of file you’d like to save your image as: bmp, jpg, gif, tiff, or png. Once you’ve selected a filename and format, another dialog will appear for you to make more selections determined by the format you’ve selected. BITMAP, GIF and PNG Dialog All of the dialogs require
The Line tool The Line tool draws straight lines one segment at a time. To Draw a Line Segment 1. Position the cursor where you want the segment to begin. 2. Press the left mouse button to anchor the initial node. 3. Drag the mouse and the line will follow from the initial node. 4. Release the mouse to drop and anchor the end node. The Line Tool Precision Bar With the Precision Bar turned on, click the Snap to Grid Points button. This will snap your line segment to the grid points on the worktable drawing perfect line segments. You can also activate Snap to Grid Points through the Drawing Board Setup on the Block worktable, or the Drawing Board and Hoop Setup on the Stitching worktable. All segments of the drawing must connect with each other and the drawing must connect with the block outline . When EQ
The Set Thread Tool The Set Thread tool allows you to add thread to blocks, motifs, stencils and your entire quilt. This feature makes your finished quilts and blocks look more realistic. Using the Set Thread Tool 1. Click on a thread in the palette to select it. 2. Choose from any of the thread properties to make the thread more realistic. 3. Click on the stencil, motif, or block to color the patch. 4. Click Add to Sketchbook to save the new block coloring in the Sketchbook. Please note: If you choose to modify your thread using the thread properties, be sure to put a check in the white box to select the property first. If you change the thread style or weight without checking the white box, the property will not be implemented. To color the same patch in all the blocks of your quilt at once, hold
The Spraycan Tool The Spraycan tool paints matching patches in a block using fabrics or colors. The Spraycan tool is only available on Layers 1 and 2. 1. Click on a fabric in the palette to select it. 2. Click a patch in the quilt. All similarly colored fabric in that block will color with the new fabric. CTRL + click colors the same patch of that same color in all matching blocks (Layers 1 or 2). ALT + click colors the same patch of that color in alternate blocks (Layer 1 only). • If you’d like a reminder of this and other tools in EQ7, check out the Display Dynamic Help tool. • To print this: Click the title (Tool Tip Tuesday! - The Spraycan Tool) and then print as normal.