[Issue] Freehand Drawing

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[Issue] Freehand Drawing

Postby cubot » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:19 pm

Hi, I'm new to OpenOffice Draw and can't find any resource for simply drawing figures freehand. Closest I've found is using a Curve tool which allows for drawing figures but only until the stylus is lifted. Then it becomes a fixed object which requires visiting the Curve tool again to add additional drawing. Is this what is meant by vector drawing and is only for drawing figures using standard shapes and mathematically calculated lines? Thanks for your response.
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Re: Freehand Drawing

Postby acknak » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:38 pm

Greetings and welcome to the community forum!

There is a "freeform line" tool; I think this may be the one you've already found. You can avoid having to re-start it by starting with a double-click. This makes the same tool available for multiple uses, until you hit escape or choose a different tool. You may need to undock the line tools palette to get a free-floating window, in order to allow double-clicking.

But that's still pretty limited for drawing. It might help if we knew what sort of work you need to do and what the goal is.

Is this what is meant by vector drawing and is only for drawing ... mathematically calculated lines?

That is exactly what is meant by "vector drawing". The graphic objects are all stored as numerical data (points in an xy plane) and connected by lines and curves calculated from the points. That doesn't mean it can't be used for more artistic, free-style projects, but there are limitations.

If you want something closer to painting, you probably need some kind of bitmap graphics tool, which OO Draw does not provide.
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Re: Freehand Drawing

Postby cubot » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:22 pm

Thanks so much for your speedy response. I undocked the palette with the lines and shapes tools on it but couldn't get the freeform curve tool to respond to the double-click trick. Since I'm wanting something that is similar to pen and paper for for actual sketching it sounds like another resource might be preferable, as you've suggested. I'm grateful for OO functionality in other regards tho, as it's my goto app for word-processing and spreadsheet tasks. Thanks again.
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Re: Freehand Drawing

Postby acknak » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:04 pm

What I've heard most often from working artists is that freehand sketching or drawing is best done using a graphics tablet for input. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_tablet
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Re: Freehand Drawing

Postby cubot » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:09 pm

Thanks, I'm sure you're right. I'll check out the link.
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Re: Freehand...double clicking

Postby salaphaics.com » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:19 am

I tried everything to get the curve tool to 'stick' (that is, be able to make multiple curved lines). ALMOST everything. I did the double click with the pen stylus (Huion tablet) and could make multiple curved lines. Great, I though as I want to use it for writing freehand text and figures as in a presentation.

But, there is a snag. when writing and there's pen lifts, they happen quickly enough to be interpreted as double clicks and that ends the curve tool.

So, yes, it can be used for multiple curved lines...as long as there's enough time between each line that it's not perceived as a double click.

Is there a way to grab the tool and keep it active until something like esc or a mouse click is done?

Interestingly, while the pen stylus worked to double click, my regular mouse doesn't work to do a double click to grab and hold the curve tool. My pen is set for the stylus to represent the left mouse button.
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Re: Freehand Drawing

Postby Bidouille » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:38 pm

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Re: [Issue] Freehand Drawing

Postby John_Ha » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:48 am

You will do much better if you get a program designed for freehand drawing. Google something like drawing graphic program - I quickly found The best free graphic design software. You can easily save an image and insert it into any AOO program.
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