When you're first using this tool, it may appear complex, but very soon it will become a good friend that you will enjoy to use for creating your illustrations.
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This tool's purpose is to draw paths. Multiple paths, drawn next to and on top of each other, form a design. For a start:
It's also possible to draw curves with this tool. Every node you create has two handles. These handles define the shape of the curve. To draw a curve directly, you can:
The first method is predestined for creating precise drawings. First, you position the nodes, later, you can use the node tool to modify the path.
You'll recognize the modes (Bézier, Spiro and BSpline) and the Shape option from the Pencil tool. There is also one mode for drawing only straight lines, and one that only allows you to draw horizontal or vertical lines.
With some experience, you will learn how to place your nodes strategically. When a path contains too many nodes, this will make working with it more difficult, and when there aren't enough of them, you will find that you have a lack of control when you are tweaking the path.
Every left-click adds a node. A long left-click drags out a node's handle and makes the segment curvy.
Creating the rough shape with the Pen tool, without thinking too much about any curves. The nodes are represented as grey diamonds.
The nodes have been aligned vertically and horizontally using the Align-and-Distribute dialog.
The path has been modified by making the straight segments curved with the help of the node tool.
Some final adjustments have been made, to achieve a nice result. The image now resembles an open book.
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