It is now possible to add horizontal and vertical guides to the Stage View and the Camera View. Alignment guides can be used with the Layer Transform tool as well as various drawing tools such as the Select, Contour Editor, Perspective, Brush, Pencil, Rectangle, Ellipse and Line tools, to help you position elements and draw along their axes.
To use alignment guides, you can add the Alignment Guides toolbar to your workspace. To do this, do one of the following:
You can also add alignment guides by selecting View > Alignment Guides from the top menu.
You can manipulate alignment guides using the Layer Transform or the Select tool. You can make your drawing tool snap to alignment guides by clicking on the Snapping button in the Tool Properties view and, in the pop-up menu, select Snap to Alignment Guides.
For more information, see About Alignment Guides.
|New & updated brushes||
The brush presets for the Brush tool have been updated.
The new pen stabilizer can help you draw smooth, stable lines by stabilizing your drawing strokes as you draw, without having to smooth them afterwards. It works by letting you draw a stroke without generating a line immediately. Once your stroke reaches a certain length, it starts generating a line that trails behind your mouse cursor or tablet pen. By trailing behind, it can smooth out the flaws in your drawing gesture and generate a smooth stroke.
There are two different stabilizing method methods:
The distance between your mouse cursor or tablet pen and the stroke can be customized.
This feature can be enabled by adding the Pen Settings toolbar to your workspace, and selecting either Average or Pulled String in the toolbar's drop-down menu—see About Pen Stabilization.
|Pen tilt support||
If you have a tablet and pen that support reading the tilt angle of your pen, you can configure the Brush tool to use this information and draw with a tilted tip. A tilted tip is stretched or projected at the angle in which you tilt your tablet pen, simulating the effect of drawing with a tilted pencil or felt pen.
If you have a tablet and pen that support reading the rotation angle of your pen, you can configure the Brush tool to use this information to rotate your brush tip based on how you rotate your tablet pen.
|Pen pressure feel editor||
Storyboard Pro now allows you to configure the curve by which it processes the amount of pressure you put on your pen tablet to calculate the thickness, flow or opacity of your brush or pencil lines.
The Pen Pressure Feel dialog can be accessed by adding the Pen Settings toolbar to your workspace, then clicking on the Pen Pressure Feel button. For more information, see About Pen Pressure Curve Customization and Pen Pressure Feel Dialog Box.
The Select and Cutter tools now have an Easy Drag mode. When enabled, you can click anywhere inside the selection control box to drag the selection. By default, you have to click inside the artwork, which may be difficult when manipulating line art.
To enable Easy Drag mode, click on the Easy Drag button in the Tool Properties view.
|Lasso/Marquee Selection Mode||
In the Tool Properties view, if you set the selection mode for the current tool to either Lasso or Marquee, the mode will be automatically saved in your preferences and will persist after you close and relaunch Storyboard Pro.
NOTE The selection mode can be set when using the Transform, Select, Cutter, Contour Editor, Pencil Editor, Perspective or Envelope tools. Setting the selection mode for any of these tools will change the selection mode for all of these tools.
|Keyboard shortcut for Draw Behind||It is now possible to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Draw Behind tool property. This shortcut is listed as Draw Behind under the Drawing Tools section of the keyboard shortcuts list, and has no default assignment.|
|Tip Style option for the Eraser tool||
The Eraser and now has a Tip Style option in the Tool Properties view. This option allows you to select which style of tips should the extremities of pencil lines be left with when you erase a part of them.
|Tip Style option for the Contour Editor tool||
The Contour Editor tool now has a Tip Style option in the Tool Properties view. This option allows you to select which style of tips should the extremities of pencil lines be left with when you select and delete a pencil line segment with the Contour Editor tool.