Add Detail Lines with Illustrator CS3
- I like to add details to my vector art in layers. This way, I can toggle the visibility of the layers to compare the results from each layer to the overall design. In the Layers Panel, click the icon at the bottom to add a new layer. Rename this layer "thick lines". While we are renaming layers, let's rename Layer 1 to "pumpkin".
We will now draw three thick detail lines.
- Set the Pen tool's Fill to null and the Stroke to a dark brown color. We will draw the first line alone the right edge of the pumpkin. Click and hold down the mouse key just inside the top of the pumpkin. Drag the mouse to the right to create the first Direction Line. Next, click at the bottom of the pumpkin and drag to the left to create the next Direction Line that will create the curved line to match the curve of the pumpkin.
To set the path, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) outside the pumpkin. Now we are ready to apply a brush stroke to our path.
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