The Presets palette contains preset strokes and attributes that you can apply to objects and the current stroke. Use the Presets palette to apply strokes to objects and save strokes in files that you can later load into the palette.
Do one of the following:
A number of icons are located at the top of the Pen tab, which you click to access the available stroke types. The circular icon with a diagonal line represents “no stroke”. For dashes and arrows, click on their respective tabs in the palette. See Types of Strokes.
You can remove default and custom presets from the Presets palette. When you delete a preset, Canvas X Draw permanently removes it from the palette, unless you save it to disk and load it again. See Saving and Loading Strokes Settings.
Select the stroke type or stroke attribute and drag it to the trash can icon. The trash can appears only when the Presets palette is floating, or docked on the Docking bar or Docking pane.
If you delete all arrowheads from the palette, dimension objects will not have arrows.
You can save preset strokes, arrows, and dashes in files on disk, and load the presets into the Presets palette. You can use these strokes files to customize the Presets palette for particular projects or types of documents, and to exchange custom settings with other Canvas X Draw users.
Commands for saving and loading strokes files are in the Presets palette menu. The menu icon appears only when the Presets palette is separated from the Toolbox.
Use the following procedure to save the presets from one stroke type or stroke attribute in the Presets palette to a file on disk.
Use the following procedure to load stroke types or stroke attributes that are stored in a file. When you load a file, you can either replace the strokes that are presently in the Presets palette or simply append the stroke types or stroke attributes to the current ones.
Use the following general procedure to apply a preset stroke to one or more objects.
Select a preset stroke as the current stroke to apply to new objects you create.
The most common type of stroke is a standard pen stroke, a solid line of uniform width. This type of stroke is used for many situations, such as technical illustrations, flowcharts, callout lines, etc.
By default, the width of pen strokes is measured in points, (one point is 1/72 inch). Pen stroke widths from 1 to 16 points appear in the Pen tab of the Presets palette. To change the unit of measurement for the pen stroke, see To Change the Display Unit of the Pen Stroke Width.
Select one or more objects, then select a new pen stroke from the presets list for standard strokes.
The color of a pen stroke comes from the object’s pen ink. The pen ink can be any of the available ink types; i.e., gradient, pattern, symbol, color, hatch, or texture.
A pen ink is one or more colors that Canvas X Draw uses to apply color to pen strokes. The pen ink can be set to “no ink,” or to a color that blends into the background, which renders a pen stroke invisible.
In some situations, you might want to set an object’s pen ink to “no ink,” rather than remove the object’s stroke. This can be useful to temporarily hide the stroke without removing the dash, arrow, and other stroke settings, for example.
This procedure removes the pen ink and makes the stroke invisible.
You can add arrowheads to pen, parallel, and neon strokes. You can apply strokes with arrows to lines and open paths, such as those created with the Curve tool. Arrowheads can appear at one or both endpoints of a path.
You can also create custom arrowheads that you can add to the preset arrowheads. (See Creating Custom Arrowheads.)
On the Arrow tab, next to each arrow, the following indicators will be displayed:
These options are defined on the Arrow tab of the Attributes palette.
Use the following procedure to apply arrows to objects or the current stroke:
The Arrow icons in the Toolbox let you choose between starting, ending, and double-sided arrowheads.
You can add a variety of preset dash sequences to pen and neon strokes. You can apply a stroke with dashes to most objects, including lines, open and closed Bézier curves, polygons, rectangles, ovals, and stars.
Parallel line strokes can also include dashes. However, you select dashes for parallel lines when you customize the stroke in the Parallel stroke manager in the Attributes palette. (See Customizing Parallel Line Strokes.)
A 'P' will be visible next to each dash sequence if the Proportional checkbox has been selected in the Attributes palette. You can customize a dash sequence on the Dash tab of the Attributes palette.
You can remove a selected object’s stroke, or set the current stroke to “no stroke,” so you can create objects that have no stroke. An object that has no stroke has no visible outline. Objects drawn with the Line tool become invisible without a stroke; other objects are still visible if they have a visible fill ink.
Removing arrows, dashes, and strokes involves the same procedure as changing from one preset stroke to another.
You can use the following procedure to remove arrows from pen, parallel, and neon strokes, and to remove dashes from pen and neon strokes. For details about removing dashes from parallel strokes, see Customizing Parallel Line Strokes.
Remove strokes entirely from objects, or use no stroke as the current setting for new objects.
This option can be applied to standard pen strokes and neon strokes; however, it is best viewed when a pen setting is larger than 3.00 pt.
Neon stroke with tapered corners
Select a preset pen stroke and then click the Edit button to open the respective manager in the Attributes palette.
Use the Tapered End controls in the Standard Pen Stroke manager.
Select from no taper, end-to-end taper, left taper, and right taper.
In the Neon Stroke manager, open the Corners menu and select Tapered. Both ends of the stroke will be tapered.
Canvas X Draw offers a number of preset symbol strokes which you can use as is, or customize. Or you can create your own custom symbol strokes using any of the symbols in the symbol library or using your own symbols. See Customizing Strokes.