Advanced Outline Layer
About Advanced Outline Layers
The new Advanced Outline Layer comes from the need to specify the width of the outline at a different place than the Blinepoint. Usually the user don't want to have a blinepoint where he wants to have the width and vice versa. This Advanced Outline makes the width become independent of the blinepoint position.
Advanced Outline goes further than just define the width with independence from the blinepoints. It adds some new features to the regular outline. They are listed with examples below:
Tips for creating and manipulating Advanced Outlines within the canvas window
- Create Advanced Outlines in the same way that you make normal ones with the bline tool (Alt+B), but make sure the Advanced Outline box is ticked in the bline toolbox.
- To change the widths, you need the purple ducks (Alt+5) and the Transform tool (Alt+A) (NOT the width tool!). It may help to hide the other ducks (Alt+2, Alt+3).
- Advanced width control ducks now come in two parts. Drag the pale one to move the position of action of the width control, and the darker one to change the width.
- Right click on a purple duck to get the context menu. Select "Add Item (smart)" here to create more width controls.
Parameters of Advanced Outline Layers
The parameters of the Advanced Outline Layers are:
|Tyep of Feather||Fast Gaussian Blur||integer|
|Winding Sytle||Non Zero||integer|
|Tip Type at Start||Rounded Stop||integer|
|Tip Type at End||Rounded Stop||integer|
|Width Point List||List||list(WPList)|
Specific parameters for Advanced Outline Layer
Notice that many of the parameters are the same than the regular Outline, so you can find the explanation of its usage just reading the wiki page of it. The new parameters are:
- Tip Type at start
- Tip Type at end
- Cusps type
- Width Point List
Width Point List
Each advanced Outline has a list of parameters that represents the information for each control of width item. They are called Width Points and consists on four sub-parameters:
- Position (Real number): it represents the position of the width point along the bline. Although it is allowed to be any real number, its meaning is only from 0.0 to 1.0. 0.0 corresponds to the start of the bline (first blinepoint on the bline list) and 1.0 to the last blinepoint. In case of looped blines 0.0 and 1.0 are together. The position is represented by the light purple duck that always lies on the bline.
- Width (Real number): It is the width multiplicator of the width of the bline on the position given by the Position parameter. The final width is calculated multiplying the global Advanced Outline's Width by the Width of the widhtpoint and adding the Expand parameter.
- Tip Side Before/After: Those two sub-parameters controls how the width is interpolated before and after the current widthpoint. The sub-parameter can have four values:
- Interpolate: Between the previous/posterior width point, the width is calculated by interpolation based on smoothness value. When smoothness is zero interpolation is lineal, when smoothness is 1.0 interpolation is given by a 5th degree smooth spline.
- Rounded: There is a rounded tip that points to the width point before or after. If the previous/posterior width point is 'Interpolate' on its posterior/previous side it consider that the width of the width point in question is zero just before/after it. If the previous/posterior width point is other than 'Interpolate' then the segment between those two width points is empty. See examples to understand it fully.
- Squared: Same as Rounded but using square tip.
- Peak: Same as Rounded but using peak tip.
- Flat: Same as Rounded but using flat tip.