The Width Tool was designed for increasing or decreasing the width of a line much like you would with a pencil on paper.
To change a width on particular segment of a line, just select the outline layer you want, move your mouse over that line, press the left mouse button and move cursor back and forth along the line, like you scratching something. The width of outline will be increased at the places where you moved the cursor. If you want to decrease the width, just hold "Ctrl" while scratching.
The Width Tool was primarily designed for the "tablet" workflow, so you will get the great experience by using it with the tablet stylus. It is similar to making line thicker with a pencil or thinner with an eraser (if you holding the "Ctrl").
- NOTE: The Width Tool intended to fine-tune line width. If you want to heavily increase/decrease the line width its better to use the Normal Tool to directly manipulate the width ducks.
- Growth - Defines how much a single mouse move will affect the line width. It must be non-zero to have this tool make effect on bline.
- Radius - Defines the size of area around current cursor position in which vertex will be affected. It is allows you not to follow the line directly with a mouse to have a noticeable effect. It's fine to try Width Tool on blines with lots of segments (use Draw Tool to create those), you will see it works on more than just the first vertex. It is a full circular area, other points may distract it though.
- Relative Growth - Doesn't really work very well unless the "Radius" parameter is set to some huge value (like a million).
If you don't want Width Ducks to be displayed, during usage of the Width Tool, just turn them off by pressing Alt+5. You can turn them on again with the same keybinding.