DRAW LESSONS SCHEDULE
And General Information

by Flo Deems
During the summers of 2006 and 2007, I taught some Draw lessons online as part of a longer series of lessons on how to use the online imaging tool, Image Magick, taught by CaliKat, Geren, Pj, Becky, Nancy, Chocolata and Moondoggie. Now I am putting this series of Draw Lessons and Tutorials on the internet for anyone to make use of in learning how to use the Draw tools at Image Magick. I suggest that if you are new to this, then a good way to learn is to follow these lessons in the order given and do the homework assignments, to get familiar with how these various tools work.

If you are new to Image Magick and especially to the Draw tool, please see the General Information page first.
  1. ALL ABOUT SIMPLE LINES

    • REQUIRED: SIMPLE LINES:

      Easiest of the PRIMITIVES to learn. You can DRAW one or more straight lines anywhere on an image. Lines are usually used as borders, corner decorations, to make faux straight highlight and shadow edges in a section of an image, or to draw attention to part of an image.



    • OPTIONAL: EXTREME LINES:

      Changing STROKE COLOR and STROKE WIDTH to create special effects.






  2. FIDDLING WITH LINES






  3. ALL ABOUT COMPLEX LINES

    • REQUIRED: POLYLINES & POLYGONS:

      "Poly" means "Many." Learn how to make lines that turn and zig-zag and solid shapes that have 3 or more straight sides.






  4. MAKING RECTANGLES

    • REQUIRED: RECTANGLES:

      Draw squares and rectangles, all 4-sided shapes with 4 90-degree corners, or "right angles." This Primitive can also be used as a short cut for Drawing certain kinds of decorative Lines (faux lines).






  5. SMOOTHING RECTANGLES

    • REQUIRED: ROUND RECTANGLES:

      Learning how these special Rectangles function and all their many variations will be a real treat. RRs have rounded corners. But we can make them concave as well as convex.






  6. WARPING RECTANGLES

    • REQUIRED: RR BARS:

      Using the Round Rectangle Primitive (RR), we can Draw bars and Art Deco Lamps, as developed by Jean (Injunweaver).

      • Tutorials
          -RR Bars

      • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises!




  7. GOING ROUND AND ROUND

    • REQUIRED: ELLIPSES:

      Ellipses can be vertical or horizontal and complete curves all around the 360 degrees, or just partial curves.

      • Tute

      • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises.


      • Optional Tutorials:
          -Sally's Ellipse Tute
           Sally's tute is bare bones, quick and easy to undestand.



[ the following are optional lessons ]
DIZZY YET? KEEP GOING!
  1. OPTIONAL: CIRCLES:

    Although it's easy to Draw a Circle using the Ellipse Primitive, it's good to know how to use the Circle Primitive, too.

    • Tute

    • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises.





  2. CLIPBOARDS

    • OPTIONAL: DRAW-PAINTING WITH A CLIPBOARD IMAGE:

      When using Rectangles, Round Rectangles, 360-degree Ellipses and Circles - instead of the Fill Color, we can "paint" the interior of these forms with an image that we've output into the clipboard. This method can lead to some very beautiful results.

      • Tute

      • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises.





  3. PARTS OF CIRCLES

    • OPTIONAL: ARCS:

      An Arc is part of the circumference of a Circle or Ellipse. To Draw an Arc successfully, we must consider the whole 360 degrees as we determine the numbers. This can be frustrating. Therefore lots of practice to "make perfect" should be done for this one.

      • Tute

      • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises.





  4. BUZZ THOSE BEZIERS

    • OPTIONAL: BEZIERS:

      These special curves can be frustrating, as they require quite a few sets of numbers to take the curves where we want them to travel. If we use too few sets of numbers, then the Bezier will run through the AVERAGE of those coordinates and show up much smaller than we wanted, or with not enough curve. But the results are worth being persistent.

      • Tute

      • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises.


      • Optional Tutorial:
          -Sally's Bezier Tute
           Sally uses only 3 sets of coords for simple curves.






  5. WALK THE PATH

    • OPTIONAL: PATH:

      By using this Primitive, we can combine Lines, Arcs and Beziers to Draw complicated figures. However, this lesson will cover only Lines. I am simply not an expert on the rest of Path.

      • Tute

      • Homework: Since you're now experienced, invent your own exercises.


      • Optional tute:
          -W3C's Draw Path Explanation
           This is only for the technical minded, believe me!


      • Sleeper's Path Shares
           Sleeper has generously shared her Path coords so we can duplicate the many figures and shapes she has Drawn using Path.



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