The pencil allows you to draw on the canvas, creating freehand lines and drawings as part of your image. Content created with the pencil is not stored on a separate layer; it is automatically part of the background image. If you draw over an object, the drawing will display on the background beneath the object.
In addition to allowing freehand drawing on the canvas, the pencil tool gives you the ability to correct small flaws on background images.
- Open the image you want to modify.
Do one of the following, depending on the part of the user interface you are using:
Ribbon Select the Edit ribbon. In the Draw section, click to select a color.
Tool Strip Select Edit>Pencil and select a color.
Local Toolbar Click to select a color.
The cursor will change to a pencil.
More about ribbon options… Keep in mind that the smaller the application window becomes, the more the options in a ribbon shrink. Therefore, you might only see a small icon instead of text, or you might see only a section name displayed with a down arrow to access the options in it. You can hover over small icons to see tooltips that describe them. You can also enlarge the application window or click one of the section drop-downs in the ribbon to locate a hidden feature.
In the local toolbar, select a size for the pencil surface from the Size slider . Move the slider to the right to make the pencil surface larger, or to the left to make it smaller.
Note: You can also use keyboard shortcuts to increase or decrease the size of the tool. Press [ to decrease the size, or press ] to increase the size.
- (Optional) Zoom in on the image to make more precise drawings.
See Using the Zoom/Scale Feature.
- Click in the true canvas area and drag the pencil to create a stroke. Release the mouse button after each stroke.
Click to save your work.
Note: The pencil tool only works on images, objects, or drawings that part of the background.
Note: If you are using a drawing or selection tool and Auto-Adjust is enabled, you will not be able to use the tool outside of the true canvas. The cursor changes to a no symbol to indicate areas outside of the true canvas boundaries where drawing and selection tools are disabled.
Note: If the background scale is set to anything other than 1.000, the canvas tools (magic wand, selection rectangle, color fill, pencil, eraser, and flatten) will not be available. Be sure to make changes to the canvas before making adjustments to the background scale.
If necessary, you can continue editing the image (e.g., adding objects, effects, a callout; cropping the image; resizing the image). Otherwise, you can finalize the image by saving it. See Editing Images.