Etching With drawing toots

When used with the Transparent Ink color, you can use the main drawing tools of the program to etch away the unwanted sections of tones and create effects you can't do with the Eraser.

V Pencil tool: If you're looking to create an effect similar to rubbing away tones with a block or pencil eraser, try using the Pencil tool. Unlike the Eraser tool, which gives you a complete hard-edged erasure, the Pencil tool can give you something that's softer and a more subtle. This can be useful if you want to add highlights to a shiny yet soft material, like leather, as shown in Figure 14-9.

Something to keep in mind when you're rubbing tone away with the pencil tool: you can really see the subtleties in the pencil rubbing only when you're zoomed in closely. When you zoom out, the rubbing looks like it's solid white. Don't worry — that's not how it'll look in the final exported/ printed product. My suggestion if you want to use this tip is to work while zoomed in pretty close to the page (at least around 66.7% or so).

V Pen tool: The Pen tool, depending on the type you use, can give you more control over how much you etch away. Depending on your pen settings, you can quickly and easily adjust the size of the erasure by how hard or soft you press down on your drawing tablet. The pen tool can also be useful when you want to create a pointillism effect on the tone by erasing a single dot at time. See Figure 14-10.

v Airbrush tool: To create a spattering or fading effect on a tone, use the airbrush tool. Simply go over the tone area as if you were airbrushing on an ink layer to create a more subtle transition between the tone and canvas, as shown in Figure 14-11.

Figure 14-9:

The pencil tool can create a softer removal of tone from the page.

Figure 14-9:

The pencil tool can create a softer removal of tone from the page.

Figure 14-10:

The Pen tool can give you more control over the way you erase the tone.

Figure 14-11:

The airbrush tool can help create a soft transition between the tone and page.

Figure 14-11:

The airbrush tool can help create a soft transition between the tone and page.

Figure 14-10:

The Pen tool can give you more control over the way you erase the tone.

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