General Drawing Applications

We anticipate that skeletal strokes would have considerable impact on many drawing applications: in fashion design where stylish bold strokes are often used; in interior design where pseudo-3D strokes representing furniture and architectural objects can be laid out with ease; in dynamic clip-arts which can deform dramatically beyond the limits of stretching, shrinking, shearing, twisting and bending. If implemented in windowing system kernels or page description languages like PostScript, the skeletal stroke deformation algorithm would extend the systems to permit expressive strokes to be specified in more or less the same way as the constant thickness strokes currently are, think about windows with borders in stylish strokes. In the case of PostScript, it would be something like:

select a skeletal stroke path construction optional controls stroke application

/name setstroke newpath ..moveto ..lineto ..curveto 5 setstrokewidth stroke path construction optional controls stroke application

/name setstroke newpath ..moveto ..lineto ..curveto 5 setstrokewidth stroke

Figure 12: Mimicking Chinese brush painting.

5.5 Information Recorded in a Stroke

Figure 12: Mimicking Chinese brush painting.

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