The Mir­ror Paint­ing tool

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Mir­ror paint­ing is a great way to fight cre­ative block. I doo­dle small sketches and my mind sees faces and/or fig­ures in the re­sults. Th­ese draw­ings are un­ex­pected, orig­i­nal, and very cre­ative. I tog­gle on Mir­ror Paint­ing by click­ing the tool in the Tool­box. I tick the Ver­ti­cal Plane icon in the Mir­ror Paint­ing prop­erty bar. A green ver­ti­cal line ap­pears, di­vid­ing the can­vas in half. Var­i­ous ad­just­ments are avail­able in the Prop­erty bar.

Ad­just­ing the tool

I choose a brush and begin sketch­ing, cre­at­ing mul­ti­ple sketches in the same im­age. Usu­ally I’ll draw two sketches, one on top of the other. I don’t draw as much as scrib­ble the ini­tial sketches. To cre­ate mul­ti­ple sketches I click the Mir­ror Paint­ing tool and hover my cur­sor over the cen­tre point; when it be­comes a Trans­form icon I drag the line to a dif­fer­ent spot.

July 2015

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