Thanks for the response. I give my responses after each of yours below.
bulia byak wrote:
On 11/15/05, Matt Jordan <matt@...1296...> wrote:
>The inkscape version has two issues I'd like to resolve if possible.
>1. The lack of line width variation, in particular, the tapering at the
>beginning and ending of lines.
So are you using pressure sensitivity? Does it work for you? If yes,
what exactly is the problem with tapering lines? Would you prefer a
non-linear dependency between pressure and width - for example so that
pressure of 0.5 would give a width less than 0.5? Can you describe the
ideal pressure/width dependency and in what way Inkscape differs from
Yes, pressure sensitivity does work. The trouble was a limited amount
of variation given a certain line width setting. (I keep stupidly saying
a "lack" of variation, when I actually mean a limited amount - sorry).
Changing the mass setting per your tip below seems to have helped a lot
with this problem for some reason. Now I can set the line width fairly
high and still get a nice taper at the ends. A nonlinear setting,
particularly one where I could adjust the level of nonlinearity, might
be a cool feature though.
>2. The shakiness of the lines.
Have you tried increasing Mass? With Mass=0.2, drawing lags behind a
bit, but slowly drawn lines are noticeably smoother.
This really helped a lot. Thanks. I'm playing with exact settings.
0.2 gave great smoothness, but the visual lag on screen was throwing me
off. I edged it down to 0.08 and I seem to get most of the smoothing
benefits with a fairly low lag factor. I think I can learn to work with
>The two problems kind of go together. The shakiness seems to be caused
>by the fact that I'm drawing the lines fairly slowly, so relatively lots
>of nodes are being laid down. If I draw the strokes faster, they are
>smoother, but then I can't follow my penciled guide drawing as well. I
>do realize that I can reduce the number of nodes after the fact, thus
>yielding smoother lines, but this solution is time-consuming and
Pressing Ctrl+L a couple fimes after each stroke is easy, and does not
require switching to another tool.
True. It still feels a little tedious to me, though, especially when I
was having to do it with virtually every line. Luckily, thanks to your
tip above, I may have to do this a lot less.
>Since I'm fairly new at this learning to draw business, maybe the
>problem will resolve itself as my skills improve.
If that happens, please let us know :)
I hope to eventually do stuff that'll make the Inkscape crew proud! :)
Thanks for the response. This was the kind of stuff I figured I was
missing, so thanks for the tips and I'll keep experimenting.