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    Default Tricks for Calligraphy?

    I was curious if anyone has figured out a good way to get a 'chisel tip' style line out of the line tools? I tried making my own brush and haven't been successful as of yet. I fear the only way to go is either get really good at calligraphy myself and just use the shape painter set up as chisel tip or do a sketch on paper and trace it out by hand with lines.

    Any suggestions?
    lots of my xara-made stuff ends up on my tumblr. NOT ALWAYS SAFE FOR WORK BUT MOSTLY IS

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    Info Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    You could start with a thin rounded rectangle a 450 angle and make it as a Scatter Brush.
    Then edit the Rotation to remove Rotate along pah and resave.

    Craft your prose and possibly apply Smoothing or even Convert Line to Shape to reduce the jaggies.

    Acorn
    Acorn - My currently active Xara software: XDPX (current, v15, v12 & 11 (64-bit)), unserviced XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7; lots of licences back through time (to CC's Artworks). If your Post identifies a Xara software fault, please raise it directly with Magix --> support2.magix.com.

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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    Thanks, I didn't think to use scatter, I just thought 'art brush, cause it's an art tool!' lol Much appreciated, exactly what I needed!
    lots of my xara-made stuff ends up on my tumblr. NOT ALWAYS SAFE FOR WORK BUT MOSTLY IS

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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    you may also need to adjust spacing

    something like this:

    chisel brush.xar

    [it is called unnamed brush in the file]
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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    ... you can also use the shape builder tool for this adjusting the roundness and angle accordingly - you will of course then get a shape not a line, but can be useful - ok re-reading I see you have got there already
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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    Quote Originally Posted by handrawn View Post
    you may also need to adjust spacing

    something like this:

    chisel brush.xar

    [it is called unnamed brush in the file]

    Haven't looked at what you made just yet, but this is my result thus far and 95% exactly what I was trying to figure out how to do!

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    lots of my xara-made stuff ends up on my tumblr. NOT ALWAYS SAFE FOR WORK BUT MOSTLY IS

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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    looks good - mine is just a basic brush...
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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    Zero to hero in under an hour.

    Acorn
    Acorn - My currently active Xara software: XDPX (current, v15, v12 & 11 (64-bit)), unserviced XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7; lots of licences back through time (to CC's Artworks). If your Post identifies a Xara software fault, please raise it directly with Magix --> support2.magix.com.

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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acorn View Post
    You could start with a thin rounded rectangle a 450 angle and make it as a Scatter Brush.
    Then edit the Rotation to remove Rotate along pah and resave.

    Craft your prose and possibly apply Smoothing or even Convert Line to Shape to reduce the jaggies.

    Acorn
    Had to try it for myself Acorn, Love it. Never have used a scatter brush, learn something new. Will definitely add this to things I will use in Xara!!!!

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    Default Re: Tricks for Calligraphy?

    GJ, great.

    For those with only XWD(P), remember there is a free XDPXv5 available with Scatter Brushes for you to enjoy.

    Acorn
    Acorn - My currently active Xara software: XDPX (current, v15, v12 & 11 (64-bit)), unserviced XWD Premium 15 & 12, XPGD10, X3D7; lots of licences back through time (to CC's Artworks). If your Post identifies a Xara software fault, please raise it directly with Magix --> support2.magix.com.

 

 

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