Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday – Simple blocks to create and resize

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I recently had a request on how to create BASIC blocks in EQ, maybe even some that aren’t in the EQ library.

It’s “hard” to think about that, as the library has SO many blocks, but here’s a little bit :)

Start by going to the “Work on block” section and create an Easy draw block, I chose 9 x 9” and also had snaps and grids at 9 x 9

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On the left is a GRID button, click the small red dot and a box pops up where you enter your grid info, here I want to create a basic 9 patch, so a 3 x 3 grid would work.

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From the top left corner of the block, start in the corner and click and draw and a grid will appear

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Draw it all the way down to the bottom right corner and VOILA! a nine patch :)

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If you want to create a nine patch in the middle, do CTRL+A or Edit>select ALL and copy and past it once

(CTRL +C and CTRL +V)

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while this new set of lines is selected, hold down CTRL and drag it to be smaller

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keep dragging in to fit in the middle of the nine patch

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here’s a layout with this block, keeping 9” blocks and a 1” wide sashing and 3” outer border

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You can also easily edit a current block, here’s Mother’s dream

(tutorial is in the EQ7 book on page 159) but it kind of goes with this re-sizing tutorial :)

add the block to sketchbook and edit it

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Select ALL again on the easy draw tab

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select BLOCK>resize at the top

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enter 50 and 50 for vertical and horizontal and hit OK

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move it to the top left corner

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then copy and paste it into the remaining 3 corners

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and color it

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don’t forget to add to sketchbook

I had this block be 8” x 8” but anything divisible by 4 would work

Here’s a layout with this block with 16” blocks instead and a 3 x 3 block layout, then I held down ALT and the spray can and colored the 2nd block in Yellows and it colored every other block the same way.

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Try out any of these two blocks playing around with re-sizing blocks or sections of a block.

Link up below and comment that you did

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