1. Let's start by opening an image, New, with white background.
2. Click on the Pen tool.
3. Click on the tool bar for 'Preset'. I know, there aren't any there now, but this is beta. In the future, you'll load from a preset much of the time.
4. Tap 'New'. You'll also hit this one to start new operations with the pen tool. It's the only way some previous operations will know that you're done with them.
5. Uncheck 'Contiguous' and 'Vector'. We'll be making individual- non connected, raster lines.
6. Mode: Pencil icon. (the other two are for node editing vector drawings.)
Type: 3 types,
is a smoothing of twitchy movements. Set it to about 5.
Set the foreground and stroke color swatch to black, Fill swatch to null. (an easy click now.)
Click and Drag in the image window to draw.
You may want
increase the Tracking to smooth out your lines if you're
Now check the Contiguous box and draw some more strokes. Note that the point you stop drawing now automatically joins to the start of the next stroke.
Now, let's do a point to point Bezier curve. Check the Mode: Point to Point.
Click in the lower left and while still holding the mouse button, drag about half way up the window. Notice that when you release it looks like nothing has happened. It has, you've defined a starting point and amount of curve influence. Now click and drag on the lower right side of the screen and drag down. Now, when you release, you'll see the arc you've drawn. Until you end a line, you can edit the nodes. (yeah, I know this is beginning to merge raster and vector operations, but I believe it's a good thing! In previous versions, once you'd drawn a line all you could do was Un-do it.)
Keep clicking and dragging to get a feel for it. Note that the end of one line automatically joins to the next click point. To end the line, click on the 'New Contour' icon. (looks like a sloppy C.)
You can always tell what something is by placing the cursor on it and pausing a few seconds. Well, this should get you going. Have fun. -Jaggiemeister Ron