Draw Curve

Reference

Mode: Edit Mode
Panel: Tool Shelf ‣ Create ‣ Draw Curve
Menu: Add ‣ Draw Curve
Hotkey: Shift-LMB

The Curve draw tool allows you to freehand draw curves.

Stroke Options

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Curve Stroke panel.

These options can be found in Tool Shelf ‣ Options ‣ Curve Stroke.

Type

Type of curve to use for drawing.

Poly
Bézier Curve with straight line segments (auto handles).
Bézier
Tolerance
Lower values give a result that is closer to the drawing stroke, while higher values give more smoothed results.
Method
Refit
Incrementally re-fits the curve (gives best results).
Split
Splits the curve until the tolerance is met (gives better drawing performance).
Detect Corners

Detects corners and uses non-aligned handles for them.

Corner Angle
Any angles above this are considered corners.
Pressure Radius
Min
Minimum radius when the minimum pressure is applied (also the minimum when tapering)
Max
Radius to use when the maximum pressure is applied (or when a tablet is not used).
Projection Depth

Options to control how where/how the curves are drawn.

Cursor
Uses the depth under the cursor to draw curves.
Surface

Used to draw on top of other objects.

Offset
Distance to offset the curve from the surface.
Absolute Offset
Applies a fixed offset (does not scale by the curve radius).
Only First

Only uses the start of the stroke for the depth.

Normal/View
Draws perpendicular to the surface.
Normal/Surface
Draws aligned to the surface.
View
Draws aligned to the viewport.

Draw Options

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Draw Curve panel.

These option can be found in the Redo Last Panel.

Error
Error distance in object units. This can be seen similar to a subdivision rate for the curve. Lower values give a result that is closer to the drawing stroke while higher values give more smoothed results.
Fit Method
Refit
Incrementally re-fits the curve (gives best results).
Split
Splits the curve until the tolerance is met (gives better drawing performance).
Corner Angle
Any angles above this are considered corners.
Cyclic
Toggles whether or not the curve is Cyclic.