Drawing tools in 3D can be used two ways: to add new performers to the file for the “First Time”, or create a shape that is the destination, or “Transition”, for existing performers.

First Time

When the Red and Yellow Anchors of the Count Track are on the same count of drill, drawing tools will be accessible on the Tool Palette. If no performers are selected on the field, the places in the new shape created by a drawing tool will be filled with first time performers. This means that the performers of the shape do not yet exist anywhere in the drill.

To create a shape of first time performers the Red and Yellow Anchors must both be set to the same count, and NO performers should be selected on the field at that count when choosing a drawing tool. Only in rare cases are first time performers entered at any count other than count 0, such as when it is more convenient to start elsewhere in a file other than the beginning.

Transition

When designing on counts other than count 0, drawing tools are typically used to create shapes that define the end of a transition of existing performers. For example, let’s take a line moving into a circle. The Circle tool will be used to create the destination of the transition from the line. the Red Anchor will be set to the count of drill where the circle will be drawn. The Yellow Anchor is set to the beginning of the transition into the circle which is usually the previous page tab. To indicate which performers on the field are moving into the circle they must be selected. In this example, you would select the line using a selection tool, then choose the Circle drawing tool. After the circle is created, Matching Lines indicate which performers in the line are moving into which new place in the circle.

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