Drawing Shapes and Paths

You can use PageStream's drawing tools to create simple shapes, such as lines and boxes, and complex paths. You can change the color, fill style and line style of shapes and paths after drawing them.

SectionHow to draw shapes

1. Select a shape tool from the Toolbox.

Choose the Line, Box, Ellipse, Polygon or Grid tool. Some of these contain flyout groups for additional shapes. The mouse pointer will change to a drawing crosshair.

Drawing Crosshair Pointer

2. Drag the mouse to start the shape.

Position the mouse crosshair over the start point of the shape. Drag the mouse in any direction while holding down the mouse button.

3. Release the mouse button to end the shape.

The shape will be created after you release the mouse button. You can also click and release in one corner, move to the opposite corner, and click and release to end the shape. After the shape is created, many of the shapes have attributes which may be modified with the Edit palette when they are selected with the Object or Reshape tool.

SectionHow to draw paths

1. Select the Pen tool from the Toolbox.

The mouse pointer will change to a drawing crosshair.

Drawing Crosshair Pointer

2. Start the path.

Position the mouse crosshair over the start point of the path. Click the mouse button to start the first line or curve.

3. Draw lines.

Move the mouse and click the button again to end a line and start the next line or curve. Continue as required.

Or draw curves.

Drag the mouse while holding down the mouse button to shape the start of a curve. Release the button and then drag the mouse again to shape the end of a curve. Release the button to end the curve. Continue as required.

4. End the path.

Press the space bar or Esc to end the path, or move the mouse pointer over the start of the path and click to close and end the path. If you have a two button mouse, you can also press the right mouse button to end the path.


 

Drawing Shapes and Paths  Sub-Section  url:PGSuser/usingobjects#anchor1548780
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