Drawing Shapes

To draw a basic shape: Choose a shape tool. Some tools are combined in flyout tool groups. To select one of these, click on the tool icon and drag out. Some shapes are drawn from a corner to a diagonally opposite corner, while others are drawn from the center to the outside edge.

SectionCustomizing the drawing tools
Some of the drawing tools can be customized to draw different shapes.

To change the defaults for the drawing tools: Choose Preferences from the File menu to display the Preferences dialog box and click on the Toolbox panel. Change the defaults for the desired tools. Click Save to make your changes permanent or click Use to change them temporarily.

Column
Background (opaque [solid white] or clear), number of columns, gutter space.

Box
Corner radii.

Arc
Starting and ending angles.

Polygon
Number of sides, pre-rotation angle, alternate point radius and deflection angle.

NoteShapes can be converted to paths with Convert to Path from the Object menu. Select a shape and choose this command. You can now edit the shape as a path but you can never edit it as a shape again. For example, after converting an ellipse to a path it will be a path of four curve segments. You will no longer be able to set the radius of the ellipse.

 

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