Did you know how to use whole Shape Tools? if not then it’s the best tutorial for you with the full explanation of each and every Shape Tool element.
In this lesson we’ll focus on the various shape tools found at the toolbox things like rectangles polygons perfect shapes and more on.
Use Shape Tools – Rectangle
Starting with a rectangle tool, shortcut F6. We’re going to create some rectangles and squares simply drag out your shape rectangle or a square.
Note that you’re creating the shape from the single corner if you hold down shift however you’re acting all moves outward from the center and you can control the width and height. If you hold down control you’ll be able to create a uniform square this is simple and fantastic tools that makes your cables and square is easy.
Use Shape Tools – 3 Point Rectangle
Next we have 3 points rectangle tool, with this tool you’ll drag out a line for the width of the rectangle and then drag out the shape itself for the heights like the rectangle tool.
You can hold down shift or control to manipulate how rectangle and square is made with shift both side of the rectangles outward from Center whereas with controls you were able to draw a perfect square immediately watches it pops into place once the width has been established.
Use Shape Tools – Ellipse
Next is the say ellipse too,l shortcut F7. Quit similar to a rectangle tool and then the jobs of single shaped ellipses like the rectangle tool.
Holding down shift or control also changes how the tool creates ellipses or circles shift creates ellipses from the center and control creates perfect circles it’s a fairly straightforward to land one that I use quite often.
Use Shape Tools – 3 Point Ellipse
To go with the ellipse tool via the three-point ellipse tool this tool allows you to specify width and then height of an ellipse.
Shift in the control again, change how ellipses are created much in the same way they’ve done for the other shape tools we have explored so far.
In the property bar when you select the rectangle tool or the ellipse tool you may notice some additional options. Let’s check them out now, draw a rectangle with the rectangle tool.
Use Shape Tools – Shape Tool
Using the shape tool shortcut F10 you can pull a node in word, in order to manipulate the corners of the rectangle. I’ve selected round corner in the property bar so my rectangle is rounding out. You can also select scalloped corner or chamfered corners to get different corner styles.
You can manually enter the corner radius in the property bar rather than pulling it with the shape tool or use the up and down arrows to tweak each corners radius this allows you to manipulate the shape to its fullest to create an customers ships from simple rectangle.
Using their ellipse tool will check out the additional options for the shape and the property bar. Draw circles by holding control, if you select the PI option in the property bar your circle is like pie shape. You can also manipulate the starting and ending angles of the pie shape. Now select the arc option your pie has become a simple arc shape again you can manipulate the arc with the starting and ending angles options just like the pie.
If you get change direction in the property bar your arc or pie become the missing piece from the shape this is especially useful if you want to duplicate your shape is in control d and show a circle with a portion of it cut out once I duplicated my shape I hit change direction again and I have to perfect I pieces to avoid those are excellent for infographics and presentation materials.
Use Shape Tools – Polygon Tool
Next up is the polygon tool, shortcut by this tool allows you to create multiple side and figures quickly and easily. This tool allows you to create multi set of figures quickly and easily we’re going to start with a six-sided hexagon you can change the number of sides of figureheads in the property bar.
I’m going to draw a similar shape in the center, I assure you how quickening do this is if I decrease the points my figure the hexagon instantly, becomes a pentagram square and a triangle the same goes for increased in the amount of points you can quickly manipulate your figure so long as you haven’t yet converted it to probe.
Use Shape Tools – Star Tool
The next tool a star tool, the similar to the polygon tool if you’re drawing a shape with options to increase or decrease the amount of points. It has doing so can create and fantastic sparkle and sunburst shapes in addition of stars.
The secondary option of sharpness determines how tall or sharp each point is the higher the number the sharp at a point the lower the number the shallower the point. I like to make little golden Suns or even badge and sticker graphics with shapes likely play the star tools options and you’ll find all sorts of uses for the tool.
Use Shape Tools – Complex Star Tool
Next up is the complex star tool, like the star tool it creates multi-point two figures. This time though the lines the figures are drawn to it it’s constructive from multiple triangle you can again change the number of coins sharpness of the shape.
You are however limited and how sharp you can make the shape based on how many points your complex are have diagram with these settings. One thing I love doing with the tools make inspire graph like ships but increasing the points and manipulating the sharpness until I shape reminiscent of the graph enjoy from my youth geometric shapes are easy and fun to make with curls shape tool.
Use Shape Tools – Graph Paper Tool
Our next tool is the graph paper tool, shortcut B this tool creates a line graph consisting of shapes for each cell each shape is outlined and you can edit the outline in the property viral in the tools and use select the graph shape and ungroup control you to break apart each of the rectangles that make up the graph.
This is useful when you want to add properties or attributes to cells in the graph individually or to create a graphic with rectangles bursting outward delete the shapes. Let’s edit the tool further in the property bar, you can set the row and column cell number try out six rows from three columns now notice the graph is no longer made up of perfect squares as mine previously was you can also change the outline property change the width and the property burgers drop down menu can also change a solid line to an assortment of dotted or dashed lines once again when you ungroup the graph with control you you can break apart the rectangles from the rest of the graph shape.
Use Shape Tools – Spiral Tool
The next shape tool is the spiral tool, shortcut A, you can create spiral tabs with it. In the property bar you can change style of outline solid lines dotted lines bash times change line weight and give your spiral assorted and shapes like arrows or circles by adjusting the number of spiral revolutions in the property bar before drawing your spiral.
You can affect how many times that path has gone around to create your shape try it out now and draw several types roof spiral. You have two options your spiral type we were just drawing symmetrical spiral the other type of spiral is a logarithmic spiral this is a spiral associated with the golden ratio in mathematics and can be useful for climbing up composition pieces or drawing beautiful objects like Nautilus shells in the gravity bar. You can manipulate the spiral expansion factor which changes their rate at which new spiral expands as it moves outward.
Use Shape Tools – Perfect Shape Tool
Let’s move on to the perfect shape, CorelDraw x7 has an assortment of perfect shapes with special properties. Let’s start with the basic shape I’ve chosen a parallelogram draw it out like Yoda rectangle. Use the shape tool shortcut F10 to manipulate the bright red node in the top left each perfect shape has special nose but change the objects or well shape in marvelous ways to the new shape.
Like the arc shape from the basic shape options I like to think of it as a rainbow drag it out shape tool to manipulate the bright red node you’ll be able to increase or decrease as easily as well as change the width of the arc make the shape into a circle or even a small wedge beat you can also do so carefully so the width isn’t changed as you alter the art.
Some perfect shapes are pretty fun and silly take the smiley face shape as an example the red special note in this case manipulates the face of smile changing you from happy to sad and back again with ease. Every perfect shape has its own special features check out some of the other perfect shape categories I found a lot of these especially useful for creating infographics and microstock graphics conservative arrows to flow charts and call up shapes these tools allow you to easily box out areas for title or text and to draw attention to areas of a graphic or illustration check out all of the perfect shapes this program has to offer.
We’ll be using some of them in a final and for graphic project in the other chapters of this course until then let’s move on to the next lesson thank you so much for watching this lesson from the shape tools of CorelDraw x7 in our next lesson we’ll be checking out the text tools and some of the ways to add and edit text within an image.
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