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Creating Basic Shapes

You use the rectangle, ellipse, and polygon frame tools to create graphic frames into which you place images.

To create a rectangular graphic frame

  1. Click the Rectangle Frame tool in the Tools panel blue-b.jpg.

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    blue-b.jpg The Rectangle Frame tool in the Tools panel creates rectangular graphic frames.

  2. Drag across the page to create the rectangle.

  3. Release the mouse button when the rectangle is the correct size.

To create an elliptical graphic frame

  1. Click the Ellipse Frame tool in the Tools panel blue-c.jpg.

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    blue-c.jpg The Ellipse Frame tool in the Tools panel creates elliptical graphic frames.

  2. Drag across the page to create the ellipse.

  3. Release the mouse button when the ellipse is the correct size.

You can also create rectangles and ellipses by specifying their size numerically.

To create objects numerically

  1. Click with either the Rectangle or Ellipse Frame tools. A dialog box appears blue-d.jpg.

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    blue-d.jpg The Ellipse and Rectangle dialog boxes let you create frames with precise width and height.

  2. Enter the width and height amounts.
  3. Click OK. The frame appears where the mouse was clicked.

To create a polygon graphic frame

  1. Choose the Polygon Frame tool in the Tools panel blue-a.jpg.

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    blue-a.jpg Use the Polygon Frame tool to create polygon and star graphic frames.

  2. Click on the page. This opens the Polygon dialog box blue-b.jpg.

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    blue-b.jpg The Polygon Settings dialog box creates either polygons or stars.

  3. Enter a number in the field for the Number of Sides to the polygon.
  4. To create a star, change the amount in the Star Inset field from 0% to a higher number.
  5. Click OK. The polygon is created.

The Line tool lets you draw a straight line.

To create straight lines

  1. Click the Line tool in the Tools panel blue-c.jpg.

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    blue-c.jpg The Line tool in the Tools panel creates straight lines.

  2. Position the cursor where you want the line to start.

  3. Drag to create a line.

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