Adobe Creative Suite
- By Adobe Press
- Oct 27, 2006
This chapter is from the book
- There are six basic shape tools: Ellipse, Polygon, Star, Spiral, Rectangle, and Rounded Rectangle. To separate a group of
tools from the toolbox, hold the pointer over the tool that appears in the toolbox and press the mouse button until the group
of tools appears. Without releasing the mouse button, drag to the triangle at the end of the group, and then release the mouse
button to tear off the group.
- To draw a square, select the Rectangle tool () in the toolbox. Hold down Shift and drag to draw the square, or click to enter equal dimensions for the width and height
in the Rectangle dialog box.
- To draw a triangle, select the Polygon tool () in the toolbox, start dragging to draw the shape, and press the Down Arrow key to reduce the number of sides to three. Or
click to enter the radius and number of sides in the Polygon dialog box.
- To specify the size of a shape, you can do any of the following:
- Select the shape and specify new dimensions in the W (width) and H (height) text boxes in the Transform palette.
- Select the shape and then select the Scale tool () in the toolbox. Alt/Option-click to set the point of origin and specify the dimensions in the Scale dialog box (click Copy
to make a scaled copy of the selected object).
- Select the shape, and drag a side or corner handle of the shape’s bounding box to resize its width, height, or both. (Shift-drag
a corner handle to resize the selection proportionally.)
- A quick way to transpose the color of an object’s stroke with its fill color is to select the object and then click the Swap
Fill and Stroke button in the toolbox.
- The view grid is used as a guide for drawing and will not print with the artwork. A grid drawn with the grid tool can print.
- To create a rectangular grid, you select the Rectangular Grid tool, and in the artboard either drag to draw a grid of the
desired dimensions, or click to set the grid’s origin and options. If you create a grid by dragging, you can use the Up and
Down Arrow keys to add or remove horizontal or vertical lines, or the Right and Left Arrow keys to add or remove vertical
lines. In addition, the F and V keys add space to the top and bottom cells, respectively, and the C and X keys add space to
the left and right cells, respectively.