Creating Shapes

Creating Shapes

To draw an Auto Shape by using the Tools panel:

In the Vector section of the Tools panel, select an Auto Shape tool from the pop-up menu.

Auto Shape Selection from Tool Bar

Do one of the following:

  • Drag the canvas to draw the shape.
  • Click on the canvas to place the shape at its default size.

I chose the spiral for this activity. With the object selected you can change the fill and stroke on the Properties panel. Here are the settings I used:

Spiral with Stroke

Here is what it looks like so far:


Changing the properties of Auto Shapes:

The Auto Shape Properties panel gives you precise numeric control over your Auto Shapes. After inserting an Auto Shape, you can use this panel to make changes to its properties. The specific properties that you can change will vary with each Auto Shape you select. For example, if you’ve inserted the Arrow shape, you can change its width, height, thickness, and more. If you’ve inserted the Star shape, you can change its number of points, radius, and more. You can also insert another Auto Shape into your document directly from the Auto Shape Properties panel. NOTE This panel only supports Auto Shapes that appear in the Tools panel. It does not support third-party Auto Shapes or those in the Shapes panel (Window > Auto Shapes).

To change properties for your Auto Shape:

  • Insert an Auto Shape into your document.
  • Select Window > Auto Shape Properties. The Auto Shape Properties panel appears, displaying the properties for the selected Auto Shape.
  • Adjust the properties in the Auto Shape Properties panel. TIP For Rectangle shapes, you can choose to lock the shape corners so that changes to one corner will affect all four. You can also change the properties for each corner individually. To apply the changes, press Tab or Enter.
  • The selected Auto Shape is updated with the changes you made to its properties. If you want to make further changes, you can also adjust the Auto Shape on the canvas by using its control points, and the corresponding values in the Auto Shape Properties panel will be updated dynamically.
  • If you want to insert another Auto Shape, you can select one from the Insert New Auto Shape pop-up menu at the bottom of the panel. The new shape appears in the upper-left corner of the document.

Here are the properties that are available for the spiral:

Spiral Options