Quick

Press SHIFT-U to switch between the shape tools.

Rounded

Custom

Option

Action (When Selected)

Rectangle

Rectangle

Ellipse

Polygon Line Shape

Unconstrained

Doesn't limit the size or

X

X

X

X

proportions of the shape

Square

Restricts the proportions

X

X

of the rectangle to a

square

Fixed Size

Creates a shape in the

X

X

X

X

exact size entered, using

the Width (W) and Height

(H) fields

Proportional

Restricts the proportions

X

X

X

X

of the shape, based on

the values entered in the

Width (W) and Height

(H) fields

From Center

Draws the shape from its

X

X

X

X

center point instead of a

corner point

Snap to Pixels

Causes the edges of

X

X

the shape to align with

the edges of pixels; in

other words, the shape

can't begin at 200.5 pixels

across the screen—it

must start at either 200

or 201 pixels

Radius

Defines the corner radius

X

X

of rounded rectangles,

and the distance from

the center to the outer

points of polygons

Circle

Restricts the proportions

X

of the ellipse to a circle

Sides

Defines the number of

X

sides in the shape

Table 8-3 Shape Options For Each Tool Are Designated by an X

Option

Action (When Selected) Rectangle

Rounded

Rectangle Ellipse

Polygon

Custom Line Shape

Smooth Corners Smooth Indents

Causes any sharp corners to be rounded and smooth

X

Indent Sides By

Creates a star polygon; the percentage entered indicates the portion of the star's radius used by the points

X

Arrowheads (Start and End)

Adds an arrowhead to the end(s) of the line (additional options appear when selected, where you define the shape of the arrowheads)

X

Width Height

Defines proportions of arrowheads using values of 10 - 1000% for width and 10 - 5000% for height (only used when arrowheads are added to the line)

X

Concavity

Defines the amount of curve in the fullest part of the arrowhead, using a value of -50% to +50% where 0% contains no curve (only used when arrowheads are added to the line)

X

Weight

Defines the thickness of a line in pixels

X

Shape (select menu in Options bar)

Identifies the custom shape being drawn

X

Defined Proportions

Creates a custom shape with the exact proportions in which the shape was created

X

Defined Size

Creates a custom shape with the exact size in which the shape was created

X

Table 8-3 Shape Options For Each Tool Are Designated by an X (continued)

Table 8-3 Shape Options For Each Tool Are Designated by an X (continued)

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