Type and Pen Tools

The Type and Pen tools aren't as easy to classify as the Painting tools or the Selection tools. They do different, useful things. The letter T represents the Type tool, which puts type on your picture. The Pen tools, represented by a fountain pen icon, draw paths, which are a means of drawing a line or shape. After you have drawn a line or shape, you can use the tools to select a portion of your path and reshape it. Pen tools can be used as both Selection tools and as Painting tools. In Hour 13, "Using Paths," you learn how to work with all of the Path tools.

The Shape tools are Pen tools that can draw both filled and unfilled shapes, including rectangles, ellipses, polygons, and custom shapes. The Line tool is also part of this set. It draws straight lines that, when you hold down the Shift key, can be constrained to 45- or 90-degree angles, just as if you had used an artist's or architect's T-square and triangle. Figure 1.6 shows the Shape tools and some of the custom shapes.

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You can create your own custom shapes, too.

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The Notes tool works like the yellow stickies it resembles. Use it to place notes on your documents while you're working on them. The note can go either on the canvas, or in the area adjacent to it (but still in the document window). You can even use voice annotations, if your computer has a microphone plugged in. The notes are invisible when you print the image.

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