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Chapter 8. Adding and Editing Drawings > To draw a curved line

To draw a curved line

1.
Turn on the Drawing toolbar, then choose AutoShapes > Lines and click the Curve tool (Figure 8.9).

Figure 8.9. To reach the Curve tool, choose AutoShapes > Lines and click the icon in the drop-down menu.


2.
Click in your page where the line should begin, draw a line to the approximate midpoint of your curve, and click again (left, Figure 8.10). Continue drawing the line until you reach where you want the line to end and you’ll notice that the previous cursor click created a flex point for the curve (middle, Figure 8.10). Double-click and the curved line will appear as a selected object on the page, denoted by its hollow-circle handles (right, Figure 8.10).

Figure 8.10. Left: To draw a curve, click where the line should begin, draw to the curve’s midpoint, and click again. Middle: Continue drawing to the end of the line and the first click point becomes the curve’s middle flex point. Right: When you’re done drawing, double-click to select your new curved line.


3.
To adjust the curve’s arc, move your cursor over any handle until the cursor becomes a double-headed arrow, at which point you can click and drag the handle (Figure 8.11).

Figure 8.11. To adjust a curve’s arc, move your cursor over the mid-point and drag the hollow-circle handle.


4.
Deselect the curved line by clicking elsewhere on your Web page and the line’s handles will disappear.

Tip

  • Because curves, freeform, and scribble shapes often require a bit of adjustment, put the Lines toolbar on your desktop where you can reach its tools in a single click. Choose AutoShapes > Lines and then click and drag the top of the Lines drop-down menu onto your desktop (top, Figure 8.12). Release the cursor and the tiny Lines toolbar will detach itself from the main Drawing toolbar (bottom, Figure 8.12).

    Figure 8.12. Create a separate Lines toolbar by clicking and dragging the top of the Lines drop-down menu onto your desktop.



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