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Chapter 8. Adding and Editing Drawings > To draw a freeform shape

To draw a freeform shape

1.
Turn on the Drawing toolbar, then choose AutoShapes > Lines and click the Freeform tool (Figure 8.13).

Figure 8.13. To reach the Freeform tool, choose AutoShapes > Lines and click the icon in the drop-down menu.


2.
Click in your page where the line should start and begin drawing, clicking at each spot where you want the line to change direction (left, Figure 8.14).

Figure 8.14. Left: Click where the freeform line should start, and begin drawing, clicking when you want to change direction. Right: Double-click when you are done to select the freeform shape.


3.
Double-click when you are done drawing the shape and it will appear as a selected object on the page, denoted by its hollow-circle handles (right, Figure 8.14).

4.
To adjust the shape, right-click it and choose Edit Points from the drop-down menu (Figure 8.15).

Figure 8.15. To adjust the freeform shape, right-click it and choose Edit Points from the drop-down menu.


5.
When the shape’s handles change to solid-black squares, click and drag any handle to adjust its position (Figure 8.16).

Figure 8.16. Once the black handles appear, click and drag any handle to a new position.


6.
Repeat with any other handles you want to adjust. When you are done, deselect the freeform shape by clicking elsewhere on your Web page and the handles will disappear.

Using the scribble tool

Despite its unassuming name, the scribble tool is a powerful—and tricky—tool to use. More commonly known as a Bezier tool in such programs as Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia FreeHand, this tool lets you create shapes with a combination of straight and curved lines. You can then adjust the curves by clicking-and-dragging their handles. Be prepared to practice getting the hang of it.


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