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Using the Shape Tools

Illustrator comes presupplied with basic shapes such as rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and even flare, making it easy to draw both simple and complicated forms using familiar shapes at the heart of many shapes. With the exception of the Flare tool, which creates multiple paths with each use, shapes are single, closed paths.

By default, the Rectangle tool is active (in the Tools palette just beneath the T of the Type tool). Clicking and holding on the Rectangle tool reveals the other Shape tools behind it (see Figure 16.5).


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