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Lesson 2. Creating Basic Shapes > Decorating the stationery border

Decorating the stationery border

You'll decorate the border of the piece of stationery with a circle, a spiral, and some star shapes, using different methods to create the shapes.

Click 150% in the status bar in the bottom left corner of the window, type 200, and press Enter or Return to zoom in to a 200% view of the artwork.



Select the ellipse tool ( ), and position the pointer in the left corner of the stationery border. Hold down Shift+Alt (Windows) or Shift+Option (Mac OS) and drag the tool to draw a small circle.

Holding down Shift as you drag the ellipse tool constrains the shape to a circle; holding down Alt/Option draws it from its center point.

Now select the spiral tool ( ), and position it in the bottom left side of the stationery about midway between the two corners. Drag the tool to draw a small spiral, and then use the arrow keys to adjust its position.


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