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Chapter 3. Rectangles and Ellipses > Drawing a Rectangle

Drawing a Rectangle

A rectangle is a four-sided, two-dimensional figure with a right angle in each corner. A square is a rectangle with four sides that are the same length. With CorelDraw, you can create perfect rectangles and squares, as well as rounded rectangles (rectangles with rounded corners).

To draw a rectangle:

1.
Select the Rectangle Tool icon in the toolbox (Figure 3.1) or press .

Figure 3.1. Select the Rectangle Tool from the toolbox.


The pointer changes to a cross-hair with a tiny rectangle attached to it.

2.
Press the left mouse button and drag diagonally. As you drag, the rectangle takes shape.

3.
To complete the rectangle, release the mouse button.

The rectangle will be selected, showing four nodes—one at each corner—and a set of eight outer handles (Figure 3.2). You can click and drag a handle to change the rectangle's dimensions. Nodes are discussed on the next page, as well as in Chapter 6.

Figure 3.2. A selected rectangle has four nodes and eight handles.



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