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Lesson 1. FreeHand Basics > Using the Object Panel

Using the Object Panel

The Object panel contains information about the selected object. Since different types of objects have different properties, the panel changes based on the selected object. For example, when a rectangle is selected, the Object panel reports the X,Y location of the bottom left point of the rectangle plus the rectangle’s width and height. Entering new values changes the shape and position of the rectangle. You can also use the Object panel to add or change the stroke, fill, or effect of an object.

Use the Pointer tool to select the larger rectangle on the page.

From now on, when this book instructs you to select an object, you are to switch to the Pointer tool and click the object. If you should use a different method, you will be instructed specifically to do so.

Look on the Object panel for information about the rectangle.

The Object panel is grouped by default with the Document panel in the Properties panel group. If you don’t see the panel, choose Window > Object.

Note the width of your rectangle and its X value. The X (horizontal position) value is measured from the left of the page, and the Y (vertical position) value is measured from the bottom of the page.

Select the smaller rectangle and check its values in the Object panel.

You want the width and X value of both rectangles to be the same. If they are not, select the smaller rectangle and change its width in the Object panel to match that of the larger rectangle; then change the X value if needed. After you enter the new value in the Object panel, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to set the value.


You can copy the Width value of one rectangle and paste it in the Width text box for the other rectangle instead of trying to remember the value.

Once the rectangles are positioned and sized correctly, you will use the Object panel to add a fill to one of the rectangles.

Select the smaller, inner rectangle. Click the Add Fill icon on the Object panel.

A basic black fill is added to the rectangle. Look in the top portion of the panel, and you’ll see that the fill property was added after the stroke. Each time you add a new fill, stroke, or effect, that item is added to the list. The order in which a property appears in the list can affect the look of the object on the page. In this case, the order of the stroke and fill isn’t significant.


The pointer changes when it is over a property on the Object panel. For example, in Windows the pointer changes to a hand, and in Mac OS X the pointer changes to a thick cross. You can then change the order of an object in the list by dragging the item up or down.

Select the Stroke property on the Object panel.

The area below the list items displays the properties for the selected object. For the stroke, you can change the color, size, and other parameters.

With the stroke item still selected, click the Trash icon on the Object panel to delete the stroke.

Once you have filled the rectangle with black, the stroke is no longer needed.



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