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Modifying Shapes

The key to creating great-looking shapes is to draw a rough version of the shape first, and then refine it. There are special handles on lines and arcs that you can use to reshape, add, move, and delete line segments. For example, if you draw a crooked line with the Pencil tool, you can edit the line segment to straighten it out and even change it to an arc. A diamond-shaped vertex appears where line segments are joined when you select a shape with the Pencil tool. You can delete, move, or add vertexes to reshape a shape with the Pencil tool. For example, you can delete a vertex from a square to create a triangle. A circular control point also appears on line segments selected with the Pencil tool. You can use a control point to change the curvature of a segment. When you move the control point down on a rolling hill shape, it becomes a sunken valley, and so on. Even if you can't draw a straight line, you can straighten a crooked line by editing the shape's vertices and control points.




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