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Lesson 2. Using Vector Tools > Using the Polygon Tool

Using the Polygon Tool

The next step in creating the mint for the logo is to add the red stripes around the edge. If you have one of these candies in front of you, you'll notice that the red edges are really small triangles. You'll use the Polygon tool to draw one of the triangles.

Choose the Polygon tool on the Tools panel.

With the Polygon tool, you can draw any equilateral polygon (all sides are equal in length), from a triangle to a 360-sided polygon. With the Star option of the Polygon tool, you can draw stars with 3 to 360 points and a full range of point angles.

Select Polygon from the Shape pop-up menu in the Property inspector and enter 3 for the number of sides. Automatic should be checked.

If your guides are not visible, turn them on again by choosing View > Guides > Show Guides.

Draw a triangle on the canvas.

You want the triangle placed on the top part of the circle with one of the points (a vertex) pointing down. Position the cursor on the vertical guide at the top of the circle. Hold down Shift and drag downward. This draws the triangle with one vertex pointing down. If you don't hold down Shift, you will need to move the mouse around to get the vertex placement correct.

Fill the triangle with the same red color you used for the stroke of the circle.

You can use the Tools panel or the Property inspector to change the color. Click the Fill Color box and choose red (#CC0000) from the color pop-up window.



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