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Lesson 3. Working with Layers > Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool

Using the Rounded Rectangle Tool

The Rounded Rectangle tool draws rectangles with rounded edges. You can change the corner roundness amount in the Property inspector. You can also use the Rectangle tool and change the corner roundness to achieve the same effect. In these steps, you will add another element to the logo; a stick (like an ice cream stick) for the candy.

Select the Rounded Rectangle tool and draw a vertical rectangle on the left side of the page.

The rectangle has a fill of white. Fireworks remembers the last color you applied to an object. In the last steps, you changed the color of the text to white.


After you draw the rectangle, you can always move it to a new location. You also have the option of moving the object as you draw. Hold down the Spacebar as you drag. Now you can move the rectangle to a new location before you release the mouse button. When you release the Spacebar, the rectangle locks in place, and you can continue to resize it. You can use the Spacebar move operation with any of the rectangle or ellipse tools or the bitmap marquee tools.

Change the color of the rectangle to color number 2 (a light tan) in the basic_colors.png file.

If you have the basic_colors.png file placed to the right of your home page file, choose Window > Cascade (Windows only) to return the windows to their original size and placement.

If you have a large monitor, you can leave the two windows side by side.

Drag the Rectangle Roundness slider in the Property inspector to 90.

You could also type the value you want in the text box. Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Macintosh) to enter the value for the rectangle.

Select the Pointer tool and drag the stick over the candy in the logo. Resize the rectangle to make it proportional to the candy.

You can change the size of the stick by dragging one of the handles with the Pointer tool.



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