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Drawing Shapes

To get a feeling for the Preset Shapes tool, open a new 500×500 image with the resolution set to 72 pixels per inch, the background color set to white, and the image type set to 16.7 million colors. Then follow these steps:

1.
Set the background color to anything but white and select the Preset Shapes tool.

2.
If the Tool Options window is not visible, turn it on by clicking the Toggle Tool Options Window icon in the toolbar or by choosing View, Toolbars and placing a check mark next to the Tool Options Window option in the Toolbars dialog box.

The Tool Options window is where you can set the options that are available for the Preset Shapes tool (see Figure 37.1). This assumes that you've selected the Preset Shapes tool.

Figure 37.1. The Tool Options window.


3.
Set Shape to Ellipse, Style to Filled (this is set in the Color palette), ignore Line Width for the moment, and place a check mark in the Antialias check box. Be sure that the Create as Vector option is unchecked, for now.

4.
While holding down the Shift key, click and drag the mouse anywhere in your image, and you'll notice a circular outline being drawn.

5.
Move the mouse until you get a good-size circle and then release the mouse. When you release the mouse, a filled circle appears where the outline was (see Figure 37.2).

Figure 37.2. Drawing a circle.



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