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Chapter 7. Drawing Vector Shapes > Creating Vector Shapes

Creating Vector Shapes

The Vector Shape window offers two basic ways to create a shape: You can use one of the shape tools (the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, or Polygon, either filled or unfilled) to draw a simple geometric shape, or you can use the Pen tool to draw a custom shape. The Pen tool, modeled after similar pen tools in Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash, requires some practice to use: You click to plot points along a path, and you drag to control the curvature of the line that connects those points.

Other tools allow you to specify a shape’s line width; line color, fill color, and background color; and whether the shape is open or closed. You can choose what kind of fill a shape will have (none, solid, or gradient), and you can specify the colors for a gradient fill. You can draw multiple shapes within a single cast member, but all of them must share the same line and fill settings (Figure 7.6).


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