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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Drawing Shapes with the Rectangle and Oval Tools

Drawing Shapes with the Rectangle and Oval Tools

The Flash Toolbar includes several tools for quickly creating simple geometric vector shapes. They are easy to use; you just click and drag on the Stage to create the shapes. The Rectangle tool creates rectangles with square or rounded sides. The Oval tool creates circular shapes such as ovals and circles. Both can be constrained to certain aspect ratios by holding the Shift key or drawn freeform without the key modifier. These shapes can be comprised of Strokes, which are lines that surround and define the shape, Fills, which are a color or texture inside the shape, or both. Because they are comprised of vectors, they are editable after they are created with any of Flash’s editing tools.

Draw with the Oval Tool

1.
Click the Oval tool in the Toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press O to select the Oval tool.

2.
Select a Stroke and Fill Color from the Colors area of the Toolbar.

3.
Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.

A preview of the oval appears as you drag.

Draw with the Rectangle Tool

1.
Click the Rectangle tool in the Toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press R to select the Rectangle tool.

2.
Select a Stroke and Fill color from the Colors area of the Toolbar.

3.
Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.

A preview of the rectangle appears as you drag.

Draw a Rounded Rectangle

1.
Click the Rectangle tool in the Toolbar.

2.
Click the Round Rectangle Radius button in the Options area of the Toolbar to open the Rectangle Settings dialog box.

3.
Enter a value for the corner radius.

4.
5.
Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.

Did You Know?

You can enter values ranging from 0 to 999 points in the Rectangle Settings dialog box. A value of zero gives you a straight-sided-square. Higher numbers produce squares with more rounded sides.

You can hold down the Shift key while dragging to produce a perfect square with equal sides or a perfect circle. If you want to draw an oval or a rectangle without a stroke or fill, you can set either of these options to No Fill in the Colors area of the Toolbar or in the Color Mixer.

You can draw shapes without a stroke or a fill. Set either of these properties to No Fill in the Colors section of the Toolbar or in the Color Mixer.


See Also

See “Changing Stroke and Fill Colors” on page 96 for information on changing shapes.


For Your Information

Creating Exact Size Rectangle and Oval Shapes

The Rectangle and Oval Tool dialog boxes lets you specify the exact width and height of ovals and rectangles, as well as the corner radius of rectangles to create rounded rectangles (). To create a rectangle, rounded rectangle, or oval, click the Rectangle tool or Oval tool in the Toolbar, and then Alt-click(Win) or Option-click (Mac) a blank area on the Stage. In the dialog box, specify the settings you want, and then click OK.


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