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Using the Shapes Tool to Create Objects

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Mar 26, 2010 09:34


Using the Shapes Tool to Create Objects

Create objects the way that artists do, by breaking them down into simple shapes with the Shapes tool. For example, here's how to use Shapes tool to create footprints:

  1. On the Ribbon, click the Insert tab.
  2. Find the Illustrations group and click the Shapes button. A dropdown menu of shapes will appear.
  3. Under Basic Shapes, select the Oval.
  4. Use the Oval to draw a foot. When you finish you will see a series of white dots and squares surrounding the oval as well as a single green dot above it.
  5. Shape, resize, and/or position your oval as necessary:
    1. Use the white dots on the corners of your oval to resize it.
    2. Use the white squares to adjust its proportions.
    3. Use the green dot to rotate it.
  6. Click the Shapes button again.
  7. Under Basic Shapes, select the Chord. When you finish you will see the same white dots and squares and the same green dot. However, you will also see two yellow diamonds.
  8. Shape, resize, and/or position your chord as you did with your oval.
  1. Use the yellow diamonds to alter the angles of your chord.
  2. Move the oval and chord together, making the necessary adjustments until they look like a single footprint.
  3. Select both the oval and chord, right-click. A context sensitive menu will appear.
  4. Choose Group to group the items together as a single object.
  5. Click CTRL+C to copy this item and then CTRL+V to paste. A second footprint will appear.
  6. Select both, right-click and select Group from the context-sensitive menu to create a single graphic.
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Tip: This graphic can be copied, rotated, resized, and/or combined with other graphics to create the art you see pictured above.

What shapes were used to construct the graphic on the right?

Now use the Shapes tool to make a graphic of your own.

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