About this lesson
All Shapes and Sizes
Covering the different types of basic shapes that can be made and how to scale them, rotate or flip them, and manipulate them.
When to use
You can use the Shape Tools any time you need to create a geometric shape, whether you want to use it as is or to alter and transform it into a variation of a shape.
- Begin by opening the 'All Shapes and Sizes - Exercise.ai' file.
- Click and hold your cursor on the Shape Tools from the Toolbar on the left side of the Illustrator interface.
- Select the tab on the right side with the small arrow to undock the tool from the toolbar.
- Grab the Rectangle Tool (M) and practice creating a rectangle vs a square by dragging out a shape with the Rectangle Tool (M) and then do the same thing while holding down the Shift Key to constrain the proportions of the shape.
- Repeat this with the Ellipse Tool (L) to create an ellipse vs a circle.
- Select the Pentagon and Star Tools and notice how these tools allow you not only to scale and constrain, but also to rotate the shapes.
Hints & tips
- If you have the Rounded Rectangle Tool selected, you can click and drag the corners to make them more or less rounded depending on the look you want to achieve.
- Certain Shape Tools such as the Star Tool and Pentagon Tool allow you to change the number of sides by first selecting the tool and then double clicking on the canvas and entering the number of sides in the dialog box that appears.
- You can also transform your shapes by experimenting with some of the options found under the Object > Transform Menu to do things like rotate and reflect.
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