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Custom shapes can be very useful in a variety of contexts. They can be used for logos, or commonly used to design elements of a page or poster layout. They are great for symbols, arrows and signs as well.
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How to use, create and save custom shapes.
When to use:
Custom shapes can be very useful in a variety of contexts. They can be used for logos, or commonly used as design elements of a page or poster layout. They are great for symbols, arrows and signs as well.
To use existing shapes
- Select the Shapes tool from the Tools menu
- From the Options bar, use the drop-down menu to select the shape you want
- Click on the ‘Gear' icon to add more shapes to your drop-down choices.
To create a custom ‘speech bubble’
- Choose the Ellipse tool from the Tools bar.
- Draw out an ellipse shape on your document.
- Switch to the Pen tool
- Choose ‘shape' option in the Options bar.
- Choose ‘combined shapes’ option in the Options bar
- Draw one side of the bubble connecter
- Using the Option key (Mac) or ALT key (Windows), adjust the handles of the path to get desired shape
- Change to Path Selection tool
- Press ALT or Option and click the shape to duplicate, and place it on other side of bubble.
- In Edit dropdown menu, choose Transform Path/Flip Horizontally
How save a custom shape for future use
- Make sure that the new object is selected and that the path is visible by pressing Command-(Mac) or Control-(PC) Shift-'H'
- Go to Edit dropdown menu and select ‘define custom shape’ option
- Name shape and press OK
Shapes are vector objects so they can be as large or small as you want, with no loss of quality.
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