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Creating shapes and lines

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Shapes and lines are powerful tools

Creating shapes and lines

Shapes and lines are powerful tools for directing student attention and drawing diagrams. When you select the shapes tool, the contextual panel for the shapes appears. I'd like to demonstrate how to make a vinn diagram, so you can see how easy it is to modify object properties. So first step in making a Venn diagram is we're going to go ahead and select our geometric shapes. And I've got the circle already selected, and I'm going to draw, drag my finger across the page, and draw myself the first circle.

Having drawn that circle, I go back to my selector tool, and that's an important thing to remember, and I'm going to try to select the circle. Notice that when I'm tapping in the middle of the circle the circle will not be selected and that's because there is no solid fill to this geometric shape. But if I select the circle on the edge, there we go, I have now selected my circle. Now the reason why I'm selecting it instead of drawing just a second circle for my venn diagram, is that I want the second circle to be the exact same size. So I'm going to drop down menu, love that drop down menu, and I'm going to hit clone.

And now I've got myself two circles overlapping. Now, it's, it's time to modify the properties of those circles. One way to do that is up here at the top in the contextual panel. But I prefer to go to my properties tab and modify there, because in the properties tab you see all your options and it's kind of big and easy to see everything that's possible. So I'm going to go to that properties tab with that circle selected. Please note that depending on what object is selected you're going to have different options in your properties tab. So with the circle selected I'm going to go ahead and go to a solid fill.

And there's a nice bright blue circle there. And I'm going to go ahead and change the transparency. Okay. There we go. Tone that down a little bit, so I've got less than, I've got that transparency changed. And I'm going to go ahead and change the line as well. Cause on the circle there's a fill color and there's a line color. So, you go the line style and I'm going to go ahead and make that line style the same color as the fill style. Excellent, I'm happy with my first circle. I'm going to select my second circle. Again selecting it on the edge. I'm going to go again to my Properties Tab.

This time I'm going to go with a green line, and now I'm going to go to Fill Effects, and I'm going to go with a solid fill. And I'm also going to make that green. Wow, that was quick and that was easy. Let's change the transparency on that circle as well. And as you can see quickly and easily I have created a Venn diagram. Next, on another page, I'm adding a page right now, I just want to demonstrate to you how I can create a quick and easy line and how I can change the properties of that line and turn it into an arrow.

So i'm going to go to my Line tool up there on my Tools panel, and I've just got a regular old line selected, okay? And I'm going to go ahead and make sure that I go to my Select tool. Remember, always go back to that selector, and I'm going to tap on that line. And now the line is selected, and we are ready to modify the properties of our line. Going to the Properties tab, we have all these options for our line. I'm going to make this a blue line, make it thick, and I want an arrowhead on the end, because I want it to be pointing at something, maybe something important in my lesson that I want to point out.

So I'm going to, not the start, but rather, I'm going to make the end point be an arrow. Very nice, now that arrow is pointing down and I know that I can select that arrow and I can drag it, and move it, and point it wherever I want that arrow to be pointed. Very nice. There's a challenge waiting for you in the exercise files to practice modifying shape and line properties. Editing the properties of objects allows you to create exactly what you desire.

The possibilities are endless and these graphics can focus student attention and make your SMART Notebook pages pop.

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