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Now let's look at some ways to add shapes to our documents. The most simple way is to simply come up to your Toolbar, select the Shapes tool, and then select one of the predefined shapes. Let's go ahead and select the Rectangle shape. When you do, a rectangle appears on screen. Now, since this is simply an object, we can grab the object and move it. We can grab one of the corner handles of the object and drag it down in order to stretch the shape down larger, or we can drag it to the right to make the shape wider.
If you hold down the Shift key on your keyboard while you drag, you get a uniformly-scaled shape. Let's go ahead and move the shape over to the side, and let's add another shape, only this time we'll go up to the Insert menu and go down to Shape, and here we have a listing of all of the same types of shapes that we can add. This time, go ahead and select the Rounded Rectangle. The rounded rectangle works exactly like the regular rectangle, where we can resize it, we can hold down the Shift key to resize it uniformly, or we can grab some of the middle handles and resize a particular axis at one time.
But the rounded rectangle has a Radius tool as well, and that's indicated by the small blue circle on the top of the rectangle. If you grab the blue Radius tool and drag it to the right, the shape becomes more rounded until eventually you get pretty much a circle. If you drag it more to the left, you move more towards a rectangle. So go ahead and adjust the roundness of your rectangle. We'll go ahead and move that off to the side as well. Let's go back up to the Shapes menu, and this time come down and select the Star shape.
The star shape not only has all of the same types of properties that the first two rectangles had, it also has the Radius tool, where we can grab the radius, and as we drag in, the points of the star drag down into sharper points or we can drag the radius out and have more of a pentagon shape. The Star tool also has an additional parameter letting us control the number of points of the star that are created, and that's using this Heads-Up Display, or HUD, for points.
Initially it's set to 5, but as we drag the slider to the right, we can increase the number of points to our star. When we deselect, we have a star that's formatted the way that we want to use it. These are the most basic controls for creating shapes. In the next movie, we'll look at editing our shapes.
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