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Adding shapes

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Video: Adding shapes

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.

Adding shapes

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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  1. 4m 48s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 0s
  2. 53m 58s
    1. Installing iBooks Author
      1m 47s
    2. Installing iBooks on an iPad
      1m 9s
    3. Creating a new document
      3m 25s
    4. Understanding the interface
      4m 48s
    5. Creating a book cover
      9m 26s
    6. Adding an intro video
      1m 48s
    7. Creating chapters
      8m 2s
    8. Creating sections
      3m 52s
    9. Creating pages
      2m 15s
    10. Adding visual interest
      4m 54s
    11. Customizing the table of contents
      5m 44s
    12. Creating a glossary
      2m 57s
    13. Previewing your work on an iPad
      3m 51s
  3. 27m 22s
    1. Understanding templates
      3m 18s
    2. Creating a blank layout
      3m 42s
    3. Modifying existing layouts
      5m 13s
    4. Creating a custom layout
      3m 57s
    5. Defining placeholder media
      1m 1s
    6. Defining placeholder text
      50s
    7. Adding auto-updating text
      1m 18s
    8. Creating a photo collage layout
      3m 25s
    9. Sharing a custom template
      1m 55s
    10. Creating a portrait-only book
      2m 43s
  4. 19m 25s
    1. Dragging and dropping plain text
      3m 16s
    2. Inserting text from Pages
      6m 51s
    3. Inserting text from Microsoft Word
      7m 11s
    4. Creating linked text boxes
      2m 7s
  5. 52m 13s
    1. Understanding how to format text
      2m 5s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 6s
    3. Creating lists
      5m 29s
    4. Creating custom styles
      9m 34s
    5. Controlling tabs
      5m 54s
    6. More on text control
      12m 37s
    7. Embedding equations with LaTeX
      3m 53s
    8. Embedding equations with MathType
      4m 35s
  6. 29m 14s
    1. Understanding objects
      7m 33s
    2. Adding objects
      2m 26s
    3. Manipulating objects on a page
      3m 24s
    4. Layering objects together
      1m 36s
    5. Changing an object's appearance
      7m 15s
    6. Adding titles, labels, captions, and descriptions
      5m 25s
    7. Adding accessibility text to objects
      1m 35s
  7. 21m 45s
    1. Adding images
      5m 33s
    2. Removing parts of photos with Instant Alpha
      3m 54s
    3. Cropping and masking images
      4m 0s
    4. Controlling image settings
      3m 0s
    5. Spanning an image across two pages
      5m 18s
  8. 16m 12s
    1. Understanding shapes
      2m 29s
    2. Adding shapes
      2m 29s
    3. Editing shapes
      3m 24s
    4. Drawing shapes
      3m 31s
    5. Creating a custom shape mask
      4m 19s
  9. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding tables
      2m 22s
    2. Creating tables
      2m 9s
    3. Adding and importing data into tables
      3m 3s
    4. Formatting table cells and data
      8m 37s
    5. Performing calculations
      3m 57s
    6. Using conditional formatting
      2m 52s
    7. Sorting table data
      1m 15s
    8. Adding a custom table description
      1m 42s
  10. 22m 33s
    1. Understanding charts
      2m 30s
    2. Adding charts
      3m 59s
    3. Editing chart data
      3m 51s
    4. Formatting charts
      5m 24s
    5. Changing the chart type
      5m 48s
    6. Adding chart descriptions
      1m 1s
  11. 45m 53s
    1. Understanding widgets
      4m 18s
    2. Creating an image gallery
      5m 18s
    3. Adding a movie
      4m 4s
    4. Adding a Keynote presentation
      5m 32s
    5. Adding a 3D object
      4m 24s
    6. Adding an interactive image
      7m 54s
    7. Adding custom HTML
      7m 57s
    8. Creating a scrolling sidebar
      3m 45s
    9. Creating a popover effect
      2m 41s
  12. 17m 4s
    1. Understanding review questions
      2m 26s
    2. Adding a review section
      2m 27s
    3. Creating multiple-choice questions
      7m 16s
    4. Creating matching questions
      4m 55s
  13. 27m 1s
    1. Preflighting on an iPad
      6m 21s
    2. Exporting a book in iBooks format
      2m 26s
    3. Exporting a book as a PDF
      2m 33s
    4. Exporting a book as a text document
      1m 49s
    5. Emailing a book
      2m 24s
    6. Getting ready to publish to the iBookstore
      4m 44s
    7. Publishing to the iBookstore
      6m 44s
  14. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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