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Editing shapes

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Video: Editing shapes

In the last movie, we created some basic shapes. Now let's look at editing these shapes. To do that, simply click one time on a basic shape that you've created and then go up to the Format menu and come down to the Shape menu and select Make Editable. When you make a shape editable, you'll notice that the corner points of the shape have changed from the White Control Handles to Solid Red Control Handles. If you click one of these red control handles, and you drag it to a new location, the other control handles all remain constant, while the one that you move causes the shape to distort.

Editing shapes

In the last movie, we created some basic shapes. Now let's look at editing these shapes. To do that, simply click one time on a basic shape that you've created and then go up to the Format menu and come down to the Shape menu and select Make Editable. When you make a shape editable, you'll notice that the corner points of the shape have changed from the White Control Handles to Solid Red Control Handles. If you click one of these red control handles, and you drag it to a new location, the other control handles all remain constant, while the one that you move causes the shape to distort.

You can then grab the Control Handle again and move it to a new location. Each of the different control points can be moved independently of each other. If you deselect by clicking away from the shape and then click on the shape again, you return back to the selection where you can simply change the size of the shape. If you want to continue editing, all you need to do is click one time on the shape to select it and then click a second time on one of the lines of the shape in order to get back to the editing mode. Now you can continue editing the shape.

To add even more interest to your shape, if you double-click on one of the red endpoints, you can convert between a Straight endpoint and a Curved endpoint. When you create a Curved endpoint, you'll see these two small additional curve handles that come out on either side. If you grab those and drag them in either direction, you can change the angle at which the curve is coming in and out of that point. If you select a shape that has a curve already and go up to the Format menu, come down to the Shape menu, and choose Make Editable, you'll notice that on a Curved shape you have additional points.

Now we can control how each of the in points and out points of the curve are adjusted. You also get the handles on these to be able to adjust those as well. On a complex shape such as our star, when we choose Format > Shape > Make Editable, you'll notice that we get lots of control points. So we can change a lot of the different parameters about this particular shape, each of them independent of the others. I'm going to go ahead and create another Rectangle shape so we just have a plain, basic rectangle here.

And go up to the Format menu, choose Shape, and make it editable. Then another option that we have is to smooth out the shape entirely. If I go back up to the Format menu with my shape still selected, go down to the Shape menu, I have two additional options, one called Smooth Path and one called Sharpen Path. Let's go ahead and choose the Smooth Path. When you do that, then each of the control points around your shape are all converted into smooth points, so each of them now all have handles on them so the shape can be adjusted.

If you have a Smooth shape, you can go up to the Format menu, go down to Shape and choose Sharpen Path, and that will convert all of the Curved endpoints back into Straight endpoints that do not have the additional control handles on them. When you're working with shapes, you're only limited by your own creativity as to what you can do with the basic shapes that you'd have to start with. Next, we'll look at drawing a shape from scratch.

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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
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      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
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      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
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      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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