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Creating Rectangles and Ellipses

The Illustrator Tools panel includes several tools for quickly creating simple geometric vector shapes. They are easy to use; you just click and drag on the Stage to create the shapes. The Rectangle tool creates rectangles with square or rounded corners. The Ellipse tool creates circular shapes such as ovals and circles. These shapes can be comprised either of Strokes, which are lines that surround and define the shape, or Fills, which can be a color or texture inside the shape, or both.

Draw an Ellipse or Circle

  • yellow1.jpg Select the Ellipse tool on the Tools panel.
  • yellow2.jpg Select a Stroke and Fill Color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
  • yellow3.jpg Click and drag on the artboard, and then release the mouse.
  • yellow4.jpg To create an oval or circle with a specific width and height, click on the artboard where you want the top left corner, enter width and height values, and then click OK.

Draw a Rectangle or Rounded Rectangle

  • yellow1.jpg Click the Rectangle or Rounded Rectangle tool on the Tools panel.
  • yellow2.jpg Select a Stroke and Fill color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
  • yellow3.jpg Click and drag on the artboard, and then release the mouse.
  • yellow4.jpg To create a square, rectangle, or rounded rectangle with a specific width and height, click on the artboard where you want the top left corner, enter width and height values, and then click OK.
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