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Creating Polygons and Stars

The Polygon and Star tools work in much the same way as the Ellipse and Rectangle tools do to allow you to easily create complex vector shapes. You can use these tools to create either polygons and stars. Polygons are shapes based on a center radius and a number of sides, while stars are shapes based on two center radiuses: one for the distance from the center of the star to the innermost points, and another for the distance from the center to the outermost points. Experiment with several options to get the kind of shape you want.

Draw a Polygon or Star Shape

  • yellow1.jpg Select the Polygon or Star tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes a crosshair that you can drag anywhere on the artboard.

  • 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 shape with a specific radius and number of sides or points, click on the artboard where you want the center of the shape, enter the following values, and then click OK.
    • Polygon. Enter a radius and number of sides for the polygon. To create a triangle, enter 3 sides.

    • Star. Enter radius 1 for the distance from the center of the star to the innermost points and enter radius 2 for the distance from the center to the outermost points.

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