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Drawing Shapes with the Rectangle and Oval Tools

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The Flash 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 Oval tool creates circular shapes such as ovals and circles. These shapes can be comprised of Strokes, which are lines that surround and define the shape, Fills, which are a color or texture inside the shape, or both. You can create two types of shapes: Drawing or Primitive. Drawing, or standard, shapes are self contained; the stroke and fill of a shape are not separate elements, while for Primitive shapes they are separate elements.

Draw with the Oval Tool

  1. Click the Oval or Oval Primitive tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Select a Stroke and Fill Color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
  3. Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.

  4. In the Properties Inspector, change the values you want.

Draw with the Rectangle Tool

  1. Click the Rectangle or Rectangle Primitive tool on the Tools panel.

  2. Select a Stroke and Fill color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
  3. Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.

  4. In the Properties Inspector, change the values you want.

Draw a Rounded Rectangle

  1. Click the Rectangle or Rectangle Primitive tool on the Tools panel.
  2. Enter a value for the corner radius in the Properties Inspector.
  3. To create an exact size rectangle shape, select the shape, enter the width and height values in the Properties Inspector.
  4. Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.

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