- Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics
- Understanding Paths
- Selecting a Drawing Mode
- Creating Pixel Aligned Objects
- Creating Rectangles and Ellipses
- Creating Polygons and Stars
- Creating Line Segments
- Creating Arcs and Spirals
- Creating Grids
- Using the Shape Builder Tool
- Creating Perspective Objects
- Working with Perspective Objects
- Customizing a Perspective Grid
- Understanding Selections
- Using the Selection Tool
- Using the Direct Selection Tool
- Using the Lasso Tool
- Using the Magic Wand Tool
- Selecting and Grouping Objects
- Selecting Similar Objects
- Saving and Editing Selections
- Moving Objects
- Duplicating Objects
- Aligning and Distributing Objects
- Transforming Objects
- Using the Free Transform Tool
- Rotating and Scaling Objects
- Reflecting and Shearing Objects
- Applying Multiple Transformations
- Reshaping Objects with Envelopes
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 or 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
- Select the Polygon or Star tool on the Tools panel.
The pointer becomes a crosshair that you can drag anywhere on the artboard.
- Select a Stroke and Fill color from the Colors area of the Tools panel.
- Click and drag on the artboard, and then release the mouse.
- 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.