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Drawing Shapes with the Rectangle and Oval Tools

The Flash Toolbar 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 sides. The Oval tool creates circular shapes such as ovals and circles. Both can be constrained to certain aspect ratios by holding the Shift key or drawn freeform without the key modifier. 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. Because they are comprised of vectors, they are editable after they are created with any of Flash’s editing tools.

Draw with the Oval Tool

  1. Click the Oval tool in the Toolbar.

    TIMESAVER Press O to select the Oval tool.

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

    A preview of the oval appears as you drag.

Draw with the Rectangle Tool

  1. Click the Rectangle tool in the Toolbar.

    TIMESAVER Press R to select the Rectangle tool.

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

    A preview of the rectangle appears as you drag.

Draw a Rounded Rectangle

  1. Click the Rectangle tool in the Toolbar.
  2. Click the Round Rectangle Radius button in the Options area of the Toolbar to open the Rectangle Settings dialog box.
  3. Enter a value for the corner radius.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click and drag on the Stage, and then release the mouse.
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