How to draw simple lines and shapes

Use the Segment Line tool when drawing one straight line segment at a time. See How to Use The Line Tool for a learning game that will help you learn how to use the Line Segment tool.

Select the segment tool for the line.

Do one of the following: Position the pointer where you want to start the line, and drag to the end of the line.

Click where you wish to start the line. Specify line Length and Angle in the dialog box. Select Fill Line if you wish to fill the line with the current fill color. Then, just click OK.

How to Draw arcs

Click the Segment Line tool and hold it). Choose Arc Tool

Do one of the following: Position the pointer where you want the arc to start, and drag to the end of the arc.

Click where you wish to start the arc. Click a square in the dialog box on the locator of the reference point to determine the point from which the arc is drawn. Then set any of the options below, and click OK.

Length X‐Axis: Specifies arc width. Length Y‐Axis: Specifies arc height. Type: Specifies whether you want an open path or a closed path to the object.

Base Along: Specifies Arc direction. Depending on whether you want to draw the base of the arc along the horizontal (x) axis or vertical (y) axis, choose the X Axis or Y Axis.

Slope: Specifies the direction to the slope of the arc. For a concave (inward) slope enter a negative value. For a convex (outward) slope enter a positive value. A 0 incline creates a line straight.

Fill Arc: Fill the current fill color into the arc.

Note: Double click the arc tool in the Tools panel to see a dynamic preview of the arc as you set the options.

How to use Draw spirals

Click the Segment Line tool and hold it). Choose the Spiral Tool.

Do one of the following things: Drag to the desired size until the spiral. Drag the pointer into an arc to spiral around.

Click where you wish to start the spiral. Set any of the following options in the dialog box, and click OK. Radius: Specifies the distance from the center to the spiral outermost point.

Decay: Specifies the amount by which each spiral wind should fall relative to the preceding wind.

Segments: Specifies how many spiral segments are in. Each full spiral wind is composed of four segments.

Style: Specifies Spiral direction.

Learn how to use Draw grids

Click the Segment Line tool and hold it). Choose the Tool Rectangular Grid.

Do one of the following: Drag to the desired size until the grid.

Click to set the reference point for grid. In the dialog box, the point from which the grid is drawn is determined by clicking a square on the reference point locator. Then set any of the options below, and click OK. Default Size: Specifies the width and height of the grid.

Horizontal Dividers: Specifies the number of horizontal dividers between the top and bottom of the grid you wish to appear. The Skew value determines the weighting of the horizontal dividers toward the top or bottom of the grid.

Vertical Dividers: Specifies the number of dividers between the left and right sides of the grid you wish to appear. The Skew value determines how the right or left side of the vertical dividers are weighted.

Use Outside Rectangle As Frame: Replaces a separate rectangular object in the top, bottom, left, and right segments.

Fill Grid: Fills the grid with the current fill color (the fill is set to none otherwise).

How to Draw circular (polar) grids in easy ways.

Click the Segment Line tool and hold it). Select the tool Polar Grid.

Do one of the following: Drag to the desired size until the grid.

Click to set the reference point for grid. In the dialog box, the point from which the grid is drawn is determined by clicking a square on the reference point locator. Then set any of the options below, and click OK. Default Size: Specifies the width and height of the grid.

Concentric Dividers: Specifies the number of concentric circular dividers that you want to appear in the grid. The Skew value determines how the concentrated dividers are weighted inward or out of the grid.

Radial Dividers: Specifies the number of radial dividers between the center and the grid circumference you wish to appear. The Skew value determines how counterclockwise or clockwise the radial dividers on the grid are weighted.

Create Compound Path From Ellipses: Converts the concentric circles into separate paths of the compound and fills each other.

Fill Grid: Fills the grid with the current fill color (the fill is set to none otherwise).

Learn how to Draw rectangles and squares by paksf.com

Select the Rectangle tool or the Rounded Rectangle tool .

Do one of the following: Drag it diagonally until the rectangle is the desired size, to draw a rectangle.

Hold down the Shift key to draw a square while dragging diagonally, until the square is the desired size.

Click where you want the top-left corner to be to create a square or rectangle using the values. Specify a width and height (and a rounded rectangle angle radius), and click OK.

How to Specify the corner radius of arounded rectangle

The angle radius determines the roundness of the corners of the rectangle. For all new rectangles you can change the default radius, and change the radius for individual rectangles as you draw them.

Select Edit > Preferences > General (Windows) or Illustrator > Preferences > General (macOS) to change the default corner radius, and enter a new value for Corner Radius. Alternatively, choose the Rounded Rectangle tool, click in the document window and enter a new Corner Radius value. The default radius applies only to new rounded rectangles which you draw, not to rounded rectangles which exist.

Press the Up Arrow key or Down Arrow key to change the corner radius while dragging along with the Rounded Rectangle tool. When the angles are the roundness desired, release the key.

Press the Left Arrow key to create square corners while dragging along with the Rounded Rectangle tool.

Press the Right Arrow key to create the most rounded corners while dragging along with the Rounded Rectangle tool.

Learn how to Draw ellipses and its functions by paksf.com

Click the Rectangle Tool and hold it). Select the tool Ellipse.

Do one of the following: Drag to the desired size diagonally until the ellipse is.

Click where you want the bounding box to be in the top-left corner of the ellipse. Specify Ellipse width and height, and click OK.

Note: At dragging, hold down the Shift key to create a circle. To specify dimensions, click the word Height to copy that value into the Height box once you’ve entered a width value.

Learn how to Draw polygons and its functions

Click the Rectangle Tool and hold it). Select the tool Polygon.

Do one of the following: Drag to the desired size, until the polygon. Drag the pointer to spin the polygon in an arc. Press the Up and Down Arrow keys to add and remove polygon sides.

Click where you want the polygon center to be. Specify the polygon radius and number of sides, and then click OK.

Learn how to Draw stars and its functions by paksf.com

Click the Rectangle Tool and hold it). Choose the Star tool.

Do one of the following: Drag to the desired size, until the star. Drag the pointer to the rotating star in an arc. To add and remove points from the star press Up Arrow and Down Arrow.

Click where that star’s center you want to be. For Radius 1 specify the distance from the star’s center to the innermost points of the star. For Radius 2, specify the distance between the center of the star and the outermost points of the star. Specify how many points you wish the star to have for Points. Then, just click OK. You can also use the up and down arrow keys while drawing the star to increase or decrease the number of points inside the star.

Learn how to Draw flares and its functions by paksf.com

The Flare tool creates objects of flare with a bright centre, a halo, and rays and rings. Use this tool to create a lens flare-like effect on a photograph.

Flares include a handle center and a handle to the end. The handles are used to position the flare and its rings. The center handle is in the bright center of the flare — from this point, the flare path begins.

CREATE A FLARE DEFAULT Click and hold the Rectangle Tool). Select the tool Flare.

Press Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS), and click where you want to see the flare center handle.

Tip: When drawn over existing objects flares often look best.

DRAW A FLARE Choose tool Flare.

Press the mouse button down to place the flare’s center handle, then drag to set the center size, the halo size and rotate the ray angle.

Press Shift before mouse release to restrict the rays to a set angle. To add or subtract rays press Arrow or Down Arrow. To keep the center of the flare constant, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (macOS)

Release the mouse as desired if center, halo, and rays.

To add rings to the flare, press and drag again, and place the end handle.

Press Up Arrow or Down Arrow to add or subtract rings before mouse is released. To place the rings at random, press the tilde (~) key.

Release the mouse at the desired location when end handle is in.

At different opacity settings, each element (center, halo, rings, and rays) in the flare is filled with colour.

CREATE A FLARE USING THE FLARE TOOL OPTIONS DIALOG BOX

Select the Flare tool, and click where the flare center handle should be placed.

Do any of the following options in the Flare Tool Options dialog box, and click OK: Specify the center of the flare’s overall diameter, opacity and brightness.

Specify the halo growth as a percentage of the total size, and specify the halo’s fluffiness (0 is crisp and 100 is fluffy).
If you want the flare to contain rays, select Rays and specify the number of rays, the longest rays (as a percentage of the average rays), and the rays’ fluffiness (0 is crisp and 100 is fluffy).

If you want the flare to contain rings, select Rings and specify the distance between the center point of the halo (centre) and the center point of the furthest ring (end handle), the number of rings, the largest ring (as a percentage of the average ring), and the direction or angle of the rings.

Learn how to Edit a flare

Do any of the following: select the flare, and then double-click the Flare tool icon to open the Flare Tool Options dialog. Change the preferences in the dialog box.
Tip: Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) to reset a flare to the default values, and click Reset.

Choose flare and tool Flare. To change the length or direction of the flare, drag an endpoint — from either the center handle or the end handle.
Choose the flare, and select Object > Expand. This makes the flare elements editable, like blend elements.

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