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Drawing Shapes


0:01 In this lesson, we’re going to do a quick overview of each of LayOut’s different shape tools...starting with rectangles.

0:08 Go ahead and select the basic rectangle tool (or R-keyboard shortcut).

0:12 Then click down to start the rectangle.

0:15 Note that holding shift locks the aspect ratio to square.

0:20 Now draw another one, this time with set dimensions.

0:24 Click down to start the rectangle then enter 2” for its width and .5” for its height.

0:31 Now select the rounded rectangle tool.

0:33 Click down below our basic rectangles and notice the rounded corners now.

0:37 We can control the radius of the corners by using the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard.

0:42 Just a heads up that the rounded corners are not dynamic, meaning if you stretch or change the proportions of your rectangle, so too will the corners stretch.

0:51 Next let’s look at the bulge rectangle.

0:55 Same as rounded, you can use the arrow keys to toggle the size of the bulge up or down.

1:01 Lastly is lozenge, which applies an arc on two sides to create a pill shape.

1:07 There are no modifier keys here except for holding shift, which remember, constrains a rectangle to a square, so in this case, it creates circle.

1:16 Speaking of circles...with the circle tool, you just need to set the radius.

1:21 You can do that just by clicking down or entering in a fixed dimension, say .5 inches.

1:28 The other option in the circle dropdown is ellipse.

1:32 Like the rectangle tool, we can set both the length and the height.

1:36 Let’s do 2” for length and 1” for height.

1:41 The last of our shape tools is the polygon.

1:45 Select this and click down to start the polygon.

1:48 Similar to our rounded corners rectangle, you can use the up and down arrow keys to set the number of sides.

1:55 Toggle up and down till the right number is reached, then set the radius and that’s it.

2:01 To conclude our shapes lesson, let’s look at offsets – which work the same way they do in SketchUp.

2:08 Using the polygon that we just made, select offset tool or ‘F’ keyboard shortcut…

2:14 and then select polygon and either place offset manually to enter a fixed distance, like 1/8”.

2:21 If you want multiple offsets, just type in “x”, for times, and the number you want before exiting the offset tool.