Chapter 4: Creating Basic Shapes
In This Chapter
Using rectangles, ellipses, stars, and polygons
Resizing shapes after creation
Shapes, shapes, shapes — they’re everywhere in Illustrator. Basic shapes, such as squares, circles, polygons, and stars, are used in all types of illustrations. With the right know-how and the right shape tools, you can easily create these shapes exactly the way you want. In this chapter, you find out how to use these tools to control a shape’s outcome, create shapes based on precise measurements, and change the number of points a star has.
The Basic Shape Tools
The only visible shape tool in the Tools panel is, as a default, the Rectangle tool. If you click and hold down that tool, you can access the Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, and Star tools, shown in Figure 4-1. (Although you see the Flare tool, it isn’t a basic shape.)
Figure 4-1: Basic shape tools.