Editing Shapes

To begin editing a shape, click on it. The Shapes and Lines section of the Design Tools will open, showing the available functions. Refer to the description of the functions below the image:

Add Shape

This is the same as choosing Insert > Add Shape or Line from the menu. See Adding Shapes for more information.

Mat

Click on this button to add a mat (a border or frame) to a shape, or to edit an existing mat.

In the Mat Properties dialog:

·          Drag the Size slider to change the size of the mat (the numbers represent the width of the mat in pixels).

·          Click on the Color square or the Change button to choose a color for the mat. See Choose Color for more information.

·          Click OK to apply the mat.

Drop Shadow

Click on this button to add a shadow to a shape, or to edit a shape’s existing shadow. A shadow makes the shape stand out and gives it a sense of depth on the page.

In the Shadow Properties dialog:

·          Ensure that the Enable Shadow box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the shadow.

·          Use the Opacity slider to affect how dark or light the shadow is.

·          Use the Blur slider to increase or decrease the sharpness of the shadow’s edge.

·          Click on the Change button next to the Color box to choose the shadow’s color. See the Choose Color topic for more information on choosing colors.

·          Click on the shadow in the preview area to the top right and hold the mouse button while dragging to adjust the shadow’s position. You may also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge the shadow.

·          Click on the On this page box to add a shadow with the same settings to each of the shapes on the current page.

·          Click on the In this project box to add a shadow with the same settings to all shapes on every page in the project.

·          Click on the Reset to Default button to clear the current settings.

·          Click on the Save as Default button to save the current settings as the default settings for shapes in PrintMaster. To clear default settings, choose Edit > Preferences from the menu (PrintMaster > Preferences on a Mac), click on the Shadow tab, check the Shapes and Lines box, and click Reset to System Default.

·          The Remove button is another method for removing the shadow. This method allows you to remove shadows from all shapes in the project, all shapes on the page, or the selected shape. After clicking the Remove button, click on your choice in the new window that appears.

·          Click OK to place the shadow.

Rotate 90° Left/Rotate 180°/Rotate 90° Right

Click on the Rotate 90° Left button to rotate the shape 90° counter-clockwise, the middle button to flip it vertically, or click the Rotate 90° Right button to rotate it 90° clockwise.

Rotate (by Degrees)

To rotate a shape, drag the slider to set the angle of rotation. The number in the box at the top right will show the angle in degrees (negative numbers represent counter-clockwise rotation).  Alternately, you can type a number directly into the box at the right and hit Enter (Return on the Mac) on the keyboard.

Black Shape

Click on this icon to change the color of the shape to black. This will not affect the color of the mat.

White Shape

Click on this icon to change the color of the shape to white. This will not affect the color of the mat.

Change Color

Click on the Change Color icon to change the shape color. This will open the Choose Color window. See the Choose Color topic for more information.

Match Color (only available in PrintMaster Platinum)

Clicking on this icon opens the Picker tab of the Color Chooser window. See the Choose Color topic for more information.

Opacity

This allows you to make the shape semi-transparent (the original state of the text is 100% opaque – not transparent at all). Drag the slider to the left to make the shape more transparent. Drag the slider to the right to make the shape more opaque (less transparent).

Mirror/Flip

Use these buttons to turn a shape into its mirror image. Click on the left button (Mirror) to flip the shape horizontally. Click on the right button (Flip) to flip the shape vertically.

Edit

Clicking on this button will bring up the Object Settings dialog, which allows you to make exact adjustments to the size and location of the shape.

Click on the up or down arrows next to each field or select a number and type in a new value to change the settings.

·          X – Changes the horizontal position of the selected object.

·          Y – Changes the vertical position of the selected object.

·          Width – Changes the width of the selected object.

·          Height – Changes the height of the selected object.

·          Keep Proportions – When checked, this option automatically adjusts the height as you change the width, and vice versa, to keep the shape from becoming distorted. Clear the check to allow stretching.

·          Other Shape Properties – The Object Settings window has additional editing options for certain types of shapes. The options below are available for the specified shape types:

Line – line thickness

Picture Frame – frame thickness

Polygon – number of sides

Rounded Corners – corner roundness (depth)

Star – number of points, star depth

Reset

Click on the Reset icon to return the shape to its original state (the way it looked immediately upon adding it).

Remove

Clicking on this button will delete the currently selected shape.