Creating precise rectangles in LayOut




Creating precise rectangles

The Measurements field allows you to accurately define the dimensions of your rectangles. You can create a precise rectangles explicitly typing the starting point and end point locations in the Measurements field. The Measurements field prompt changes to 'Point' when the Rectangle tool is selected.

Defining the start point location

You can set the start point of an rectangle, before making the first click with the mouse, using absolute coordinates. For example, to set the start point to location 10",2", type [10",2"] followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X). The Measurements field prompt changes to 'Dimensions' after a start point has been established.

Absolute coordinates are measured from the upper left-hand corner of the page.

Defining the end point location

You can define the end point location in absolute coordinates or as a dimension.

Absolute coordinates

You can set the end point of a rectangle, after setting the start point, using absolute coordinates. For example, to set the next point, in absolute coordinates, to location 10",2", type [10",2"] followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X).

Absolute coordinates are measured from the upper left-hand corner of the page.

Dimensions

You can set the end point of a rectangle, after setting the start point, in dimensions (width and height). For example, to set the dimensions to 11" x 4" (width by height), type 11,4 or followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X). Dimensions will be in the direction of your mouse. For example, if your mouse is to the bottom and left of the start point, typing 11",4" or will create a rectangle with the second point 11 inches left and 4 inches down from the start point.

Defining the corner round radius (rounded rectangle)

You can define the corner round radius for rounded rectangles. Type in a value with units followed by the letter r to modify the rounding radius of corners. For example, to set the rounded radius to 10 points, type 10pt r followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X).

Defining the bulge (bulge rectangle)

You can define the bulge for bulge rectangles. Type in a value with units followed by the letter r to modify the bulge. For example, to set the bulge to 10 points, type 10pt r followed by the Enter key (Microsoft Windows) or Return key (Mac OS X).

Note: Use negative numbers to create the rectangle in the opposite direction.


Note: You can continue to change the size of a rectangle, by entering the dimensions in the Measurements field, until you draw another rectangle or select a new tool.