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Drawing Lines and Shapes

Creating a document or presentation without visual appeal is like a movie star in ratty pajamas walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Fortunately, LayOut’s line and shape tools make it easy to draw visual elements that give your document a polished look.

In addition to helping your document look its best, LayOut’s line and shape tools can help you organize content on each page so your audience can easily follow along. For example, you might add a simple line to divide the page into sections or show a detail of your model in a circle created with a clipping mask, as shown in the following figure.

LayOuts drawing tools help you organize elements on the page

With LayOut’s line and shape tools, you can

Tip: As you draw lines and shapes in LayOut, you’ll notice the LayOut inference engine displaying helpful cues. LayOut’s inference engine is similar to, but not exactly the same as, SketchUp’s. Here are a few quick tips to help you interpret the cues that you see when the LayOut inference engine is at work:
  • Colors indicate a line’s position in the document area or relationship to other lines. For example, you might see a green dashed line to indicate when the Line tool cursor is vertically aligned with a line or shape above or below the cursor, as shown in the following figure.
  • ScreenTips identify significant points, such as the midpoint of a line.
  • To tell the inference engine you’re interested in a point, hover the mouse cursor over that location before you begin drawing.
  • To increase the inference engine’s sensitivity, zoom in on the drawing area.
  • Holding down the Shift key doesn’t lock on an inference as it does in SketchUp.
The green dashed line indicates the cursor is vertically aligned

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