Drawing Lines and Shapes
LayOut's line and shape tools make it easy to draw visual elements that give your document a polished look.
These tools can help you organize content on each page so your audience can easily follow along. For example, you might add a titleblock to convey basic information or highlight a detail in your project with a clipping mask, as shown in the following figure.
With LayOut's line and shape tools, you can
- Draw straight or curved lines and arcs.
- Draw rectangles, circles, and polygons and then split and join them to create more complex shapes.
- Bend or distort lines and shapes by editing the curvature controls and path points.
- Customize the line style, width, and more for lines or shapes.
- Fill shapes with colors and patterns.
- Create a clipping mask that shows part of a model or image inside a shape.
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.