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Drawing Tools

This section is an introduction to tools on the Drawing toolbars. The drawing tools allow you to create your own visual effects within Impress. The toolbars are located on both the top and the bottom of the Impress screen.

  • To view the Drawing toolbar, go to View->Toolbars->Drawing. Click on Drawing so that a check mark appears beside it on the menu.

The following is an explanation of basic tools on the BOTTOM Impress toolbar, from left to right.



  • Select -this button looks like the cursor arrow. Click this button to then select and move objects on your slide.

  • Line and Arrow - these tools allow you to insert lines or arrows by clicking the tool, then clicking and dragging in your slide.

  • Rectangle and Oval - these tools allow you to insert rectangles or ovals by clicking the tool, then clicking and dragging in your slide.

  • Text Box -clicking this tool and then clicking in your slide inserts a box in which you can type an unlimited amount of text. This box is mentioned in the "Layouts" section of this tutorial.The box expands to accommodate what you type. Hitting the <enter> key on the keyboard takes you to the next line of text. You can move a text box by clicking on the border (your cursor should be a 4points arrow) and dragging it to the desired position. You can also resize a text box using the sizing handles, the same way you resize an image.

  • Curve -this tool allows you to create free-drawn lines or curved vector-based objects. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Connectors -this tool allows you to connect graphics to create flow charts or diagrams.

  • Basic Shapes - this tool gives you the option to insert pre-designed shapes such as diamonds, pentagons and cylinders. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Symbol Shapes - this tool gives the option to insert pre-designed fun shapes such as hearts or happy faces. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Block Arrows -this tool allows you to insert block shapped arrows. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Flowcharts -this tool allows you to insert flowchart shapes. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Callouts -this tool allows you to insert callouts. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Stars- this tool allows you to insert different star shapes. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Points -this tool allows you to change the size of points on a vector-created image. Click on the image and then click on a handle box. Drag the handle box to a different location to edit the vector-based image.

  • Glue Points -this tool displays the points on a custom-drawn object. Click once on the object to select, then click on the glue point icon to display points on the object. The glue points can then selected and moved to alter the image.

  • Fontwork Gallery - this tool gives you some dramatic, pre-designed styles for formatting your text.

  • Insert Picture -this tool allows you insert pictures from file.

  • Gallery -this tool opens a gallery of images, sounds, bullets, web page icons, and rule dividers that can be inserted into a presentation for sound and graphic appeal.

  • Rotate -this tool allows you to rotate on an object by clicking on the object. When a circle handle appears, click on the circle and rotate the object by moving the mouse.

  • Alignment -this tool allows you to change the alignment of objects. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Arrange -this tool allows you to change the layering of objects. Objects can be moved backwards or brought forward. Note the drop down arrow on the right of the graphic that gives additional options.

  • Interaction -this tool allows you to add interactive effects at the click of a mouse.

  • Drop Menu -the final tool allows you to choose from additional tools that can be displayed on the bottom toolbar.

The following is an explanation of basic tools on the TOP Impress toolbar, from left to right.


  • Line- this tool allows you to change the width and style of lines. It can also be accessed by right-mouse clicking on an object.

  • Arrow Style -this tool allows you to change the direction and arrow head by clicking on a line or arrow that has been added to the presentation. It can also be accessed by right-mouse clicking on an object.

  • Line Style -this tool allows you to adjust the line format.

  • Line Width -this tool adjust the line width of objects.

  • Line Color -this tool allows you to change the line color of objects.

  • Area -this tool opens a window that gives you many options for changing the fill, color, gradient, and texture of a shape object.

  • Area Style/Filling -this tool is a two part tool. Select an option from the first window, such as gradient. Review the many choices for gradient in the second window and click on one to choose it.

  • Shadow tool -this tool applies a shadow.

 

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