Drawing Tools

CuteDraw offers a set of vector drawing tools that can rival a professional illustration program. Besides, it knows what makes a diagram different from a drawing, and helps you create amazing diagrams quickly and easily. Customizable Grid and Snap tool help position your shapes precisely. A number of Alignment, Distribution and Make Same tools will automate routine operations with multiple shapes. Unlimited number of layers is supported.

CuteDraw software is intended for professional flowcharting, diagramming and illustrating. Its flexible, handy drawing tools help quickly document a variety of complex structures, systems and processes.

In many cases a single picture speaks better than a thousand words. To document and explain complicated data, system or process, clear flowcharts or diagrams is one of the best ways to present them. Requiring little skills and efforts to create high-quality professional graphics CuteDraw will become your efficient assistant.

For the most part, you probably construct drawings in CuteDraw using shapes and connectors. CuteDraw also has built-in drawing tools that let you: (1) create freeform drawings; and (2) draw your own shapes.

The drawing tools found on the toolbar — and not on any menu. They draw straight and curved lines, circles and arcs, rectangles, and ellipses. Many of CuteDraw's drawing tools are dual-purpose. A different object is created, depending on how you move the mouse or hold down a key.

Display the Drawing toolbar

Set the default formatting for drawing lines

Draw a rectangle or square

Draw an ellipse or circle

Draw a line

Draw a sector

Draw an arc

Draw a curve

Draw a freehand curve

Draw a shape that has multiple segments

Display the Drawing toolbar

The Tools toolbar contain all the drawing tools you need to draw and edit your own shapes.

Drawing Tools

To show Tools toolbar, on View menu, move mouse to Toolbars, click Tools on pop menu.

Set the default formatting for drawing lines

Please read Set the default formatting for drawing lines.

Draw a rectangle or square

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Rectangle tool .

  2. Point to where you want a corner of the shape.

  3. Drag until the shape is the size you want.

    To draw square, drag the mouse to 45 degree direction from start point, the assistant line will appear and snap mouse, drag mouse along the assistant line until the size you want.

    Draw a rectangle or square

    Note Make sure Drawing adis option checked, otherwise the assistant line will never appear.

Draw an ellipse or circle

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Ellipse tool .

  2. Point to where you want to start drawing the shape.

  3. Drag until the shape is the size you want.

    To draw circle, drag the mouse to 45 degree direction from start point, the assistant line will appear and snap mouse, drag mouse along the assistant line until the size you want.

    Draw an ellipse or circle

    Note Make sure Drawing adis option checked, otherwise the assistant line will never appear.

Draw a line

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Line tool .

  2. Point to where you want to start the line.

  3. Drag to draw the line.

    Notes

    • To draw a polyline, continue drawing lines that touch each other.
    • To draw a polygon, draw touching lines that form a closed shape.
    • To draw horizontal or vertical straight line, drag the mouse near the direction, the assistant line will appear and snap mouse.

    Draw a line           Draw a line

Draw a sector

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Sector tool Sector drawing tool.

  2. Point to where you want to start the sector.

  3. Drag to draw the sector.

Draw an arc

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Arc tool Acr drawing tool.

  2. Point to where you want to start the arc.

  3. Drag to draw the arc.

Draw a curve

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Curve tool Curve drawing tool.

  2. Point to where you want to start the curve.

  3. Click and move the second point you want.

  4. Click and move the third point you want.

  5. Click and move the fourth point you want, and click.

Draw a freehand curve

  1. On the Tools toolbar, click the Freehand tool freeform drawing tool.

  2. Point to where you want to start the freehand curve.

  3. Drag to draw the freehand curve.

Draw a shape that has multiple segments

  1. On View menu, move mouse to Toolbars, click Tools on pop menu.

  2. Click one of the following tools:

    • Line tool line tool

    • Sector tool Sector tool

    • Arc tool Arc tool

    • Curve tool Curve tool

    • Freehand tool Freehand too

  3. To draw the first segment, point to where you want to start the shape, and then drag until the segment is the size you want.

  4. To draw the second segment, point to the endpoint (endpoint: Either of the square handles that appear at the beginning or end of a selected line, arc, or other one-dimensional shape.) of the first segment (the pointer will look like a plus sign), and then drag.

    After you draw the second segment, the shape displays vertices (vertex, vertices: One of the diamond-shaped handles that appears between two segments on a multiple-segment shape, or at the end of a segment. You can reshape a shape or connector by dragging its vertices.) instead of endpoints .

  5. To draw additional segments, point to the vertex at the end of the last segment you added, and then drag to draw the next segment.

  6. To close the shape, drag the endpoint of the last segment you create over the vertex at the beginning of the first segment.

    The shape becomes opaque, indicating it’s a closed shape (closed shape: A shape that is surrounded by a continuous outline, such as a rectangle or circle. You can fill a closed shape with a color or a pattern.).

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