CuteDraw 2.0 Help System

Lines and Line Ends

Change formatting for a line in CuteDraw

Set the default formatting for drawing lines

Set line fills

Change formatting for a line in CuteDraw

  1. Select a shape or multiple shapes.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Line, and then select the options you want:

    • Patterns  Select one of the 23 available line patterns; including solid, dotted, dashed, and various mixed patterns.

       

    • Weight  Select one of the six available line thicknesses, or click More Line Weights and in the Custom Line Weight box, enter the custom line weight in points. For example, enter 12 pt. for a line thickness of a quarter inch. (A point is a traditional measure used by typesetters and is equal to 1/72 of an inch.)

       

    • Cap  Select one of the four available options for the end of a line: Round, Triangle, Square, Flat. Line caps are obvious only on lines with a thick line weight.

       

    • Ends (Begin and End)  Select one of the 47 available ways to draw the ends of lines; including arrow heads, slashes, and boxes. You can add line ends to the beginning point, ending point, or both.

      Note  The distinction between line caps and line ends is that line caps are the way the ends of the line are rendered, where line ends are additional lines added to the shape.

       

    • Ends' size (Begin size and End size) Select one of the seven available size,  or click Custom Size and in Custom Arrow Size box, enter the custom arrow size. For example, enter 12.Default size is medium.

       

    • Transparency Set the Transparency slider to the percentage of transparency you want. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0 (fully opaque, the default) to 100% (fully transparent).

     

    • Fills Click Color to select one of the five available line fill mode: No Line, Solid Line (More Lines Color), Gradient Line, Pattern Line and Texture Line.

      Read Also Set line fills

       

    • Color Click Color to select the colors you want according to the line fill mode.

  3. Click OK.

Notes

  • In the Preview box, you can see how the options you selected will look.

  • To set line formatting before you start drawing lines, make sure that nothing is selected in your drawing, and then open the Formatting shapes dialog box from the Shape menu. The options you select will apply to every new line you create. When you close and reopen CuteDraw again, the line formatting reverts to the default settings.

  • If the line is part of a shape that is protected against selection or formatting changes, is on a locked layer, or is in a drawing that has Style Lock enabled, you must remove the protection before making changes. See the help topics: Prevent or allow changes to shapes, Change formatting of the shapes on the locked layer.

  • Line Ends and Cap will not be applied to the closed shapes (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.).

Set the default formatting for drawing lines

  1. Click in any blank area of the page to make sure that nothing is selected.

  2. Repeat the procedures described in Change formatting for a line in CuteDraw.

    When you drag a new shape from library or draw a new shape by using one of the following drawing tools, the new default formatting is applied to the shape:

    • Text tool 

    • Text Block tool

    • Rectangle tool

    • Ellipse tool

    • Line tool

    • Arc tool

    • Sector tool

    • Curve tool

    • Freehand tool

Notes

  • In the Preview box, you can see how the options you selected will look.

  • When you close and reopen CuteDraw again, the line formatting reverts to the default settings.

  • You can also change the default line formatting via use Style Pane. Read Also Change the page default style

Set line fills

  1. Select a shape or multiple shapes.

  2. On the Shape menu, click Line, and then click Color on the Formatting shapes dialog box. Or you can click Line Color on Format toolbar.

  3. Select one of the five available line fill mode: No Line, Solid Line (More Lines Color), Gradient Line, Pattern Line and Texture Line.

    • No Line

      The line of shape will be in visible.

    • Solid Line

      Select one color you want from the 60 predefined colors, or click More Colors and in Color dialog box select the color you want or mix the color in Custom box.

    • Gradient Line

      In Gradient table on the Fill Effect dialog box, select the option you want:

      Single color Select one of 60 predefined colors, or click More Colors and in Color dialog box select the color you want or mix the color in Custom box. And set the Lightness slider to the percentage of lightness you want.

      Double color Select the foreground color and background color in the color box.

      Custom define Select the one of 60 predefined gradient schemes.

      Style Select one of the 28 gradient style.

    • Pattern Line

      Select one of the 53 fill patterns. And select the  foreground color and background color you want in the color box.

    • Texture Line

      Click the Texture in Fill Effect dialog box, if the texture box is not shown.

      Select one of the 48 texture images, or click Other Images to load the image you want to fill the line.

  4. Click OK.

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