Curve Objects

You can use a curve object to create paths and complex arched shapes.

To begin

  1. Select the Path Object tool    or click Object --> Shapes in the main menu, and select the shape you want to create (such as Spline or Path Shape).  In either case, you will see the following dialog box:

  1. Select the appropriate button - they are described later in this topic.

  2. Click on your page to set a start point and click again to set each new point.

  3. To end the path, click OK in the Path dialog box.

You can use the Vertex Editor to change the position of any point after it has been created.

The choices available in the Path dialog box are as follows:

Field/Control Description
Move

Draws discontinuous paths.

Line Draws lines.
Rect Draws rectangles.
Ellipse Draws ellipses.
Spline Draws splines. Click "Spline" and then click on the page to place a point. Two subsequent mouse clicks set control points that you can use to transform the curve. A fourth click is the end point, or the start of the next section of curve if you choose to continue.
Cancel Deletes the selected object and all its unshared resources from the project.

Open

Allows the drawing to stop at the last point you place.

Close

Joins the last point to the first point to make a closed shape.

OK

Finishes the drawing and closes the Path dialog box.

 

You can change the color and the thickness of curves using controls on the Outline Tab of the Geometry Editor. Use the Shading Editor to fill the curve with a flat or gradient fill color or a scaled, stretched, or tiled image.

You can create intricate spline drawings by applying extrude operations to curve objects. The types and patterns of designs you can create are limited only by your imagination.

The more complex the intricate design, the more demanding on your computer's resources. Be especially cautious when using the Copies slider to replicate curves.

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