Customizing a Shapes Border

Shape Border Thickness

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To change the border thickness on a Shape, select the Shape.

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Click on the Shape Style page that becomes visible when a Shape is selected.

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Click the Border item to display different thicknesses available.

Click the appropriate thickness to apply to the selected Shape.

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Shape Stroke Type

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To change a Shapes stroke type, select the Shape.

Click on the Border item drop down list.

Click the Stroke Type item drop down list.

Select the appropriate Stroke type from the list.

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Shape Border Color

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To change the border color of a Shape, click on the Shape.

Click the Border item drop down list.

Click the Stroke Color drop down list.

Select the color you would like to apply to the Shape’s border.

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Add a Soft Edge Effect

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To create a soft edge effect, click the Shape.

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Click the Edges drop down item.

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Select the type of softness you would like to apply.

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Creating a Background Glow

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To add a background Glow to your Shape, select the Shape.

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Click the Glow item drop down list

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Select the glow you would like to apply to the Shape.

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Adding a Shadow

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To add a shadow, select the Shape.

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Under the Style page, click the Shadow item.

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Click the type of Shadow you would like to add.

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Setting a Background Color

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To set the background color for a Shape, select the Shape.

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Under the Styles page, click on the Fill item.

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Select the color to change the Shapes background color.

Selecting a Style

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To set a specific style to a Shape, select the Shape.

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Once a Shape is selected, the Style page will be shown.

Click the Style page.

Under the Styles group, select the Style you would like to add to the Shape.

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The selected Shape will take on the Style that was selected.

Grouping and Ungrouping Shapes

Grouping Items

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Grouping items allows you to move everything grouped together as one unit.

To group multple shapes together, select all do the shapes that will belong to the group.

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Click the Group button.

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All items have been added to a group.

Ungrouping items

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To Ungroup items, click the group you would like to break up.

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Click the Ungroup item.

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Grouping and Ungrouping can also be attained by using the edit dialog.

Creating Overlaps

Bring Forward

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You can overlap shapes within the Diagram.

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To arrange a shape to be in front of another shape, select the shape and click the Bring to Front or Bring Forward items.

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Send Backward

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To arrange a shape to be in back of another shape, select the shape and click the Send to Back or Send Backward items.

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You can also set the order by clicking the icon next to the selected shape.

Click the Arrange tab and select the appropriate button.

Setting Shape Alignments

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You can align shapes based on other shapes.

To align multiple shapes together, select both shapes.

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Click the Align drop down menu and select the appropriate alignment type.

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When selecting both shapes, you can also click the icon to the right to bring up a editing dialog.

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When selecting both shapes, you can click the icon

Click the Arrange tab and select the appropriate alignment on the buttom.

Rotating Shapes

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You can rotate shapes clockwise or counter clockwise.

Click on the shap you want to rotate.

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Select from Clockwise or Counter Clockwise.

The rotation will be in 90 degree increments.

Rotate by Hand

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You can rotate a shape by hand when selecting the shape and dragging the Rotation icon.