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Add and edit shapes

The Shape tool in Pixelmator Pro offers a collection of custom vector shapes — rectangles, speech bubbles, arrows, and other graphics. Some of these shapes also have smart controls that you can use to quickly customize the shape; those shapes are called Smart Shapes. You can also customize the Tools sidebar to add some of the commonly used shapes (rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, polygon, star, or line) as separate tools.

Insert a shape
  1. Select the Shape tool by doing one of the following:
    • In the Tools sidebar, select the Shape tool .
    • Press U on your keyboard.
  2. Select a shape from the list of shapes at the top of the Tool Options pane.
  3. Click or drag on the canvas to add the selected shape. The more you drag, the bigger the shape will be drawn.

Tip: To switch from drawing to selecting shapes, hold down the Command ⌘ key on your keyboard.

Insert a commonly used shape

Commonly used shapes like the rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, polygon, star, or line can be used as separate tools and quickly added to the canvas from the Tools sidebar, Pixelmator Pro toolbar, or the menu at the top of the screen.

To insert a commonly used shape:

  • Select the shape in the Tools sidebar. If you can't see the shape, you can customize the customize the Tools sidebar to add it.
  • Choose Tools > Draw > Shape (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen) and pick one of the options there.
  • Choose Insert > Shape (from the Insert menu at the top of your screen) and pick one of the options there.
  • Click Add > Shape in the Pixelmator Pro toolbar and pick one of the options there.

Tip: To switch from drawing to selecting shapes, hold down the Command ⌘ key on your keyboard.

Customize the look of a Smart Shape

Smart Shapes have green handles that let you quickly customize the appearance of the shape, for example, by adjusting the corner radius of a rounded rectangle, the number of points in a star, or the shape of an arrowhead.

The Pixelmator Pro Smart Shapes are the Rounded Rectangle, Triangle, Polygon, Rhombus, Star, Double-Headed Arrow, Arrow from Point, Arrow, Elliptical Speech Bubble and Rectangular Speech Bubble. To customize a Smart Shape, simply drag one of its green handles.

Edit a shape

Once you add a shape to the canvas, the options for its customization will appear in the Tool Options pane. Here, you can change the shape size and color, add shadows or strokes.

There are several other ways you can edit shapes in Pixelmator Pro:

  • Use Arrange tool to move, resize, flip, or rotate the shape.
  • Use the Transform tool to freely transform the shape, stretch, skew, or change its perspective.
  • Make the shape editable and adjust individual anchor points of the shape.

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