How to add lines & shapes

This article explains how to add shapes and lines in the Canvas mood board and design presentations.

Canvas Toolbar

  • From your Canvas dashboard, either select one of your Canvas boards or click on + New Canvas.

  • At the top is your toolbar is where you can access main functions quickly.

  • Click on the Pen icon and select either Polyline, Rectangle or Ellipse. As a shortcut, you can type P to draw a straight polyline, R to draw rectangles or E to draw a Ellipse.

Drawing a Polyline

  • Select either Polyline from the toolbar or type P and click on the area of your Canvas where you want to start your polyline.

  • Holding down the shift key while drawing your polyline constrains the angle of the line you're creating and will allow you to draw a straight line in the direction you drag your cursor.

  • Clicking your left mouse key will create a connected anchor point, while hitting enter will end the polyline.

  • To select your polyline, either click on the line or hold your left mouse and drag-select.

Drawing a Freeform Shape with Polylines

  • Select either Polyline from the toolbar or type P and click on the area of your Canvas where you want to start your polyline.

  • With each mouse click, an anchor point is placed. To close your shape, click on your first anchor point.

Drawing a Rectangle

  • Select Rectangle from the toolbar or type R and click on the area of your Canvas where you'd like to place your shape.

  • Hold the left mouse key and drag to create your rectangle. Let go of your mouse key when you're done.

Drawing an Ellipse

  • Select Ellipse from the toolbar or type E and click on the area of your Canvas where you'd like to place your shape.

  • Hold the left mouse key and drag to create your ellipse. Holding the shift key while dragging will create a perfect circle. Let go of your mouse key when you're done.

Resizing your Shape

  • Click on your shape and hover along the corners or edges until the shape arrows are activated. Hold down your left mouse key and drag to resize.

  • To resize with a fixed aspect ratio, hold down both your shift key and left mouse key and drag to resize.

Formatting Polylines and Shapes

  • There are formatting options available for your polyline or shape. Left mouse click and then drag-select to select your polyline or click on your shape to select your shape.

  • When selected, the formatting icons will appear below your shape. You have the option to set fill style or set stroke style.

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