#535 – Drawing Symmetrical Shapes in Blend

Using the Shape Tool in Blend, you can draw a RectangleEllipse or Line by left-clicking and dragging with the mouse.

If you hold the Shift key down while dragging with the mouse, you will be constrained to drawing symmetrical shapes–squares (symmetrical rectangle) or circles (symmetrical ellipse).

If you hold the Shift key down while drawing a Line, you’ll be limited to drawing lines at multiples of 15 degrees.  This makes it easier to draw lines at common angles.

If you hold down the ALT key while drawing any of these shapes, your starting mouse position will be used as the center point of the shape, rather than one corner.

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#534 – Drawing Shapes with the Shape Tools in Blend

There are three shape tools in the Tools Panel in Blend that will let you draw shapes on your user interface.  They share an icon on the Tools Panel, so you can see them all by clicking and holding the left button down.

These tools allow you to draw the following elements:

  • System.Windows.Shapes.Rectangle
  • System.Windows.Shapes.Ellipse
  • System.Windows.Shapes.Path  (a path with a single line segment)

With a shape tool enabled, you can draw directly on the artboard with your mouse.

	<Canvas>
		<Ellipse Fill="#FFF4F4F5" Height="63" Canvas.Left="84" Stroke="Black" Canvas.Top="119" Width="133"/>
	</Canvas>