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CyberLink PhotoDirector Help

The shape tool lets you add shapes on your photo creation.

Note: if you try to add a shape onto a photo layer, CyberLink PhotoDirector automatically creates a new layer in the Layer Manager.

To use the shape tool, do this:

Note: once you add a shape on the editing canvas, you can use the Pick and Move Tool to move, resize, or rotate it.

1.In the Edit window, click on the button on the right side of the window to open the Shape panel. Please note that the shape on this button changes, based on the last shape added.

2.From the Select shape drop-down, select one of the available shapes. You can draw a Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, or Star.

Note: when adding shapes to a layer, you can use grid lines for precise placement and alignment.

3.Set the shape tool options as required. See the relevant Shape Tool Options description below for more details.

4.Set the shape mode as required. See Shape Mode for more details.

5.Click on the Color square to set the color of the shape. You can select one of the basic colors or enter the color's HSB, RGB, or hex (#) color code in the fields provided. You can also hover your mouse over the background photo to select a specific color with the eye dropper. Once you set the color, click OK to close the Color Picker window.

6.Click and drag on the editing canvas to create a custom sized shape as required.

Note: when adding rectangles or ellipses you can just click on the editing canvas to create a shape with the specified Width and Height.

Merging Shapes

After adding two or more shapes, you can merge the shape layers together if required. To merge two or more shapes, do this:

1.Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and then select all the shape layers in the Layer Manager you want to merge.

2.Right click in the Layer Manager, and then select Merge > Merge Shapes.

Note: once merged, the colors of the shapes will be changed to the same color.

Once merged, click the button to use your mouse to click and move each individual shape within the single shape layer.

Shape Tool Options

Depending on the type of shape you select, the shape tools vary.

Rectangle

When creating rectangles, the following shape tool options are available:

Width, Height: indicates the size in pixels of created rectangles. You can also manually enter a custom rectangle size in these fields, and then just click on the editing canvas to create one that size.

Round corners: when enabled, the created rectangles have round corners. In the Radius field enter the radius of the round corners. The higher the number, the more circle like your rectangle will become.

From center: when enabled, the rectangle is created from the center out when you click and drag your mouse on the editing canvas.

Ellipse

Width, Height: indicates the size in pixels of created ellipses. You can also manually enter a custom ellipse size in these fields, and then just click on the editing canvas to create one that size.

From center: when enabled, the ellipse is created from the center out when you click and drag your mouse on the editing canvas.

Polygon

Sides: enter in how many sides you want the created polygons to have. It must be a number between 3 and 100.

Star

Points: select how many points you want the created star to have. It must be a number between 3 and 100.

Indent: indicates the depth of the indents between the points of the star. For example, an indent of 50% will be half the size of the created star.

Shape Mode

Before creating the shape, be sure to select one of the following shape modes:

- when selected, the new shape is added to its own layer in the Layer Manager.

- when selected, you can add a new shape to a selected shape layer. Use this to add more than one shape to a selected layer.

- when selected, you can subtract from an existing shape on a selected shape layer. Use this to make a transparent shape that reveals part of the background photo.

- when selected, you can draw two shapes, and only the area that intersects is colored in on the shape layer.

- when selected, you can draw two shapes, and the area that intersects is transparent in the shape layer.