How to Draw an Oval Shape Graphically

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How to Draw an Oval Shape Graphically
Creating oval shaps can be done with a number of software programs. (Pink Candy image by Steve from Fotolia.com)

Everything from illustrations to furniture is composed of shapes. Desktop publishing and graphic design software enables you to create precise shapes quickly. Depending on the software you use, there are several ways to create oval shapes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

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    Create a new file by choosing "File," then "New."

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    Type or select your desired document size and click "OK."

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    Locate the toolbar or tools used in the software. These are normally are found under "Window" then "Tools," or under the "View" menu.

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    Create shapes in desktop publishing software by choosing "Insert," then "Picture," or "Shapes." From the "Autoshapes" category pick a circle or oval from the "Basic Shapes."

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    Click in the drawing board and drag the mouse diagonally until you get the desired size. Release the click.

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    Edit the oval by right-clicking on the shape, then choosing "Format." You can alter the colour, the outside stroke or add a pattern.

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    Hover the mouse over the "Marquee" tool (dashed square). Right-click and select "Elliptical Marquee Tool" (shape of a circle). This should give you a crosshairs when the mouse is moved to the document window.

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    Click in the drawing board and drag the mouse diagonally until you get the desired size. Release the click.

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    Fill in the shape you've drawn by going to the "Edit" menu and choosing "Fill."

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    Set the foreground and background colour (located near the bottom of the toolbar). This colour will automatically fill any shape you create.

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    Hover the mouse over the "Rectangle Tool" (grey square). Right-click and select "Ellipse Tool." This should give you a crosshairs when the mouse is moved to the document window. In CorelDraw, select the "Elliptical Flyout" tool.

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    Click in the drawing board and drag the mouse diagonally until you get the desired size. Release the click.

Tips and warnings

  • Click "Shift" as you drag to draw a perfectly proportionate circle.
  • Press "Alt" (or "Option" on a MAC) to draw a circle or oval using the crosshairs as the centre and drawing outward from that centre.
  • In Photoshop, check that the Options Toolbar ("Window" menu, then choose "Options") has the "Shape Layers" tool.
  • In Photoshop, to fill with gradient or pattern, go to "Layer," then "Change Layer Content."

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