Freehand shapes

Freehand shapes are multi-functional features in Visual Paradigm. With freehand shapes, you can not only draw various kinds of shapes, but also insert an annotation. If you want to stress an important message with visual effect, you may use word art rather than using a note or a callout because you can reshape the text in word art but not in a note or a callout. Moreover, the shapes in freehand are flexible that you can twist them freely, but you can only resize a note or a callout.

Freehand toolbar interface
Freehand toolbar interface

Summary of freehand shapes

Shape Type Sample
 Pencil Pencil
 Pen Pen
 Calligraphic Tool
 Connector Connector
 Line Line
 Label Line Label Line
 Path Rectangle
 Rectangle
 Round Rectangle
Round Rectangle 2
 Diamond
 Parallelogram
 Trapezoid
 Isosceles Trapezoid
 Path Ellipse
 Ellipse
 Arc
 Chord
 Pie
 Regular Polygon
 Isosceles Triangle
 Hexagon
 Arrow
 Two Head Arrow
 Spiral
 Text
 Word Art
Summary of freehand shape

Drawing free style path with pencil

  1. Press on the empty space on diagram pane and drag to form the outline.
    Drawing with pencil
  2. Release the mouse and new freehand shape will then be created.

Activating the fine editing selector

Fine editing selector shows a second later after the freehand shape is being selected. To show it immediately, press keyboard 'N' key.

Press on a yellow selector for selecting and the selected selector will turn into orange. More fine editing selectors will appear for curve adjustment.

Selected fine editing selector

Drawing curve with pen

  1. Click on empty space on diagram pane and drag it to create the first stroke.
    Straight line created
    Straight line created
  2. To create a curve, press and move the mouse. The indication line will appear. Release the mouse button when finishing editing. On the other hand, the last stroke can be cancelled by right clicking on the diagram.
    Creating curve
    Creating curve
  3. To confirm editing of the freehand shape, double click on diagram and a new freehand shape will be created. If the point returns to the starting point, it will form a closed path.
    A closed path
    A close path

Drawing calligraphic path with calligraphic tool

  1. Press on the diagram and drag to form the outline of shape. Release the mouse to create the shape.
    Freehand shape created
  2. By combining several other calligraphic shapes, you can create a complete diagram.
    Calligraphy example
    Calligraphy example

Draw straight and curve line with connector

  1. Press on a source shape and drag it to the destination shape.
    Connecting shapes
    Connecting shapes
  2. Release the mouse and a new connector will be created between them.
    Line created
    A line is created

Bend a straight connector into a curve

  1. Press on a straight connector.
    Clicking on straight line
    Clicking on straight line
  2. Bend it to your preferred direction and it will become a curve connector.
    A curve connector
    A curve connector

Split a straight connector

  1. Press the Ctrl key.
  2. Click on the specified location to split. A new point at where you have clicked will turn into orange.
    Splitting line
    Splitting line
  3. Drag on that point to split the line.
    Moving mid point
    Moving mid point

Drawing straight and curved line

  1. Press on the diagram pane and drag to form the outline.
  2. Release the mouse button and a straight line will be created.
    Line created
    Line created

Bend a straight line into a curve

  1. Select a straight line for a second to wait for the fine editing selectors popping out.
    Showing fine editing selector
    Showing fine editing selector
  2. Press on the straight line. Drag it to bend into your preferred direction.
    Draging line as curve
    Dragging line as curve

Split straight line

  1. Press the Ctrl key.
  2. Click on the specified location to split. A new point at where you have clicked will turn into orange.
    Splitting line
    Splitting line
  3. Drag on that point to split the line.
    Moving mid point
    Moving mid point

Drawing labelled line

  1. Press on the diagram and starting dragging to form its outline.
  2. Release the mouse button to create the labelled line.
    Freehand shape created
    Freehand shape created
  3. Double click on the line. Enter the name for the line.
  4. Press Enter to confirm editing.
    Label Line
    Label Line
  5. You may drag the yellow selector to modify the line's outline.

Drawing rectangle

Click on the diagram to create a rectangle.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing path rectangle

Click on the diagram to create a path rectangle.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

What's the difference between rectangle and path rectangle?

Path rectangle is formed by path, which enables you to freely reshape it, while rectangle always keeps shape as a rectangle.

Drawing rounded rectangle

Click on the diagram to create a rounded rectangle.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing rounded rectangle 2

Click on the diagram to create a rounded rectangle 2.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

What's the difference between rounded rectangle and rounded rectangle 2?

Rounded rectangle uses a single control point to control the deepness of corner, which ensures that the four corners remain consistent while rounded rectangle 2 uses two points to control the deepness of corner, which can produce irregular corners.

Drawing diamond

Click on the diagram to create a diamond shape.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing parallelogram

Click on the diagram to create a parallelogram shape.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing trapezoid

  1. Click on the diagram to create a trapezoid shape.
  2. You can adjust the slope by dragging the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other trapezoid outline
    Other trapezoid outline

Drawing isosceles trapezoid

  1. Click on the diagram to create an isosceles trapezoid shape.
  2. You can reshape the Isosceles Trapezoid by dragging the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other isosceles trapezoid outline
    Other isosceles trapezoid outline

Drawing ellipse

Click on the diagram to create an ellipse shape.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing path ellipse

Click on the diagram to create a path ellipse shape.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

What's the difference between ellipse and path ellipse?

Path ellipse is formed by path, which enables you to freely reshape it while ellipse always keeps shape as an oval.

Drawing arc

  1. Click on the diagram to create an arc shape.
  2. You can extend the line by dragging on the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other arc outline
     Other arc outline

Drawing chord

  1. Click on the diagram to create a chord shape.
  2. You can extend the arc of chord by dragging on the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other Chord outline
    Other Chord outline

Drawing pie

  1. Click on the diagram to create a pie shape.
  2. You can extend the arc of pie by dragging on the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other pie outline
    Other pie outline

Drawing hexagon

Click on the diagram to create a hexagon shape.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing regular polygon

  1. Click on the diagram to create a regular polygon shape.
  2. You can modify the outline of shape by dragging the fine editor selectors in yellow.
    Other Regular Polygon outline
    Other regular polygon outline

Drawing isosceles triangle

Click on the diagram to create an isosceles triangle shape.

Freehand shape created
Freehand shape created

Drawing single head arrow

  1. Click on the diagram to create an arrow shape.
  2. You can reshape it by dragging the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other Arrow Outline
    Other Arrow Outline

Drawing two head arrow

  1. Click on the diagram to create a two head arrow shape.
  2. You can reshape it by dragging the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other two head arrow outline
    Other two head arrow outline

Drawing spiral

  1. Click on the diagram to create a spiral shape.
  2. You can reshape it by dragging the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Other Spiral outline
    Other Spiral outline

Inserting text

  1. Click on the diagram to create a text shape, and input the text. You can press Enter to insert line break.
    Input the text in text shape
    Input the text in text shape
  2. You can click Ctrl while pressing Enter to confirm editing.

Inserting word art

  1. Click on the diagram to create a word art shape, and input the text. You can press Enter to insert line break.
  2. You can click Ctrl while pressing Enter to confirm editor.
    Freehand shape created
    Freehand shape created
  3. You can reshape it by dragging the fine editing selectors in yellow.
    Editing Word Art
    Editing word art

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