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Now, if we take a closer look at the tool pallet over on the left, you will notice that it is divided up into several categories. The top section of our tool pallet is all selection tools followed by a drawing tool section and a modification section. Now, we have already taken a look at our screen modification tools, our magnifying hand tools. And right below those, we got a couple of color tools. These two tools are going to control the colors used by all the drawing set tools up here at the top.
As we select different tools in the tool set, you will also notice that this area down at the bottom, this is our options area and this will let us change the way that this tool is going to work and we have got different options for different tools.
Now, just to get a feel for how we are going to work with these tools, I am going to pick a pretty easy tool. I am going to pick the oval tool up here on the top. I am going to set up a couple of things so that we are all in the same page here. So I am going to go down to the options area for the oval tool and very importantly, I want to make sure that the object drawing is turned off. Now, this particular setting is a toggle setting so if you click it, you can see that there is an outline around it showing it in an on state, but we are going to turn it off right now. So, I will click it again.
Now with drawing mode off, we can just use the oval tool and we can use that pretty easily by going over here into the right section of our stage and I will just click and drag out an oval. Now as you can see, it came with three defined colors that correspond to or color selections over here on the side. Our top color selection is referred to as a stroke color and it is going to be the color of the outline of the outline of the shape that you draw. And of course, the bottom color has a little pink bucket icon and that is going to correspond to the fill section or the interior of the oval. Now, I can change those colors and that will affect any new objects that we draw with the tools. I can just click on the color chip and you see that I get an eye dropper tool, and I can go down through the color selection menu or swatches and pick out a color. I will switch the fill color to red and I will switch the stroke color to a bright blue here. And since I still have the oval tool selected, I could drag out a second oval.
Now, if I just draw another oval, you will see that this tool normally draws from one corner to another, but we can use some shortcut keys to modify the behavior of these tools. So, I still have the mouse button pressed down, I can hold down on the alt or option keys on the keyboard. So by using your alt or option keys, you can control anytime you are using these tools whether you are drawing from the center or from one corner to another.
Now, another key that is going to help us with this tool is the shift key. I am going to go down here. And since our theme is making robots, we should make a little goofy robot with our tools while we are at it. I am going to use the oval tool one more time. I am just going to change the fill color to maybe a dark blue and this time go for an outlined stroke that is a lighter color or maybe an orange here to match the top part. Now I wanted to show another key that you could use to modify how this tool is going to draw and that is the shift key. The shift key will allow you to constrain your drawing to—let’s say in this case, a perfect circle. I got my oval tool so I am going to start drawing with it so could see that I can draw squished ovals, tall ones. But if I hold the shift key down, I am only going to be able to draw perfect circles either up or down. Now, if I add the alt key to my selections, I am going to hold the shift and alt keys at the same time, you see that I get both behaviors. I get a drawing from the center out and I get it constraint to a perfect circle.
Now, let us try the same thing with the rectangle tool. Over in our tool pallet, you will notice that our oval tool has a little triangle on the lower right corner and that indicates