updated on 05 August 2022 | reading time: 1 minute


Creating basic shapes

Clicking, dragging, and releasing

To create a basic shape on canvas:

  1. Select one of the shape tools from the toolbar (Line, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, Triangle or Star).
  2. Click and drag on the canvas.
  3. An outline preview of the shape displays. Release the mouse button to set the placement and size of the new shape.

If you hold down / SHIFT while dragging the Rectangle or Ellipse tool creates a perfect square or circle. For the Polygon, Triangle or Star tools / SHIFT constrains the rotation to 15°.

If you hold down / ALT while dragging, the resulting shape is created from the center out instead of from the top-left corner.

create a rectangle


Tip: If you want to move a shape while creating it, you can press the SPACEBAR and move the mouse pointer to the desired position.


Tip: By default, after drawing any preset shape, Corel Vector reverts to the Pointer tool so you can modify (resize, rotate, move) the shape after you have drawn it. If you want to draw multiple shapes one after another, hold down the shortcut key for that shape.