oval graphic item

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I am trying to draw an oval like the linked example. http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal

If I use the Graphic item and draw a rectangle, then go to the Inspector, and down to Shape, I can radius the corners by x pixels, but this only draws a radius to a certain extent, it won’t totally round the left and right sides of a rectangular box like the example. Is there a way to do this? I need the finished product as one complete unit because I want to do a gradient fill in it, so doing a rectangle with two circles on the left and right sides to arrive at the shape won’t work, if that makes sense. I’m using Freeway Express.

Chris


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If you look in the Style tab of the Inspector while your item is selected, you will see a Shape segment near or at the bottom. Change the shape from rectangle to oval, and you will be able to free-form drag the object to the shape you like by dragging the sides and corners. If you want to start out by drawing an oval, simply choose the oval tool from the toolbar or tools palette and draw with that.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 10:19 AM, Chris wrote:

Group:

I am trying to draw an oval like the linked example. http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal

If I use the Graphic item and draw a rectangle, then go to the Inspector, and down to Shape, I can radius the corners by x pixels, but this only draws a radius to a certain extent, it won’t totally round the left and right sides of a rectangular box like the example. Is there a way to do this? I need the finished product as one complete unit because I want to do a gradient fill in it, so doing a rectangle with two circles on the left and right sides to arrive at the shape won’t work, if that makes sense. I’m using Freeway Express.

Chris

http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal


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Thanks Walter.

If I try that all sides still remain curved, however. I want the top and bottom sides straight, like the link below.

Chris

On Dec 11, 2013, at 9:49 , Walter Lee Davis wrote:

If you look in the Style tab of the Inspector while your item is selected, you will see a Shape segment near or at the bottom. Change the shape from rectangle to oval, and you will be able to free-form drag the object to the shape you like by dragging the sides and corners. If you want to start out by drawing an oval, simply choose the oval tool from the toolbar or tools palette and draw with that.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 10:19 AM, Chris wrote:

Group:

I am trying to draw an oval like the linked example. http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal

If I use the Graphic item and draw a rectangle, then go to the Inspector, and down to Shape, I can radius the corners by x pixels, but this only draws a radius to a certain extent, it won’t totally round the left and right sides of a rectangular box like the example. Is there a way to do this? I need the finished product as one complete unit because I want to do a gradient fill in it, so doing a rectangle with two circles on the left and right sides to arrive at the shape won’t work, if that makes sense. I’m using Freeway Express.

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http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal


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Oh, sorry. If you want to make a round-rect with some of the corners square, simply do this:

  1. Draw a rectangle with the Graphic Item tool.
  2. Set the corner radius to your desired radius.
  3. Look carefully at the center of the corner radius, where you will see a little hollow circle. Hover your mouse over it.
  4. When the mouse cursor becomes a hollow, tail-less arrow head, click and drag toward the outer corner point of the rectangle. The radius will decrease until it becomes 0, and your corner will be square. The radius setting in the Inspector will change to “—” meaning “indeterminate”.

You can also use this trick to make one corner a deeper radius than the others, if you like.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 12:01 PM, EZ Rhino wrote:

Thanks Walter.

If I try that all sides still remain curved, however. I want the top and bottom sides straight, like the link below.

Chris

On Dec 11, 2013, at 9:49 , Walter Lee Davis wrote:

If you look in the Style tab of the Inspector while your item is selected, you will see a Shape segment near or at the bottom. Change the shape from rectangle to oval, and you will be able to free-form drag the object to the shape you like by dragging the sides and corners. If you want to start out by drawing an oval, simply choose the oval tool from the toolbar or tools palette and draw with that.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 10:19 AM, Chris wrote:

Group:

I am trying to draw an oval like the linked example. http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal

If I use the Graphic item and draw a rectangle, then go to the Inspector, and down to Shape, I can radius the corners by x pixels, but this only draws a radius to a certain extent, it won’t totally round the left and right sides of a rectangular box like the example. Is there a way to do this? I need the finished product as one complete unit because I want to do a gradient fill in it, so doing a rectangle with two circles on the left and right sides to arrive at the shape won’t work, if that makes sense. I’m using Freeway Express.

Chris

http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal


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Hi Walter,

Yes this is what I have tried previously, but it still is not capable of creating a complete radius of one side of a rectangle without a flat spot. Another way of describing it is that it won’t allow enough of a radius so that both rounded corners become the same. Even iWeb does this easily, I’m surprised that FE doesn’t. I guess I am going to need to resort to another graphics program to do this and import it into FE.

Chris

From: Walter Lee Davis email@hidden
Date: December 11, 2013 10:06:16 AM MST
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Subject: Re: oval graphic item
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Oh, sorry. If you want to make a round-rect with some of the corners square, simply do this:

  1. Draw a rectangle with the Graphic Item tool.
  2. Set the corner radius to your desired radius.
  3. Look carefully at the center of the corner radius, where you will see a little hollow circle. Hover your mouse over it.
  4. When the mouse cursor becomes a hollow, tail-less arrow head, click and drag toward the outer corner point of the rectangle. The radius will decrease until it becomes 0, and your corner will be square. The radius setting in the Inspector will change to “—” meaning “indeterminate”.

You can also use this trick to make one corner a deeper radius than the others, if you like.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 12:01 PM, EZ Rhino wrote:

Thanks Walter.

If I try that all sides still remain curved, however. I want the top and bottom sides straight, like the link below.

Chris

On Dec 11, 2013, at 9:49 , Walter Lee Davis wrote:

If you look in the Style tab of the Inspector while your item is selected, you will see a Shape segment near or at the bottom. Change the shape from rectangle to oval, and you will be able to free-form drag the object to the shape you like by dragging the sides and corners. If you want to start out by drawing an oval, simply choose the oval tool from the toolbar or tools palette and draw with that.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 10:19 AM, Chris wrote:

Group:

I am trying to draw an oval like the linked example. http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal

If I use the Graphic item and draw a rectangle, then go to the Inspector, and down to Shape, I can radius the corners by x pixels, but this only draws a radius to a certain extent, it won’t totally round the left and right sides of a rectangular box like the example. Is there a way to do this? I need the finished product as one complete unit because I want to do a gradient fill in it, so doing a rectangle with two circles on the left and right sides to arrive at the shape won’t work, if that makes sense. I’m using Freeway Express.

Chris

http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal


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I may be missing something here but I used the Graphic Path tool

http://www.deltadesign.co/FW6Test/graphic-oval.html

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I think I see what you’re saying here. It may be an optical illusion. I drew a rectangle, gave it an inside border of 10px, gave it a corner radius, then dragged the handles toward the center of the box until the radius would go no further. And it does look like the box is wavy or flattened at the ends or something. On the other hand, if I draw an HTML box, give it a 10px (CSS) border, then add the CSS to round the corners, I can make the shape you describe just by putting enough radius on it to equal half the height of the box plus the width of the border. Try doing this in HTML, using my CSS3 Corners Action to add the curve.

Walter

On Dec 12, 2013, at 12:02 AM, EZ Rhino wrote:

Hi Walter,

Yes this is what I have tried previously, but it still is not capable of creating a complete radius of one side of a rectangle without a flat spot. Another way of describing it is that it won’t allow enough of a radius so that both rounded corners become the same. Even iWeb does this easily, I’m surprised that FE doesn’t. I guess I am going to need to resort to another graphics program to do this and import it into FE.

Chris

From: Walter Lee Davis email@hidden
Date: December 11, 2013 10:06:16 AM MST
To: email@hidden
Subject: Re: oval graphic item
Reply-To: email@hidden

Oh, sorry. If you want to make a round-rect with some of the corners square, simply do this:

  1. Draw a rectangle with the Graphic Item tool.
  2. Set the corner radius to your desired radius.
  3. Look carefully at the center of the corner radius, where you will see a little hollow circle. Hover your mouse over it.
  4. When the mouse cursor becomes a hollow, tail-less arrow head, click and drag toward the outer corner point of the rectangle. The radius will decrease until it becomes 0, and your corner will be square. The radius setting in the Inspector will change to “—” meaning “indeterminate”.

You can also use this trick to make one corner a deeper radius than the others, if you like.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 12:01 PM, EZ Rhino wrote:

Thanks Walter.

If I try that all sides still remain curved, however. I want the top and bottom sides straight, like the link below.

Chris

On Dec 11, 2013, at 9:49 , Walter Lee Davis wrote:

If you look in the Style tab of the Inspector while your item is selected, you will see a Shape segment near or at the bottom. Change the shape from rectangle to oval, and you will be able to free-form drag the object to the shape you like by dragging the sides and corners. If you want to start out by drawing an oval, simply choose the oval tool from the toolbar or tools palette and draw with that.

Walter

On Dec 11, 2013, at 10:19 AM, Chris wrote:

Group:

I am trying to draw an oval like the linked example. http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal

If I use the Graphic item and draw a rectangle, then go to the Inspector, and down to Shape, I can radius the corners by x pixels, but this only draws a radius to a certain extent, it won’t totally round the left and right sides of a rectangular box like the example. Is there a way to do this? I need the finished product as one complete unit because I want to do a gradient fill in it, so doing a rectangle with two circles on the left and right sides to arrive at the shape won’t work, if that makes sense. I’m using Freeway Express.

Chris

http://www.trackdecals.com/products/autodromo-hermanos-rodriguez-oval-circuit-decal


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