updated on 26 June 2022 | reading time: 2 minutes


Creating basic shapes

Click – Drag – Release

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 your mouse (while still holding your left mouse button) somewhere on the canvas.
  3. There will be an outline preview of the shape. Once you are satisfied with the placement and size of the new shape – release mouse button.

If you hold / SHIFT while dragging the Rectangle or Ellipse tool the result will be perfect square or circle. For the Polygon, Triangle or Star tools / SHIFT will constrain rotation to 15° for more predictable results.

If you hold / ALT while dragging the resulting shape will be created from the center out instead of from the top left corner.

create a rectangle


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


Tip: By default, after drawing any preset shape, Gravit Designer will revert to the Pointer tool to allow you to 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.