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Learn Figma Basics, Part 6: Vector Shapes

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Shapes make up the majority of your layers in any given design.
You can choose from different forms of vector shapes in the shapes tool.

figma shapes tool

Or you can free draw shapes with the pen tool

figma pen tool

Shape editing:

You have the ability to modify shapes with the Edit Object tool.

figma edit tool

  • Select a shape layer and click the Edit Object tool to activate edit mode.
  • Click on a corner point of the shape and drag it, to modify its form.

figma shape

By selecting the edit Object in the toolbar, another set of tools appear in the toolbar.

figma shape

Add other corners points to your shape with the pen tool to create complex shapes.

figma shape

figma shape

Click done to quit the edit mode.

figma shape

Create a shape:

  • In the toolbar, select the rectangular shape

figma shape

  • Draw a rectangle of 400 x 300 PX on the canvas.

figma shape

  • To be more precise, adjust your shape size in the properties panel.

figma shape

Once you've drawn a shape, use the Edit Object button in the toolbar to quickly enter vector edit mode. You can also double-click, or use Enter.

figma shape

  • Select the right corner point of the rectangle and move it halfway to the top

figma shape

Bending vector shapes:

Now, I want to create a wavy form to the bottom of my shape. to be able to do it, I need to use the pen tool and the bend tool.

First, pick the pen tool in the toolbar.

figma shape

  • Now add a new point with the pen tool, right in the middle of the bottom side of your shape.

figma shape

  • Back to the toolbar, beside the pen tool, select the bend tool

figma shape

  • With the bend tool, click on the middle point that you've just created. You'll see an axis that crosses the middle point.

figma shape

  • Pick its right side and move it to the top slightly to form a wavy shape.

figma shape

-Click the done button on the toolbar to save.

figma shape

You’ve just created your first complex vector shape.

figma shape

Now you have everything you should know, about how to create and edit vector shapes in Figma.

Next, we will see how we can apply a color fill, effects, and stokes to our objects.

This post is a part of a series that cover the basics of designing with Figma.
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