How to work with diagram smart shapes

How to work with diagram smart shapes in MyDraw

MyDraw comes with many smart shapes to help your diagram authoring experience. Smart shapes have additional controls that allow you to quickly change various aspects of the looks of the shape and adjust it to your preferences.

Below you will find some examples of smart shapes and tips on working with them.

1. Rounded Rectangle Smart Shape

The smart rounded rectangle has a control handle which is presented by a small yellow dot. You can drag the dot to adjust the degrees of roundness on the corners of the rectangle.

Rounded Corner Rectangle

2. Cross Smart Shape

The cross smart shape comes with two control handles, allowing you to drag and modify each side of the cross. By default those handles are yellow. When selected two or more crosses the color of those handles of the Anchor (main) shape changes to blue as you can see in the image below.

Smart Cross Shapes

3. Three-D Box Smart Shape

The 3D box smart shapes are created by combining 3 plates, each of which has its fill color and outline properties. If you'd like to change the color of a specific plate you need to click it twice, with a small pause between clicks (instead of the typical double-click). The first click is to select the group of shapes (the 3D box is exactly that - a group of shapes, combined), and a second time to select the specific plate you will be working with.

To change the depth and direction of the box you only need to hold the control handle (little yellow dot) and drag it in the desired direction.

Smart 3DBoxes

4. Curved Arrow Smart Shape

The curved arrow smart shape is an arrow that you can curve in various ways as you can see on the image here. It has two control handles. The first one, closer to the beginning of the arrow controls the type of corner you make (wider or sharper). The second control handle, located at the end of the arrow, controls the arrow's length and direction.

Smart Arrow Shapes

5. Arrow Box Smart Shape

The arrow box is another smart shape with 2 control handles, one of which controls the size of the main box and the second one controls the width of the arrow. As you can see on the image here this allows you to create a large variety of shapes just by adjusting the control handles.

Smart Arrow Box Shape

6. Concentric Circle Smart Shape

The concentric circle also comes with two control handles - one responsible for the diameter of the inner circle and one - for the position and rotation of the text, added to the shape.

Concentric Circle Smart Shape

7. Parenthesis, Braces and Four Point Star Smart Shapes

As you see in the image here, the parenthesis, braces and the four-point star are also smart shapes that can be adjusted through the control handles.

The four-point star shape can change its looks completely when the control shape is dragged, allowing the shape to look like two crossed lines or a square.

Smart Shapes Brackets

8. Can Smart Shape

The Can smart shape is a 3D-looking shape, created by 2 plates and easily modified by one control handle only. This control handle changes the aspect of the top plate.

To modify the fill color, stroke, and other visual aspects of the shapes, right-click and go to Group Properties --> Shapes --> Each Shapes Appearance tab.

Smart Shapes Can

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