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How to Draw a Perfect Circle, Square or Straight Line in Silhouette Studio

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Silhouette Studio has a couple of drawing options - circles, squares, rectangles, and lines.  But just because you can click on the 'Draw an Eclipse' Tool doesn't mean you'll get a perfectly round circle.   But I have a cool trick that will guarantee you get a perfectly symmetrical shape every.single.time.


You can see in this example that while the circle looks round, the ruler reveals it's actually not perfectly round.

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If you want a symmetrical circle here's a little trick...hold down the SHIFT key while using your mouse to draw the circle.  The circle will be drawn perfectly.

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The same goes for the 'Draw a Square' and 'Draw a Rounded Rectangle' tool. Of course, keep in mind, the 'rounded rectangle' will actually be a rounded square because all sides are kept proportional.

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To make a perfectly horizontal or vertical line you can also hold down the SHIFT key while drawing the line.  That means you avoid the deceivingly straight lines that are actually a few degrees off straight.

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The line will only snap straight at 45 degrees or 90 degrees.

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Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!


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  4. Any ideas for if my shift key suddenly stopped working for this? I've restarted, updated to newest version, etc. It isn't working for perfect shapes or for selecting multiple items at a time.

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    1. Same here, Lyndsy. Shift no longer works!

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    2. Hi, have you discovered why it is not working or did you get to solve the problem somehow? I have the same problem and have no idea what to do... it is sooooo annoying....
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