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How to use the Shapes tool in Kami
How to use the Shapes tool in Kami

Learn about the Shapes tool and how it works.

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What is the Shapes tool?

The Shapes tool lets you insert different shapes and customize them by size, Stroke Thickness, Stroke Type, Color, and Transparency. With the Shapes tool, you can create:

  • Rectangles and squares

  • Ellipses and circles

  • Triangles

  • Lines

  • Polygons (Beta)

How to use the Shapes tool

  1. In your toolbar, select Shapes.

  2. Select the shape you want to create.

  3. Modify the Stroke Thickness, Stroke Type, Transparency, and Color if needed.

  4. Click and hold anywhere on the page to draw the shape.

If you’re using a touch screen, you can start drawing the shape freely as your finger or stylus touches the screen.

To modify the shape you’ve drawn, just click on the shape and start customizing, or use the Select tool from the toolbar.

How do the controls in the Shapes tool work?

  • Stroke Thickness: Changes your stroke weight.

  • Stroke Type: Choose between straight or dotted strokes.

  • Transparency: Increase and decrease the transparency of your strokes.

  • More colors: Choose from 100+ colors for Swatches, or create custom colors using the Picker. You can also fill the shapes with your desired color by selecting the shape using the Select tool, and a mini toolbar will appear that contains the fill color button.

  • Filled Shapes you can scroll above the stroke weight number and choose FILL to use a filled shape. If you'd like to match the colour of your filled shape exactly to a colour on the document, you can choose the eye-dropper tool. Filled shapes can be useful to cover up questions on a page (until you wish to reveal them by deleting that shape).

    NOTE: Make sure you have turned on the eye-dropper in your Kami settings (at the bottom with the Beta Features)

How to add rectangle shapes in Kami

Select Insert Rectangle in the Shapes tool, then hold and drag on your page to draw your rectangle freely to your chosen size and proportion.

To draw a square:

  1. Select Insert Rectangle, then hold the Shift key.

  2. Click and drag the shape on the page to draw a square.

How to add ellipse shapes in Kami

Select Insert Ellipse in the Shapes tool, then hold and drag on your page to draw your ellipse freely to your chosen size and proportion.

To draw a circle:

  1. Select Insert Ellipse, then hold the Shift key.

  2. Click and drag the shape to draw a circle.

How to add triangle shapes in Kami

Select Insert Triangle in the Shapes tool, then hold and drag on your page to draw your triangle freely to your chosen size and proportion.

To draw a right triangle:

  1. Select Insert Triangle, then hold the shift key.

  2. Click and drag the shape to draw a triangle.

How to add polygon shapes in Kami

The Polygon tool is currently in beta. To get access, go to your Profile in Kami then select Settings. Scroll down to Beta Features and click +ON next to Polygon Shape.

Select Insert Polygon in the Shapes tool, then hold and drag on your page to a Pentagon freely to your chosen size.

You can change the number of sides the Polygon has by:

  1. Click the Select tool in your toolbar.

  2. Click where the polygon has been drawn

  3. In the mini toolbar that appears, change the number of sides it has.

With the polygon, you can use the Select tool to drag the corners of the polygon and place them where you want on your page. To rotate, click the Select tool then hold the Shift key and drag a corner.

How to add lines in Kami

Select Insert Line in the Shapes tool, then hold and drag on your page to draw a line.

You can lock the angle of the line by:

  1. Select Insert Line, then hold the shift key.

  2. Click and drag to draw a line with your chosen angle.

The Line shape has arrow stroke types. After you draw a line you can use the Select tool to click it and change the Stoke type to an arrow in either direction.

How to erase shapes

Select the Eraser tool, then choose from Drawings and Shapes or All Annotations, Click and hold on the drawings to erase. Alternatively, use the Undo button in the menu bar to delete an annotation that you’ve just drawn.

Additionally, you can click on shapes with the Select tool and delete them with the mini toolbar that appears.

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