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Vector Shapes is a simple shape generator, perfect for all kinds of creations, such as, text backgrounds.  Vector shapes are also a great way to create a solid to a transparent shape, with all kinds of options for adding edges, or even animating them. Vector shapes are different because they come prebuilt on a transparent background.  Solid shapes are sometimes important for elements that you need to mask out, like a person's face.  Vector shapes are excellent for creating masks and highlighting areas of a video image.

We find the Vector Shapes under Boris in the Generators menu at the bottom of the Viewer window.  You can then click on the Controls Tab to see the many controls that allow for independent control of the shape's color, border, and shadow.

vectorshapes.gifAt the top of the Controls Tab is an option for the shape, whether it's rectangular or circular.  You can also add borders and even animate them on or off.  The borders can be animated to draw onto the screen by adding keyframes for border begin and end.  Also in the Controls Tab is a Shape Fill section; use the opacity slider to make the shape more or less transparent.  You can change the shape's color or uncheck fill on to change to be completely transparent.  You can also add a drop shadow to the shape.

controls.gifYou can learn more about using custom shapes in one of our Color Classes.







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