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Drawing a cylinder or a rhomboid in Pages

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PaulSG Calculating status...
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How can I draw a cylinder or a rhomboid in Pages either of which I can drag to change size ie as per Word?

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  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to PaulSG)

    Here is a cylinder made from two circles and a rectangle with use of the graphic and metric inspectors. Once you have grouped all three scaled and layered objects, you can scale and rotate the finished object. Not a true drawing tool, so no lines of perspective effect. You can use image and gradient fills from the inspector to further tweak your creations into more realistic quality.

     

    Front circle: 0.89 inch in diameter.

    Back circle: 0.86 inch in diameter.

    Rectangle: 1.25 inch wide x 0.89 high.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 3.22.35 PM.png

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 1:35 PM (in response to PaulSG)

    Like this? This was not easy to assemble with line segments and I chose not to spend more time tweaking end point perfection. With patience, you can build one too.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 4.33.01 PM.png

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,715 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:47 PM (in response to PaulSG)

    How come a function is basic when it isn't available?

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:53 PM (in response to PaulSG)

    I made this in a couple of minutes:

     

    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 4.47.47 PM.png

    All shapes are editable, what did you want to do?

    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 4.51.01 PM.png

    Peter

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 10:11 PM (in response to PaulSG)

    This one is neater:

     

    Screen shot 2013-02-15 at 5.08.49 PM.png

    Peter

  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,870 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 10:34 PM (in response to PaulSG)

    Hi Paul,

     

    Yes - I tried that too and built one but it's not editable - not in the same way as Word for instance.

     

    Page 147 of the Pages User Guide:

     

    1. Editing Shapes

      You can manipulate and reshape the points and contours of a shape you’ve
      already placed on a page. Before you can edit a shape in this way, you need to make it editable.

     

    Thanks anyway - guess I'll have to use word and copy/paste.

     

     

    It took me 5 minutes to browse the User Guide and turn a rectangle into a parallelogram:

    And I have never before tried this in Pages.

     

    Too easy!

     

    Regards, Ian.

     

    Message was edited by: Yellowbox Sorry, shape not pasting. But it is causing interesting layout of text!

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 3:32 AM (in response to PaulSG)

    Did this with 4 rectangles distorted to rhomboids, 3 green 2 no fill to form the stretched sides.

     

    This cursed website won't accept images yet again, so I'll try and show it later.

     

    Basically it did what you want.

     

    Peter

  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,870 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 3:57 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Peter,

    I can't wait to see images of your solution.

     

    Paul,

    You have me beaten. I tried every way (including searching the User Guide )  to stretch an oblique view of a beam *at the same angle* whilst *constraining* the vertical and horizontal dimensions.

     

    I tried it in Pages and Integlio app. No go.

     

    The best I could do in Pages was this:

     

    Step 1.  recreate your first image:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 10.30.54 PM.png

     

    Step 2. Add 8 (shorter, red) lines over the black lines:

    Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 10.31.27 PM.png

    Step 3. Delete the black lines

    Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 10.32.28 PM.png

     

    This is your working pattern.

    Group the bits belonging to the object on the right, then drag that group up and to the right.

    Add black lines to join the 2 ends and to act as guides so you can drag the right hand end into alignment.

    Delete red lines.

     

    Phew! If the drawing tools in Word can stretch a beam as you have shown, I am mightily impressed!

     

    Ian

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 4:20 AM (in response to Yellowbox)

    Finally got this image to insert:

    Rhomboid.png

    Just moved the right hand end out then pulled the righthand ends of the two side rhomboids out to meet it.

     

    Definitely not Illustrator but it gets there.

     

    Paul, is it that you don't know how to grab more than one point of an object at a time?

     

    Peter

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 4:35 AM (in response to Yellowbox)

    Phew! If the drawing tools in Word can stretch a beam as you have shown, I am mightily impressed!

     

    Ian

     

    In Illustrator you'd use the detail cursor and lasoo the end and pull it out.

     

    I've tried to do this in Word, in fact edit anything and found it the usual frustrating hunt for no answer.

     

    Peter

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