Tips and Tricks For Using Shapes In Pages, Numbers And Keynote

The shapes in Pages, Numbers and Keynote can be used to spruce up a document or presentation. You can do much more with them besides a simple color fill and border.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Tips and Tricks For Using Shapes In Pages, Numbers And Keynote”

    4 years ago

    Gary, is there a difference between Unite and Group shapes?

    4 years ago

    Nick: Uniting shapes will combine their lines and curves into a single shape. It merges the actual shape itself. Grouping will keep both shapes separate, but now they move together as a single object when you drag them. Experiment to see. Put a circle and square overlapping somewhat, and set a border and fill for both. Then group them. Then do the same with two shapes by unite them.

    4 years ago

    Another great video! I am so glad you have the "back 10 second" button as I use it a lot.

    Lauren Eisen
    4 years ago

    i agree with gene, the :10 rewind is very useful as are all your videos, thank you!

    Peter Baldwin
    4 years ago

    I am having trouble regrouping a shape after using the Break Apart option when working with shapes. I do not seem to be able to highlight the the group of shapes using the mouse to then regroup.
    Is there a trick to this?

    Charles Russell
    4 years ago

    I'm already in the middle of your Numbers course so this video is very helpful. Getting carried away was is not a problem.

    4 years ago

    Peter: Try clicking on one shape and then hold the Command key down to click on the others. Or, drag around all the shapes.

    John Murdin
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, great videos - I've learnt a lot from your videos - thanks!
    After watching your tutorial on editing shapes I got hooked!
    Do you know if there is a way within pages to alter the perspective of a grouped object ie I've created a window frame with panes and a sill for instant - but I want to transform it so that it looks as if it is a side window - with the left side narrower that the right side - going towards a "vanishing point" - I can paste it into Sketch and use Transform - HELP!

    3 years ago

    John: There are no tools like that in Pages/Numbers/Keynote. If you want to do things like that, get an app like Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer and make those graphics there. Then import them into your document as an image or a PDF.

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