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This tutorial will cover how to start drawing your own beautiful Lucidchart diagram.

First, ensure you have the correct shape library, using the “More Shapes” button and checking the boxes for shapes you want to use. Then drag and drop a shape from the toolbox and onto the canvas. The text inside the shape will already be highlighted so you can add your own text and press enter to commit it. Double click the object if you want to edit the text again.

Shapes can also be easily resized from the corners and rotated with the handle on top of the shape.

Lines can be drawn from anywhere along the border of the object. If you see the crosshairs, you can click and drag to draw a line. When you release the mouse from drawing the line, a window will automatically prompt you for the next shape from the same library as the previous one. Click and drag the end of the line along the border to change where it connects, or drag it to the center of the object and now the line dynamically changes when the shape is moved.

You can also draw a line by right clicking and choosing “draw line”, or simply pressing “L” on your keyboard. If you want to add plain text, drag out the “T” from the toolbox and begin typing. Once your objects are on the canvas, you can use the properties bar and graphic panel to style them. Modify text with the various alignment and styling options, and use the font manager to add or upload a specific look. Clicking to the left of the font and saving will add the font to the list.

Easily change colors with the border and fill color palettes and use advanced controls for a specific color. Use the Graphic panel to give more detail like drop shadows and gradients, or even inserting an image inside the shape. Lines have a few properties as well. I can change the bend of a line to be curved, elbow, straight, or custom. Change the endpoints with the drop-down menus, and even add text to any part of a line by double-clicking, typing, and moving it around.

Now start diagramming for yourself, and refer to our videos and tutorials if you want to learn more.