Customize the shapes in your diagram to improve readibility and attractiveness.
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Customizing shapes in Lucidchart can take your diagram from functional to fantastic.
Stylize or edit a shape by first clicking inside the shape. Once you see blue squares around the perimeter of your shape you can customize its appearance or position. Like most standard editors, dragging the corners of a shape will resize it while maintaining its aspect ratio.
You can set a specific width or height for a shape using the shape formatting button in the properties bar. This button has other cool functions that are pretty self-explanatory. You can rotate shapes, flip them around your shapes' corners, change the opacity of an entire shape or click on the more button to add a shadow. We cover these features in more detail in our advanced styling videos so make sure to check those out if you're interested in these features.
If you find you're using any of the tools on the properties bar frequently you can pin them to the canvas for easy access. Click the pin icon in the top right corner then drag the widget anywhere in your canvas.
If at any point you change your mind about the type of shape you've selected just right-click on the shape and select "change shape" and then select a new shape - much easier than deleting and replacing any shapes that you decide to replace.
While you're creating your masterpiece, the color button lets you pick a color for your shape. There are standard colors to choose from, or you can use the eyedropper tool or the hex code box to set a specific color. The same goes for the line color button and you can use that to set a color for your shapes border.
If you want to change the color on more than one shape, either drag your mouse over all the shapes you want to change or select multiple shapes by holding the command or control button, depending on whether you're on a Mac or PC, while clicking the shapes you want to edit. Then go ahead and change the color.
You can use the line style button to customize the border of your shapes you can also change the weight or thickness of the border. Remember, you can set default styles for your document by clicking on a blank space on your canvas to unselect any shapes or objects then, change the styles on the property bar while nothing is selected.
I'm going to deselect this shape by clicking on a blank space then set a new color and text style on the properties bar now when I drag out a new shape its customized to the settings I just selected. Another way to set document-wide styles is to use a theme from the doc. We'll take a deeper dive into themes our advanced styles tutorial.
Using these few basic shape styling tools can help you make your document clearer, less cluttered, and way more appealing. Take a look at our advanced tutorials to learn more about how you can make your Lucidchart projects look amazing.
You can visit the Lucidchart Help Center on our custom shapes features if you need additional assistance.