Ellipse drawing tool

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Ellipse drawing tool

rsrc/ellipse-tool.png image ELLIPSE is a drawing tool capable of drawing filled ellipses and/or ellipse outlines. The ellipse can be rotated.

Ellipse configuration panel

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If the Circle option is selected, the width and height of the drawn shape is kept the same.

How to use the Ellipse tool

Press the left mouse button over the canvas, move the mouse and release the button. A new ellipse is created and control handles appear. You can drag the handles to resize the ellipse or circle. The brown control handle can be used to rotate the ellipse.

In a vector layer, the ellipse can be converted to Shape and further refined by selecting Convert to Shape from the Object or the context menus.

Scripting parameters

ELLIPSE tool can be used from scripts. The command in script may have 4 to 6 parameters:

  • centerX, centerY - center of the drawn ellipse.
  • sizeX - width of the ellipse.
  • sizeY (optional) - height of the ellipse; if this argument is missing, sizeY defaults to sizeX resulting in a circle.
  • angle (optional) - clockwise rotation of the ellipse in radians (default is 0 radians).


DrawTool.ELLIPSE(Document, 100, 100, 50, 30);
DrawTool.ELLIPSE(Document, 100, 100, 50, 30, 40/180*pi); // ellipse rotated by 40 degrees clockwise
DrawTool.ELLIPSE(Document, 100, 100, 30); // circle with radius of 30 pixels

See also: DrawTool object, Document object, Rectangle tool

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user icon Anonymous on March 29th 2019

When I made the first few cursors, I got the halo. Later in the day I tried to make a new one with a different color halo. I saved as I had done before but when I open them the halo is not there. I tried again today with the same result. Is this a bug? :-(

user icon Vlasta site administrator on March 31st 2019

unlikely, you are doing something differently or there is another reason

user icon Anonymous on August 30th 2019

How to make the color tranparent?

user icon Anonymous on April 7th 2020

how to draw the circle under the mouse pointer? It gets on top of the cursor.

user icon Anonymous on April 25th 2020

I want to carsure visible. but it is going to under color.

user icon Anonymous on May 11th 2020

How do I move the circle ;-)

user icon Anonymous on May 20th 2020

how come my cursor doest have a yellow on it

user icon Anonymous on January 23rd


user icon Anonymous on August 18th


-) -) :-(
user icon Anonymous on September 22nd

Tôi chọn "vòng tròn" nhấn chuột và nhả thì có vòng tròn nhỏ, giờ ko dì chuyển được, xóa nó bằng cách nào ạ?

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