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 Vlasta site administrator on November 10th 2013

Change color transparency - look for brighter and darker squares.

user icon GoDz registered user on January 2nd


I need help

user icon Anonymous on January 4th

how to make the color transparent ? :-o i can't find a way !! Help !!


user icon Anonymous on June 3rd

hey i wanna make a circle but when i use the eclipse thing theres no colour:o

user icon Anonymous on June 14th

i cant find color!!!!!!!! :-o where is it!!!!!!!!!!

user icon Vlasta site administrator on June 14th

Under the tool config at the right side.

user icon Anonymous on September 29th

fantastic i like everything

user icon Anonymous on November 8th

how do you make the arrow darker when yellow circle around it?? :-(

user icon Anonymous on November 14th

I have no clue where the color is someone help me :-(

user icon Vlasta site administrator on November 14th

If you are using the ellipse tool, look in the right column. There should actually be 2 color pickers, one for outline and one for interior fill. The fill can be switched to gradient or patterns, so make sure to switch it back to solid fill if that is what you want.

user icon Anonymous
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What about ICL files?