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What is the cross in the rectangle/ellipse shape?

Sep 17, 2013 3:58 PM

Tags: #cs4 #illustrator #cs5 #help #path #cs6 #rectangle #ellipse #cc



Been using Illstrator for over 7 years now, and never really wanted to ask this question, but I have to now. If I draw a sqaure using the rectangle tool, it shows a cross in the centre, and if I draw one using the pen tool, there is no cross. Is the cross there to merely show the centre or does it have a different purpose in showing it's a different property? Also, if you want to recreate this, make sure you are in Outline View (⌘/ctrl + Y) .


Thanks in advance!



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    Sep 17, 2013 4:12 PM   in reply to dadsidea

    It's the center point of the rectangle; useful for alignment and movement. Can be turned off in the Attributes panel (icons on the left). The rectangle created with the Pen tool can have one as well; just needs to be turned on.

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