Modifying a Text Box to have Rounded Corners
| Reference Number: KB-00639 Last Updated: 10-02-2013 10:07 AM
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I would like to know how to round the corners of CAD objects like text boxes. I don't need to define a particular arc, or curve - I would just like a fast way to fillet corners. How can I do this?
CAD polylines, CAD boxes, and many CAD-based objects can be quickly altered so that they have filleted, or rounded corners using the Fillet edit behavior.
To fillet the corners of a text box
- Open the drawing in which you would like to fillet the text box, or from the menu select File> New Plan to create a new drawing.
- To add text to your drawing, from the menu select CAD> Text> Text , and click once in your drawing at the location where you would like to add text.
- In the Text Specification dialog which displays when you click, type the desired text or copy and paste it from a Microsoft Word or Notepad document or another Chief Architect file.
- To make the box surrounding a text object visible, go to the Attributes tab and check the box beside Box/Grid. Click the OK button to close the dialog and notice that the box surrounding your text is a rectangle with square corners.
- For Rich Text click the Appearance tab and check the Display Border box.
- Select Edit> Edit Behaviors> Fillet from the menu.
- The Fillet edit behavior affects the behavior of the corner edit handles of all CAD objects and many CAD-based objects, as well.
Note: When you fillet the corner of a polyline or polyline-based object, only that corner will be affected.
When you fillet the corner of a CAD box or box-based object, all four corners will be affected identically.
- Click the Select Objects tool and select a text object to display its edit handles.
- Click on a corner edit handle and drag it towards the center of the text box.
- As you drag, all four corners will become filleted, or rounded.
- As long as the Fillet edit behavior is active, you can click and drag a corner handle to adjust the curve of the fillets or to fillet the corners of other CAD and CAD-based objects.
- When the Default edit behavior is restored, clicking and dragging a corner handle will resize the text box without changing the curve of the fillets.
Note: In Chief Architect X1 and newer, if you only want to fillet the corners of one or two CAD or CAD-based objects, you can keep the Default edit behavior active and instead press the F key while clicking and dragging the corner edit handles.
The F key is the shortcut key for the Fillet edit behavior, and will temporarily enable this behavior when it is pressed.
- If the fillet is small, the text object's edit handles may hide the now filleted corners. To see them, you may need to unselect the text object by clicking the Select Objects button.