Working with Shapes and Images

As shapes and images are central to any design, Lucidpress makes working with them easy and intuitive. Learn how you can edit their styles and arrange them on your canvas to create the perfect piece of visual content.

To add a shape to your document, click the “Shapes” icon in the Content Bar. A panel of basic shapes will appear. Click on the shape you want, drag it onto your canvas, and drop it anywhere on the canvas.

lucidpress add a shape

To add an image to your document, drag an image directly from your desktop onto the canvas OR insert it using the Image Manager. Supported files include JPG, PNG, AI, TIFF, PSD, SVG, and BMP.

lucidpress add an image from your desktop



lucidpress move resize or rotate a shape or image

Our drag-and-drop interface makes moving objects around your canvas easy and intuitive. To move a shape or image, simply drag it with your mouse or select it and move it using your arrow keys. Hold down “Shift” while using your arrow keys to make your object leap across the canvas. You can also manually adjust an object’s position on the canvas by adjusting the “X” and “Y” values at the top of the “Layout” tab of the Context Pane.

lucidpress context pane change the position of an object

To resize a shape or image, select the object and click and drag from any spot on its border. Hold down “Shift” to lock its proportions as you re-size. You can permanently lock a shape or image’s proportions by right-clicking on the object and enabling “Lock Aspect Ratio” in the drop-down menu. You can also manually adjust an object’s size by adjusting the “W” and “H” values at the top of the “Layout” tab of the Context Pane.

lucidpress context pane change the size of an object

When you select a shape or image, a handle will stem from the top of the object’s border. Click on this handle and drag your cursor clockwise or counter-clockwise to rotate the object into the orientation you desire. Hold down “Shift” to rotate the object in 45˚ increments. You can also navigate to the “Rotate” section of the “Layout” tab of the Context Pane to input a specific rotation angle or select one by dragging the grey dot around the “Angle” circle. Click on one of the triangular icons next to this circle to flip your object horizontally or vertically.

lucidpress context pane rotate or flip an object

Round the Corners of an Image

When you select an image, the top right corner will display a square that is slightly different from the other squares along the image’s border. To round the corners of your image, click on this square and drag it towards the center of the image’s upper border. If your shape is a perfect square, you can make it into a circle by dragging your cursor all the way to the center.

lucidpress round the corners of an image

Special Shape Modifications

Some of our shapes have special handles that allow you to morph them in cool and useful ways. Check out the gifs below for a demonstration of these unique modification features.

In the top right corner of the rounded square, there is a handle that you can drag to the left or right to increase or decrease rounding.

lucidpress rounded square special modification

Drag the handle on the right side of the pentagon to add or remove sides. With this feature, you can switch easily between a triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, or other multi-sided shape!

lucidpress polygon special modification

On the far right side of the star, there is handle that you can drag to add or remove points. You can create a shape with anywhere from 3 to 25 points! You can also drag the handle on the inside of the star to alter the depth of its points.

lucidpress star special modification

Inside both the single- and double-sided arrows there are interior handles that you can drag to change the arrows' dimensions.

lucidpress arrow special modification

To edit the fill color of a shape, follow these steps:

  1. Select a shape by clicking on it.
  2. Click on the “Fill Color” icon in the Options Bar OR click on the rectangle next to “Fill” at the top of your Context Pane.

    lucidpress fill color icon

    lucidpress fill color context pane
  3. Select the color you want by clicking on the corresponding color swatch.

    lucidpress color picker

    Alternatively, click on the color wheel to manually pick a color by adjusting the HSB and RGBA values in your color space, or by typing the hexadecimal code of the color you desire into the text box next to the # symbol.

    lucidpress color space view

    See below for instructions on how to identify the RGB values of a color that is already used in your diagram.
  4. Select your desired opacity by moving the blue dot horizontally across the OPACITY bar or by typing a percentage into the box on its right.

    lucidpress color picker

To identify the color of an object on your canvas, click on the wand to the left of the color wheel.

lucidpress color wand icon

A magnifying lens containing a grid will appear on your canvas. Hover over the object in question and the RGB coordinates of its color will display within the magnifying lens.

lucidpress identify the color of an object

Special Fills for Shapes

Underneath the opacity bar in the shape fill options window, you will see the following options:

Lucidpress shape fill effects

Select “IMAGE” to fill a shape with a new image from your Image Manager.

Alternatively, select the “LINEAR” or “RADIAL” icon to fill your shape with a color gradient that you can customize with different colors and your choice of rotation or radius.

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To edit the fill of an image, click on the rectangle containing the image next to “Fill” at the top of your Context Pane. A window will pop up, displaying your image and a variety of fill settings.

Lucidpress image fill effects

To change your image to another one, click “Choose image” beneath the image display and select a new one from your Image Manager.

To adjust the scale of your image, click on the “IMAGE SCALE” tab at the top right of the window and select a scale option from the drop-down menu that appears.

Lucidpress image scale options

If you are unsatisfied with the color or lighting of your image, click on the “EFFECTS” wand and adjust the saturation, contrast, or brightness of your image in the window that appears. Click “Save” to apply your changes to the canvas.

lucidpress image effects

If you would like to adjust the opacity of your image, navigate down to the “Opacity” section of the Context Pane and type a percentage into the box or move the blue dot horizontally along the bar.

lucidpress image opacity

To edit the border of a shape or image, select the object and navigate to the “Shape” or “Image” tab of your Context Pane. In the “Border” section you can adjust the width, color, and style of the border and round the border’s corners by typing a value into the “Radius” box or toggling the box’s arrows up or down. You can also access these settings in the Options Bar at the top of your canvas.

lucidpress add a border to an image

Underneath the “Border” section of the Context Pane you can find shadow options. Toggle the button at the top right corner of this section to add a shadow to your selected shape or image. You can then edit the color, angle, distance, blur, and opacity of your shadow by playing with the corresponding settings.

lucidpress add shadow to an image

Lucidpress offers a wide variety of arrangement options that allow you to easily manage the layout of objects on your canvas. These options can be found under the “Arrange” tab at the top left of your page or in the “Layout” tab of your Context Pane. You can also find some of these options in the drop-down menu that appears when you right-click on an object, or apply them to your document using keyboard shortcuts. See below for descriptions of each arrangement feature.

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Group/Ungroup: Group two or more objects together to edit their style and layout as if they were one.

Bring to Front: Bring an object to the front of all overlapping objects.
Send to Back: Send an object to the back of all overlapping objects.
Bring Item Forward: Bring an object to the front of the one directly in front of it.
Send Item Backward: Send an object to the back of the one directly behind it.

Align Objects Left/Right: Send a single object to the left or right of the canvas or align a group of objects with the object in the group that is furthest left or right.
Align Objects Horizontally (Center): Send a single object to the horizontal midpoint of the canvas or align a group of objects with the midpoint between the objects in the group furthest left and right.
Align Objects Top/Bottom: Send a single object to the top or bottom of the canvas, or align a group of objects with the object in the group that is closest to the top or bottom of the canvas.
Align Objects Vertically (Middle): Send a single object to the vertical midpoint of the canvas or align a group of objects with the midpoint between the objects in the group closest to the top and bottom of the canvas.

Distribute Horizontally/Vertically: Spread a group of objects evenly out between the objects in the group furthest left and right.
Distribute Vertically: Spread a group of objects evenly out between the objects in the group closest to the top and the bottom of the canvas.

Match Size: Increase the height and width of all objects in a group to match the size of the largest object in the group.
Match Size (height): Increase the height of all objects in a group to match the height of the tallest object in the group.
Match Size (width): Increase the width of all objects in a group to match the width of the widest object in the group.

Lock: Lock all features of an object so that edits cannot be made to its layout, style, or content.
Lock Size and Position: Lock the size and canvas position of an object.
Lock Style: Lock all stylistic elements of an object, including border, shadow, and opacity.
Lock Content: Lock all content of an object, including fill color, image, image effects, text, and links.

Use the following keyboard shortcuts and right-click menu options to quickly manage the objects on your canvas.

Command/Ctrl + X: Cut selected object from the canvas.
Command/Ctrl + C: Copy selected object.
Command/Ctrl + V: Paste previously cut or copied object onto the canvas.

Right-click > Copy Style: Copy the stylistic elements (fill color, image content, border, etc.) of selected object.
Right-click > Paste Style: Apply stylistic elements of previously copied object to selected object.
Right-click > Duplicate: Add duplicate of selected object to the canvas.

Right-click on an image > Add Text: Create a text box within the image into which you can directly type.
Right-click on shape or text box within image > Import Text from Drive: Copy and paste text from a Google Drive document into object.
Right-click > Add Comment: Add a comment to selected object. Check out this article for more information on commenting in Lucidpress.

You can link shapes and images to other pages within your Lucidpress document or to external sites! Check out this article for more information.