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How do you create printable shapes to cut out?

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Create printable shapes to cut out by using a shape drawing tool in a program such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Paint and printing the image. Alternately, use sites such as NCTM.org or DrawIsland.com to make shapes with the Web drawing tool and then save the image.

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Adobe Photoshop features both a freehand drawing tool and a tool for automatically making various shapes, ranging from simple polygons to custom images, such as arrows or flowers. To make a shape with the Custom Shape tool, create a new document and then choose the tool from the Tools sidebar. Set a color then click on an area and drag the mouse out to set the shape's size. Once you have the shape in place, print the document via the Print menu.

Both Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Word also feature ready-made shape options. The Windows 7 version of Paint places the shape tools directly in the main options bar and offers simple clicking options for placing shapes and printing. In Word, add shapes by clicking on the Insert menu option then choose the appropriate shape.

DrawIsland.com offers several basic shape tools, as well as a line tool for creating more complex shapes. To print from the site, save the image and then print it from the appropriate program.

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