Rectangle, Ellipse and Line Tool Properties

The Rectangle, Ellipse and Line tools let you draw shapes which you can easily reshape into a more complex drawing.

For tasks related to these tools, see Drawing with the Rectangle, Ellipse and Line Tools.

Icon Tool Name Description

Rectangle, Ellipse and Line Properties


Brush Preview

Displays a preview of the selected brush.


Show Extended Properties

Opens the Brush Properties window.



Defines the size of the line.



On vector layers, defines the number of control points added to the centre line.


Brush Presets

Displays the presets available which depend on the type of layer you select.

New Brush

Lets you create a new brush preset.

Delete Brush

Deletes the currently selected brush.

Brush Menu

Lets you access commands for create brush presets, deleting and renaming brushes, importing and exporting brushes, and setting the brush preset display.

Draw Behind

When drawing on vector layers, the Draw Behind mode lets you paint behind existing art. By default, strokes appear over your work until you release the tool. If you want a live preview of your stroke, activate the Realistic Preview option by selecting View > Realistic Preview.

Auto Fill

Automatically fills rectangles and ellipses with the current colour.