Rectangle Tool


This tool can be used to paint rectangles, or create rectangle shapes on a vector layer. Click and hold the left mouse button to indicate one corner of the rectangle, drag to the opposite corner, and release the button.

Hotkeys and Sticky-keys

There’s no default hotkey for switching to rectangle.

If you hold Shift while drawing, a square will be drawn instead of a rectangle. Holding Ctrl will change the way the rectangle is constructed. Normally, the first mouse click indicates one corner and the second click the opposite. With Ctrl, the initial mouse position indicates the center of the rectangle, and the final mouse position indicates a corner. You can press Alt while still keeping the left mouse button down to move the rectangle to a different location.

You can change between the corner/corner and center/corner drawing methods as often as you want by pressing or releasing Ctrl, provided that you keep the left mouse button pressed. With Ctrl pressed, mouse movements will affect all four corners of the rectangle (relative to the center), without Ctrl, one of the corners is unaffected.

Tool Options


Not filled.
The rectangle will be transparent from the inside.
Foreground color
The rectangle will use the foreground color as fill.
Background color.
The rectangle will use the background color as fill.
The rectangle will use the active pattern as fill.


No Outline
The Rectangle will render without outline.
The Rectangle will use the current selected brush to outline.


On vector layers, the rectangle will not render with a brush outline, but rather a vector outline.