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A SmartDraw Legal Edition TUTORIAL

Creating Crime Scene Diagrams

By creating your crime scenes using a program like the SmartDraw Legal Edition: You'll get more reliable, more professional results quicker instead of doing sketches and illustrations by hand You'll save money and be in total control of your project instead of paying an outside firm to do your designs You'll communicate your message more clearly and efficiently to investigators, law enforcement professionals, attorneys, judges, and most importantly juries

Crime Scene Area SmartTemplates

Getting Started: Using a SmartTemplate The SmartDraw Legal Edition provides you with hundreds of SmartTemplates that help you get started no matter what your diagram need. To create a crime scene diagram, you can start with a Blank Crime Scene SmartTemplate, a Crime Scene Area SmartTemplate, or modify one of the examples, simply by clicking on a preview in the Preview Area. These templates are pre-configured for crime scenes with the appropriate SmartPanel already chosen for you. Almost all crime scenes start out as some sort of a floor plan of a residential home or an office.

Garage Area SmartTemplate

Occassionally, you may also need to use an outdoor scene such as a park or street. Luckily, SmartDraw provides you with plenty of examples of both. And since many crime scenes are truly unique to a case, you can easily create your own custom floor plan using the drawing tools provided in SmartDraw.

Build a Crime Scene SmartPanel

The SmartPanel The SmartPanel is located to the far left of your work area. Here you will be able to Add Shapes using the symbols in the Library Gallery. When you start off using a SmartTemplate for your diagram, the appropriate symbol library loads with the template. Find More Symbols You can also find additional images by clicking on More button in the SmartPanel and from the drop down menu selecting More... again. This will open the More Symbols dialog where you can browse the SmartDraw library tree or search for additional symbols using keywords.

Search for more symbols

Libraries that match your search will be placed in the Search Results folder at the top of the tree. Clicking on a libary will display a preview of the symbols contained inside it. Click on the Open Library button to open the selected library to the left of your work area. Once you opened all the libraries you wanted, click on the Close button to close the search window.

Navigate your open libraries

You can navigate among the various library windows by either using the drop down menu under the More button on the SmartPanel or you can click on the Library tab to expand the view of the libraries along the entire length of your work area. This may make it easier to browse for specific symbols.

To add a wall to your crime scene, simply click on the Add Walls button in the SmartPanel. Clicking once in your work area at the point you want your wall to begin. Create a wall by dragging your mouse. To add additional wall segments, just repeat the above.

As you add your wall, you'll notice its length appears above the line representing the wall you're creating. Even after you've completed drawing your wall, you can change its length simply by clicking once and editing the text representing its length. It's that easy to make an 8 foot wall a 10 foot wall.

Creating a Room Outline To create the outline of your crime scene, draw walls and use the mouse to drag them into place. For fine adjustments, select the wall and use the arrow keys to nudge them into position.

If you need to change the angle on a wall, you can rotate it using the rotation handle located at the end of the wall. Just grab it (click down with your mouse), and without letting go, rotate it into place.

Select a degree command from the Rotate menu

If you're using SmartDraw's wall's tool, the actual length of each wall segment will be displayed above your line as you're drawing. This will help you create a more accurate outline on the first try, reducing the amount of time you'll need to spend on editing.

Once your room outline is complete, you can still show the length of each wall segment by selecting all the walls and then choosing Dimensions in the Shape Properties group from the Design tab. Here, you can set your walls to display its dimensions: "Always," "Only when selected", or "Never." Choose the appropriate option for you. Adding Symbols To add a symbol, click any symbol in the Library Gallery of the SmartTemplate and click again anywhere on the page to stamp it.

Adding Exits To add exits such as doors and windows, click on the Exits button under the Build a Crime Scene part of the SmartPanel. You should now see several doors and windows docked inside the window in the SmartPanel. Click on a door or window you want to add, then stamp or drag it into place on your outline.

Stamp an exit from the symbols library

The white part of a door or window symbol is meant to replace the wall section you drop it over, so you don't have to leave an opening for it. You can use your arrow keys to nudge it into place. Note: You can use the Flip menu in the Shape Layout group under the Design tab to reverse the direction of a exit. Objects You can move symbols in your crime scene using the mouse or the arrow keys. Every shape has a Rotation Handle which appears as a small black circle. By dragging the rotation handle with the mouse, you can rotate a shape to any angle. You can also specify the degree of rotation using the Rotate menu in the Shape Layout group under the Design tab. Creating Your Own Shapes and Objects SmartDraw comes with thousands of symbols to help you create professional-looking crime scenes quickly and easily. You'll find everything from body outlines to hand prints and furnishings. But if you can't find a particular symbol that you need, you can always create it yourself using the freeform line tools.

Using the Polygon Line Tool You can create a new shape with the Polygon Line tool located in the Line menu in the Tools group. Start by clicking in your work area at the point you want your shape to begin and continue clicking to create more segments. A line segment is automatically added to the line for each point that you click. The shape will close automatically as the last line segment nears the starting point. To indicate that the shape is ready to be closed, your pen cursor will have a circle at the end. Edit the New Shape's Outline Each segment in the line or shape you create is initially a straight line with a diamondshaped adjustment handle in the center. If you click on the adjustment handle you can stretch the line into a curve. You can also adjust the corners of your shape by clicking on the square grow handles at the end of each segment. Using these handles, you can draw just about any shape or line.

To delete a growth handle, hold down the Ctrl key as you select it (this will turn the growth handle green) and then hit Delete. Deleting a growth handle will also delete a line segment from your shape.

To add a new line segment, hold down the Ctrl key and click anywhere on the outline of the shape. This will add another growth handle and line segment. To get rid of the growth and adjustment handles, simply click off the shape. If you need to edit it again, click on the shape and use the commands in the Shape Properties group under the Design tab. Modify Fill and Border If you like, you can change the object's Fill, Border Thickness, Border Dashes, Border Color, and more by having the object selected and right-clicking to bring up an editing menu.

Right-click to bring up menu to edit fill or border

Adding Text To add text to your page just click on the Text button in the Tools group under the Home tab and type into an empty area. The text will appear in a floating text box that will be its own object you can freely move around on the page just like any other symbol. To change font type, style, size, or color, use the commands in the Font group under the Home tab.

Getting the Measurements Right: Changing Dimensions SmartDraw's crime scenes (much like SmartDraw's floor plans) are drawn using a set 1":

48" or 1": 4' scale (This means that one inch on paper equals 48 inches or 4 feet in real life). To display the "real-world" size of any object or wall segment, select the shape or wall and choose Show Dimensions button from the SmartPanel. Here, in the Dimension dialog you can set the object to display its dimensions: "Always," "Only when selected", or "Never." Choose the appropriate option for you. You can then use an object's growth handles to grow or shrink it and make it fit the measurements taken at the scene. Alternatively, you can use the Position and Size dialog in the Position & Size group under the Design tab to set the object's exact dimensions without using your mouse.

Inserting a Photo into your Crime Scene You can insert a picture or photo (such as a JPG, GIF, PNG or other bitmap image) into your diagram by choosing Open Picture in the Get Images group under the Picture tab and browsing to locate the picture on your computer.

Unless you have already selected a place for the picture to go (such as a selected shape or a table cell) it will be placed near the upper left corner of your SmartDraw document by default. You can then drag it to any position you like.

Replacing a Placeholder Photo You can also insert a picture into an existing Picture Placeholder on the SmartTemplates. The placeholders are temporary images meant to be replaced by your real images. Doubleclick on the placeholder to open the built-in photo software controls. Click on the bottm right folder icon to open the Import dialog, and then browse to the picture the same

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