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I am not a professional designer however I need to make a few shapes like the ones shown above for my college presentation. I would like to ask how I can create shapes like these ?

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Hi Little Child this is an easily answered question if you tell us what graphic design programs you have access to. This would most easily be completed in Adobe Illustrator. – Adam Schuld Jul 24 '13 at 12:07
To clarify: you want polygons like the above with a "rough sketch" look to them? – horatio Jul 24 '13 at 14:24
If you are a little child, it should be super easy. Just grab some crayons. :) – DA01 Jul 24 '13 at 14:37
@DA01 I am a toddler in college. Yes. :D – Little Child Jul 24 '13 at 17:57
@horatio Yes ! That is what I mean – Little Child Jul 24 '13 at 17:59
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You could probably even just draw them freehand in any drawing program on your computer. Here's what I managed with Inkscape:

Really crude freehand pentagon

This despite the fact that drawing freehand lines with the mouse is really frustrating. (Ctrl+Z is your friend.) A tablet and a stylus would probably work even better.

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  1. Draw the shapes on paper
  2. Scan the drawings into whatever image editor you have

If you were a designer, you'd probably next go into Illustrator and live trace the shapes to give you scalable vector objects. Since you're just creating a presentation, scans are likely to be good enough.

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The terms you are looking for are polygon, path, and stroke. You will make a shape, which is usually a path. You then apply a stroke to it, and--if the software supports it--instead of a standard line style (aka a rule), the stroke uses a brush or other tool to stroke the path.

In GIMP, there is a stroke path feature. you want to use the option to "use a paint tool" (see: ). The exact tool and brush style(s) you apply is a matter of taste, so you will need to experiment a little.

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