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Transforming Objects

The easiest way to transform an object is to use the bounding box. With the bounding box, you can quickly scale (resize), reflect (mirror), and rotate an object. However, you cannot copy an object or move the reference point. As you drag to transform an object, you can use keyboard keys to alter the results of a transformation. Experiment with the different options to create some new results.

Transform an Object with the Bounding Box

  • yellow-circle-1.jpg Click the View menu, and then click Show Bounding Box to display it.

  • yellow-circle-2.jpg Select the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

  • yellow-circle-3.jpg Select one or more objects to transform.

  • yellow-circle-4.jpg Use any of the following methods:

    • Scale. Drag a corner handle to scale along two axes; drag a side handle to scale along one axis; Shift-drag to scale proportionally; hold down Alt (Win) or Option (Mac), and then drag to scale from the center. Also hold down Shift to scale from the center proportionally.
    • Reflect. Drag a side handle all the way across the object to the other side.
    • Rotate. Point slightly outside a corner handle (pointer changes to a double arrow), and then drag in a circular motion.

    To rotate an object 180 degrees, drag a corner handle diagonally all the way across the object.

  • yellow-circle-5.jpg To transform an object using exact values or percentages, select the Transform panel.

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