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Using the Free Transform Tool

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There are a number of ways to change the scale or size of graphics in Flash. The Free Transform tool on Tools panel allows you to interactively scale and rotate any selected object or shape on the Stage. Nearly every object in Flash can be transformed with these two functions of the Free Transform tool including groups, symbols, text, bitmaps, and editable shapes. The Free Transform tool allows you to select an object on the Stage and then interactively change its size or rotate it freely. Both options are available at once depending on where you place your mouse on the bounding box that appears.

Change the Scale of an Object

  1. Select the object by clicking on it or by dragging a selection marquee around it with the Selection tool.
  2. Click the Free Transform tool on the Tools panel.

  3. Click the Scale Modifier button in the Options area of the Tools panel.

  4. Drag any of the small handles on the bounding box to change the size of the shape. The corner handles resize proportionally while the handles along the sides resize either horizontally or vertically.
  5. To change the transformation point, drag the circle handle.

Rotate and Skew an Object

  1. Select the object by clicking on it or by dragging a selection marquee around it.
  2. Click the Free Transform tool on the Tools panel.

  3. Click the Rotate/Skew Modifier button in the Options area of the Tools panel.

  4. Drag any of the corner handles on the bounding box to rotate the shape. Drag the handles along the side to skew the object.

  5. To change the transformation point, drag the circle handle.

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