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Applying Multiple Transformations

The Transform Each command allows you to transform—such as rotate, reflect, scale, and shear—multiple objects relative to their reference points instead of a single reference point. You can scale or move objects, rotate objects by a specific angle, and create a mirror reflection of the objects. If you want to create a unique effect, you can also have Illustrator apply random transformations. You can also use the Transform Effect command to create and modify similar effects.

Use the Transform Each Command

  • yellow-circle-1.jpg Select the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

  • yellow-circle-2.jpg Select one or more objects to transform.

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  • yellow-circle-3.jpg Click the Object menu, point to Transform, and then click Transform Each.

  • yellow-circle-4.jpg Select the Preview check box to view your object changes.

  • yellow-circle-5.jpg Do any of the following:

    • Scale Horizontal or Vertical. Specify to scale objects from their reference point.
    • Move Horizontal or Vertical. Specify to move objects left or right and up or down.
    • Rotate Angle. Enter a rotate angle or drag the dial.
    • Reflect X or Y. Select to create a mirror reflection.
    • Random. Select to apply random transformations using the values in the dialog box.
    • Scale Strokes & Effects. Select to scale strokes and effects along with objects.
    • Transform Objects. Select to transform only objects.
    • Transform Patterns. Select to transform only the object’s fill pattern.
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    • Reference Point. Click a square to change the reference point.
  • yellow-circle-6.jpg Click OK or Copy (creates a copy and applies the transformation).

Use the Transform Effect

  • yellow-circle-1.jpg Select the Selection tool on the Tools panel.

  • yellow-circle-2.jpg Select one or more objects to transform.

    03fig102.jpg
  • yellow-circle-3.jpg Click the Effect menu, point to Distort & Transform, and then click Transform.

  • yellow-circle-4.jpg Select the Preview check box to view your object changes.

  • yellow-circle-5.jpg Do any of the following:

    • Scale Horizontal or Vertical. Specify to scale objects from their reference point.
    • Move Horizontal or Vertical. Specify to move objects left or right and up or down.
    • Rotate Angle. Enter a rotate angle or drag the dial.
    • Reflect X or Y. Select to create a mirror reflection.
    • Random. Select to apply random transformations using the values in the dialog box.
    • Scale Strokes & Effects. Select to scale strokes and effects along with objects.
    • Transform Objects. Select to transform only objects.
    • Transform Patterns. Select to transform only the object’s fill pattern.
    • Reference Point. Click a square to change the reference point.
    • Copies. Enter the number of copies you want.
  • yellow-circle-6.jpg Click OK.

  • yellow-circle-7.jpg To edit the transformation, select the object, and then click Transform on the Appearance panel.

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