Transform Tool

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The Transform tool is used to move, scale, and rotate the shapes and curves forming your composition.  It can be selected from the Canvas toolbox.

 

 

 

Workspace

 

The Transform tool adds handles around any selected shapes as shown below.  The handles can be mouse-dragged to move, scale, and rotate the selection.

 

 

Transform Handles

 

 

Multiple shapes can be selected simultaneously with the Transform tool, allowing them all to be manipulated together as if they were a single shape.

 

 

Transform Tool Multi Selection

 

 

When this tool is selected a number of options will appear in the ribbon running across the top of the Canvas tab.  These options are found in a number of sections, as described below.

 

 

 

Orientation Section

 

When a single shape is selected the Orientation section will appear at the beginning of the Transform tool's ribbon.  The options in this section control the orientation of the handles appearing around the selection.  This option will only make a difference if the selected shape has been rotated.

 

 

Shape Orientation

In Shape Orientation mode handles

rotate along with selected shape.

Document Orientation

In Document Orientation mode

handles maintain their orientation.

 

 

Document Orientation Skew

Dragging scaling handles in Document Orientation mode can skew the shape, as

demonstrated here where the shape is no longer rectangular after stretching it horizontally.

 

 

 

Transform Section

 

The section allows you to move, scale, skew, and rotate shapes numerically.

 

 

Value

Description

Location Sliders

These values allow you to move the selection by controlling the X and Y coordinates of the selection's center point.  Values of (0, 0) will place the center of the selection at the upper left corner of the document, values of (100, 100) will place the center at the lower right corner, and values of (50, 50) will center the selection.  If you've lost a shape by dragging it off of the document, you can bring it back into view by adjusting these values.

Size Sliders

These values allow you to resize the selection by specifying its width and height.  Values of (100, 100) specify a size equal to that of the entire document.

Skew Sliders

These values skew or shear the selection.  They are especially useful in cases where a shape has been given an unwanted skew, in which case setting these values to zero will remove the skew.

Rotation Slider

This value controls shape rotation.

 

 

 

Quick Transform Section

 

This section contains buttons for performing some common transformations.  These actions can also be performed by dragging the handles appearing in the workspace.

 

 

Button

Description

Right 45

Rotates the selection clockwise by 45 degrees.

Left 45

Rotates the selection counterclockwise by 45 degrees.

Flip Horizontally

Flips the selection left-to-right.

Flip Vertically

Flips the selection top-to-bottom.

 

 

 

Align Section

 

This section appears when two or more shapes are selected simultaneously.  These buttons will align all selected shapes to the last shape that was added to the selection.

 

 

Button

Description

Align Left

Aligns left edges of selected shapes.

Align Centers

Horizontally aligns midpoints of selected shapes.

Align Right

Aligns right edges of selected shapes.

Align Top

Aligns tops of selected shapes.

Align Middle

Vertically aligns midpoints of selected shapes.

Align Bottom

Aligns bottoms of selected shapes.

 

 

 

Distribute Section

 

This section appears when three or more shapes have been selected.

 

Button

Description

Distribute Horizontally

Distributes the selected shapes so that the horizontal distance between each shape's center point becomes equal.

Distribute Vertically

Distributes the selected shapes so that the vertical distance between each shape's center point becomes equal.

 

 

 


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