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Chapter 10. Multiple Items > To rotate, scale, or skew copies of an item using ...

To rotate, scale, or skew copies of an item using Super Step and Repeat:

1.
Choose the Item tool.

2.
Select one text box, picture box, text path, or line (Not a group—sorry! Maybe someday.) To transform from a point on a Bézier, select that point now.

Figure 1. Select an item.


3.
Choose Item > Super Step and Repeat.

4.
In the Repeat Count field, enter or choose the number of duplicates you want created .

Figure 2. Use the Super Step & Repeat dialog box for single or multiple transformations.


5.
In the Horizontal Offset field, enter the distance you want each copy to be placed on the horizontal axis (x) relative to the original. A positive value positions the copies to the right of the original; a negative value positions the copies to the left.

and

In the Vertical Offset field, enter the distance you want the each copy to be placed on the vertical axis (y) relative to the original. A positive value positions the copies above the original; a negative value positions the copies below the original. The duplicates must be able to fit within the pasteboard.

6.
Intermediate duplicates, if any, will be assigned incremental angles, frame widths, line widths, shades, scale values, or skew values, depending on values entered in the dialog box. Change any of the following:

The Angle, to have each duplicate be rotated counterclockwise by that amount, relative to the original or the previous duplicate .

Figure 3. After using Super Step & Repeat to rotate copies of the item using the settings shown in the previous figure.


The End Frame/Line Width or End Line Width for the final duplicate item. Each duplicate will be successively larger/smaller than the last, until the end width is reached. You can't use a value that won't fit on the final item. The current width of the selected line or frame will be entered automatically.

The End Box Shade or End Line Shade (0%–100%) for the final duplicate box or line. Intermediate duplicates will be assigned incremental shades between the original and final shades. 100% is the default.

If your box contains a blend, the End Box Shade 2 (0%–100%) for the background shade in the final box.

For a text path or line whose line style has multiple dashes or stripes, the End Gap Shade (0%–100%) for the gap color in the final line. Intermediate gaps will be assigned incremental shades.

The End Item Scale or End Line Scale (1%-1000%) for the final duplicate . (To scale a frame on a duplicate box or boxes, enter a final size in the End Frame/Line Width field.)

Figure 1. Select an item.


Figure 2. From the Rotate & Scale Relative To pop-up menu, choose the point around or from which the item will be rotated or scaled.


Figure 3. This is after using the Super Step & Repeat settings shown in the previous figure to create incrementally larger copies of the item. Unfortunately, only absolute Offset values can be entered—not a percentage—so the items are equidistant from each other, and thus piled on top of each other.


The End Item Skew (-75° to 75°) for the skew angle of the final duplicate. Both the box and its contents will be skewed. This works for boxes only, not for paths or lines.

7.
To scale the contents of the item (text or picture) in addition to the box or path itself, check Scale Contents.

8.
From the Rotate & Scale Relative To pop-up menu, choose the point around which the item will be rotated or scaled. If a point is chosen on a Bézier item, the Selected Point option will be available.

9.
Click OK. Unfortunately, there is no Apply button. If you don't like the results, choose Undo or press Cmd-K/Ctrl-K—only the duplicates will disappear, not the original object.

Figure 1. The original item



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