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Chapter 4. WORKING WITH OBJECTS > Using the Transform Palette

Using the Transform Palette

The Transform palette allows you to move, scale, rotate, and shear objects precisely, using numerical values.

To open the Transform palette:

  • Choose Window>Transform to open the palette .

    Figure 4.21. The Transform palette.


    or

    If the Transform palette is behind other palettes, click the Transform palette tab.

To set the palette orientation:

  • Choose Vertical palette or Horizontal palette from the submenu .

    Figure 4.22. The vertical and horizontal displays of the Transform palette.


To set the transform point:

1.
Select the object you want to move.

2.
Click the reference point control to choose what point in the object the move coordinates should occur around .

Figure 4.23. The Reference point controls where in the object the transformation occurs.


To move an object with the Transform palette:

1.
Select the object you want to move.

2.
To move the object horizontally, enter an amount in the X field.

Tip

As you increase the numbers, the object moves to the right.

3.
To move the object vertically, enter an amount in the Y field.

Tip

As you increase the numbers, the object moves down.

4.
Press Enter or Return to apply the changes.

You can also resize objects using the Transform palette.

To resize with the Transform palette:

1.
Select an object or objects.

2.
If necessary, change the reference point as explained on the preceding page.

3.
To change the width of the object, enter an amount in the W field.

4.
To change the height of the object, enter an amount in the H field.

5.
Press Enter or Return to apply the changes.

You can also scale objects using the Transform palette. (See the warning about scaling objects in the sidebar on page 70.)

To scale with the Transform palette:

1.
Select an object or objects.

2.
If necessary, change the reference point as explained on the preceding page.

3.
To change the horizontal size, enter an amount in the scale X field.

4.
To change the height of the object, enter an amount in the scale Y field.

Tip

The scale X and Y fields also have popup lists to choose for the scaling.

5.
Press Enter or Return to apply the changes .

Figure 4.24. The effect of scaling an object. Notice that the size of the text inside the object changes.


You can also rotate objects using the Transform palette.

To rotate with the Transform palette:

1.
Select the object or objects.

2.
If necessary, change the transformation point, as explained on pages 71 and 74.

3.
Enter the amount of rotation in the rotation field.

Tip

The rotation field also has a pop-up list to choose for the rotation.

4.
Press Enter or Return to apply the changes .

Figure 4.25. The effect of rotating an object.


You can also shear objects using the Transform palette. (See the warning about shearing objects in the sidebar on page 70.)

To shear with the Transform palette:

1.
Select the object or objects you want to shear.

2.
If necessary, change the reference point, as explained on pages 71 and 74.

3.
Enter the amount of distortion in the shear field.

Tip

The shear field also has a pop-up list of amounts to choose for the distortion.

4.
Press Enter or Return to apply the changes .

Figure 4.26. The effect of shearing an object.


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