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Chapter 9. Transforming > Transformation Basics

Transformation Basics

There are many ways to transform an object on an InDesign page or pasteboard. Select the object using the Selection tool, then:

  • Drag one of the object’s selection handles to scale the object (but not necessarily the contents of that object).

  • Select a transformation tool from the Tools palette, set the center of transformation (if necessary), and drag the tool.

  • Display the Transform palette or Control palette and enter values in the palette field corresponding to the transformation you want to apply—or choose a preset value from the pop-up menu associated with that field.

  • Choose one of the “preset” rotation or reflection options from the Transform palette menu or Control palette menu.

  • Double-click one of the transformation tools in the Toolbox to display the corresponding transform dialog box (double-click the Rotate tool, for example, to display the Rotation dialog box).

  • Select the Free Transform tool, then apply a transformation by dragging inside the object, outside the object, or on the object’s selection handles. See “Using the Free Transform Tool,” later in this chapter.

  • Scale an object by pressing keyboard shortcuts. See “Scaling with Keyboard Shortcuts,” later in this chapter.


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