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Other Transform Oddities

Master Your Proxies

When I use the Scale or Rotate tool or those fields in the Control palette, I'm never exactly sure what's about to happen. Will the object rotate from the center or from a corner? Will the Scale tool grow the object up and to the right, or down and to the left? It usually takes me at least three tries to get it right.


Ex-QuarkXPress users are constantly challenged by the subtlties of the reference point (also called “proxy”). Except for the Free Transform tool, all the transform tools and related palette fields rely on the selected point in the proxy, which lives at the far left of the Control palette, and in the top left corner of the Transform palette. This point tells them where to transform from.



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