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Chapter 7. Using Adobe Illustrator CS2 > Applying Transformations

Applying Transformations

Illustrator has five basic transformation functions: Move, Rotate, Scale, Reflect, and Shear. Illustrator also has a Free Transform tool and a feature called Transform Each that enables you to apply transformations to multiple objects with one click. You can also use the Transform palette, which makes for quick and precise transformations. I know it sounds confusing, but hang in there because this will all be second nature before you know it.

Before we talk about transformations, I want to point out one particular keyboard shortcut that is a real time saver. Holding down the Command (Ctrl) key at any time activates the most recent arrow selection tool you've used. For example, if you last used the Selection tool, pressing this keyboard shortcut while using any of Illustrator's other tools temporarily activates the Selection tool. If the Direct Select or Group Select tool is active, you get the Selection tool; if the Selection tool is active, you get the Direct Selection tool.


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