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1: How can you select and manipulate individual objects in a group?
A1: You can use the group-selection tool ( ) to select individual objects or subgroups of objects within a group and change them without affecting the rest of the group.
2: How do you resize an object? How do you determine the point from which the object resizes? How do you resize a group of objects proportionally?
A2: You can resize an object by selecting it and dragging handles on its bounding box or by using the scale tool, the Transform palette, or Object > Transform > Scale to specify exact dimensions. You can also scale by choosing Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform.

To determine the point of origin from which the objects scale, select a reference point in the Transform palette, in the Transform Effect or Transform Each dialog box, or click in the artwork with the scale tool. Holding down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and dragging the bounding box or double-clicking the scale tool will resize a selected object from its center point.

Shift-dragging a corner handle on the bounding box scales the objects proportionally, as will specifying a uniform scale value in the Scale dialog box or multiples of the dimensionsin the Width and Height text boxes in the Transform palette.

3: What transformations can you make using the Transform palette?
A3: You use the Transform palette for:
  • Moving or strategically placing objects in your artwork (by specifying the X and Y coordinates and the point of origin).

  • Scaling (by specifying the width and height of selected objects).

  • Rotating (by specifying the angle of rotation).

  • Shearing (by specifying the angle of distortion).

  • Reflecting (by flipping selected objects vertically or horizontally).

4: What does the square diagram indicate in the Transform palette, and how will it affect your transformations?
A4: The square diagram in the Transform palette indicates the bounding box of the selected objects. Select a reference point in the square to indicate the point of origin from which the objects will move, scale, rotate, shear, or reflect.
5: What is an easy way to change perspective? List three other types of transformations you can do with the free transform tool.
A5: An easy way to change the perspective of selected objects is to select the free transform tool ( ), hold down Shift+Alt+Ctrl (Windows) or Shift+Option+Command (Mac OS), and drag a corner handle on the bounding box.

Other types of transformations you can do with the free transform tool are distorting, scaling, shearing, rotating, and reflecting.


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