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Chapter 10. MOVE AND TRANSFORM > Using the Transformation Handles

Using the Transformation Handles

At times it may be cumbersome to stop working on artwork to choose the scale or rotation tools. The Transformation handles let you modify objects directly on the page without needing to change tools.

To use the Transformation handles:

1.
With the Pointer tool active, double-click the selected object. A rectangular box with eight Transformation handles appears 35.

Figure 35. The Transformation handles around a grouped object.


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Hold the Cmd/Ctrl key to temporarily switch to the Pointer tool.


2.
Move the cursor near the handles to transform the selection as described in the following exercises.

3.
Move the cursor inside the box. The four-headed arrow indicates you can move the objects to a new position 36.

Figure 36. The Move cursor indicates that you can move the objects and the Transformation handles.


4.
Drag the Transformation point icon away from the center of the object. This changes the point around which the transformation occurs 37.

Figure 37. Move the Transformation point icon to change the point around which the transformation occurs.


5.
Double-click outside the box to clear the Transformation handles.


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