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Rotating Items

You are almost done; but don’t take a break yet. The last task to complete the film canister is to add some text. You want the text to appear vertically on the canister. You can rotate items in several ways: you can use the Rotate tool, the Rotate panel, or the transformation handles.

Select the Text tool and type the following text: ISO 200 FILM. Format the text as Arial Black, 10 points.

Place the text to the side of the film canister for now. You will move it on top of the canister after you rotate it.


The size of the text depends on the size of your canister. You can change the point size if you need to after you rotate the text.

Choose Window > Toolbars > Info.

The Info toolbar displays the X,Y position of the pointer and the center point and angle of rotation as you rotate the text.


In Windows, the information is also displayed in the Status toolbar.

Select the Rotate tool on the Tools panel.

Remember that the Rotate tool is grouped with the Scale and Reflect tools. You get the same star cursor as with the Reflect and Scale tools.

Click within the text block and hold down the mouse button. Move the pointer away from the text block and drag up until you see “angle:90” displayed in the Info panel.

The place you clicked becomes the center of rotation. By moving the pointer away from the center point, you can more easily control the angle of rotation. The closer the pointer is to the center point, the faster the object rotates around the center point. If you add Shift as you rotate the object, the rotation is constrained to 45-degree angles.

Use the Pointer tool to move the text block above the bar code.

After you place the text block, you may need to change the point size. You can still change the size even though the text block is rotated. Use the Object panel as you normally would to change the size.

Save your file.

Although the Rotate tool is easy to use, there are times when you may prefer to use the other methods of rotating objects. For example, if you know the angle you want to use, you can enter the angle on the Rotate panel instead of dragging the object around a center point. To access the panel, double-click the tool as you did to access the Reflect panel. Type the rotation angle and then click Rotate. Notice that you can choose to rotate only the object and not the contents and fills. (Deselect both Contents and Fills on the panel to rotate only the outline of the object.) This option is available only when you use the Rotate panel.

You can also double-click the object with the Pointer tool to display the transformation handles. Move the pointer to one of the corner handles until you see the curved double arrow. Hold down Shift as you drag around the object to constrain the rotation. Press Tab to release the transformation handles.



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