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Reflecting Objects

Reflecting flips a selected object or objects about a specific axis. Often you will want mirror images of the objects you draw. For example, the shape you just created is the left side of the canister. The other side is the same shape flipped to the right. FreeHand provides several ways to reflect objects: using the Reflect tool, the Reflect panel, and the Mirror tool. The Reflect panel and the Reflect tool accomplish the same tasks. Depending on your preferences, you may find one easier to use than the other. For example, with the Reflect tool, you see the results on the screen as you use the tool. With the Reflect panel, you enter the axis angle you want to use for the reflection.

You will now make a copy of the shape you just created and then use the Reflect tool to flip it about the vertical axis. Later in this lesson, you will use the Reflect panel and the Mirror tool.


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