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Chapter 3. Transforming Objects > Making multiple transformations

Making multiple transformations

Now you’ll create multiple copies of the business card, and replicate the symbol instances in a few easy steps.

1.
Double-click the Hand tool () in the toolbox to zoom out and fit the artwork in the window.

2.
Choose Select > All to select all the objects on the business card.

3.
Choose Object > Transform > Transform Each.

The Move options in the Transform Each dialog box let you move objects in a specified or random direction. Now you’ll move a copy of the selected objects down 2 inches from the original objects.

4.
In the Transform Each dialog box, enter –2 in in the Move Vertical text field, leave the other settings as they are, and click Copy (don’t click OK).

Move object down 2 inches and copy it.

5.
Choose Object > Transform > Transform Again to create a third copy.

Now you’ll use the keyboard shortcut to repeat the transformations.

6.
Press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac OS) twice to transform two additional times, creating a total of five cards in the column.

You can also apply multiple transformations as an effect, including scaling, moving, rotating, and reflecting an object. After selecting the objects, choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. The dialog box looks the same as the Transform Each dialog box. Transforming as an effect has the advantage of letting you change or remove the transformation at any time.


Next you’ll use some shortcuts to make a copy of the column.

7.
Press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (Mac OS) to select everything on the five business cards, and right-click (Windows) or Ctrl+click (Mac OS) in the window to display a shortcut menu. Choose Transform > Transform Each from the shortcut menu.

8.
This time in the Transform Each dialog box, enter 3.5 in in the Move Horizontal text field and 0 in in the Move Vertical text field. Leave the other settings as they are, and click Copy (don’t click OK).

9.
To clear the window so that you can view the finished artwork, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) and click outside the artwork to deselect it. Then choose View > Guides > Hide Guides to hide the blue guidelines, and press Tab to close the toolbox and palettes.

Pressing Tab toggles between hiding and showing the toolbox and all the palettes. Pressing Shift+Tab alternately hides or shows only the palettes.

10.
Choose File > Save and then choose File > Close.


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