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Lesson 2. Using Vector Tools > Using the Scale Tool

Using the Scale Tool

The Scale tool can be used both to scale and rotate an object. With the Scale tool, you can proportionally scale an object, or you can distort the object by dragging a handle on one of the sides.

1.
With the triangle still selected, choose the Scale tool on the Tools panel.

Handles appear around the triangle.

Move the pointer close to (but not touching) one of the corner handles. The pointer changes to a circular arrow, indicating that you are in rotating mode.

Move the pointer on top of one of the handles. The cursor changes to a double-ended arrow, indicating that you are in scale mode.

2.
Using the Scale cursor, drag one of the handles, moving it in toward the center.

You want a skinny triangle. When the triangle is the size you want, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Macintosh) to set the size. Once you change the size of the triangle, it may move off the center of your guides. Use the arrow keys to nudge the triangle back to the center of the guide. The bottom vertex of the triangle should be on the vertical guide.


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