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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Using Transform Options for Shapes

Using Transform Options for Shapes

In addition to the scale and rotation changes that can be applied to groups, symbols, bitmaps, and text as well as editable shapes, there are two additional transforms available only to editable shapes. Distort and Envelope are two modes available in the Free Transform tool options that enable you to transform the vectors of editable shapes to varying degrees. Distort transformations work on adjoining edges, tapering them down to vanishing points, similar to perspective. Envelope transformations allow you to warp the edges of a shape by splitting it up into smaller portions each controlled by their own vectors and anchor points.

Distort a Shape

Select the object by clicking on it or by dragging a selection marquee around it.

Click the Free Transform tool in the Toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press Q to select the Free Transform tool.

Click the Distort Modifier button in the Options area of the Toolbar.

Drag any of the corner handles on the bounding box to distort the shape.

Drag any of the side handles on the bounding box to skew or stretch the shape.

Change the Envelope of a Shape

Select the object by clicking on it or by dragging a selection marquee around it.

Click the Free Transform tool in the Toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press Q to select the Free Transform tool.

Click the Envelope Modifier button in the Options area of the Toolbar.

Drag any of the handles on the bounding box to pull the shape in any direction or use the Bézier handles to fine tune the curves.

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