Day 15: Transforming & Moving Objects

In this lesson, you will learn how to quickly resize and rotate objects using the Transform functions. I will be showing some useful transform tricks to create random rotating objects using Transform Each function.

Resizing Objects

Method 1: Select the object with Selection Tool and the bounding box will appear. Select the corner handle and resize while holding Shift to constrain proportion.


Method 2: To resize from the origin point (the center point of the object), hold Alt/Option while holding Shift.


Rotating Objects

Method 1: Select the object with Selection Tool and the bounding box will appear. Select the corner handle and rotate to turn the object.


Method 2: To rotate the object from a corner, select the Rotate Tool. Click once at the corner to set the rotation point, next grab the opposite corner and rotate the object.

Method 3: At times you may want to rotate to a specific angle. To do this, select the Rotate Tool and Alt/Option click on the point your want to rotate from. The option window pops up. Enter your Angle and click OK.

Shearing Objects

Select the Shear Tool. Click and drag to shear the object. Hold Shift to constrain horizontally or vertically.

Reflecting Objects

Select the Reflect Tool, Alt/Option click to select the reflection axis.

An option window pop us select Vertical and click Copy.

You will get a star mirrored to the right.

Transform Each Object

To quickly transform a number of objects we can use the Transform Each function. Select your objects and go Transform>Transform Each. Under the settings, I have randomly rotate the squares to a maximum angle of 30 degrees and enlarge them to a maximum of 150%. Make sure to check Random if you want each object to have random settings.

Repeating the Last Transformation Again

There’s a very useful function call Transform Each to redo your last transformation. You can easily duplicate a row of objects or rotate an object using this trick. With your object selected with the Selection Tool, Alt/Option and drag a new instance to the right while holding Shift. Press Ctrl/Command+D to duplicate a few more instances.

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    Khawla August 10th

    I liked the repeat trick. The duplicates will follow the direction of the drag.

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    design2d February 6th

    Thank you! Those tricks were useful.

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    David February 7th

    Great job.
    Didn’t know about rotating around a corner with the rotate tool ๐Ÿ˜›

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    weza zizo March 22nd

    coool duplicate trick

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    joseluis garabit April 3rd

    i already know that trick because of Corel, thats why i would know if illustrator could do a geometric progression, I mean, this same last trick but recognizing the las change whit a similar progressionfor the next one. For example, I duplicate, then turn 30 degress the duplicated one, then command D to duplicated the turned one, IT WILL APPEAR THE NEW DUPLICATION TURNED PLUS 30 DEGRESS. AND EACH NEXT DUPLICATE (COMMAND+D) THE NEW ONE WILL KEEP TURNING. THAT IS VERY USEFUL.

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    Justin Escamilla June 3rd

    I know about this tip from Corel as well, however, for some reason when I hit ctrl+d in Illustrator it creates a new one following the same rotation degree but the previous one goes away and I’m left with only the new one, is there a setting I need to change for duplicates or something? Like keep original?

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    Sorry, nevermind… I got it.

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