Using the Transform Palette

The Transform palette displays information about the location, size, and orientation of one or more selected objects. By entering new values, you can modify the selected objects. All values in the palette refer to the bounding boxes of the objects.

You can also use commands in the Transform palette menu for such actions as flipping an object across the path or scaling the stroke weight.

To use the Transform palette:

  1. Choose Window > Show Transform.
  2. With the selection tool, select the object or objects to transform.
  3. Enter options in the Transform palette:
  • To select the reference point from which you are modifying the selection, click a handle on the square representing the object’s bounding box.
  • To change a selection to a horizontal orientation, enter a value in the X text box.
  • To change a selection to a vertical orientation, enter a value in the Y text box.
  • To change the width of a selection’s bounding box, enter a value in the W text box.
  • To change the height of a selection’s bounding box, enter a value in the H text box.
  • To rotate a selection, enter a new angle between and 360 degrees in the Angle text box, or choose value from the pop-up menu.
  • To shear a selection, enter a value in the Shear text box, or choose a value from the pop-up menu.
  1. Press Tab, Enter, or Return to apply the change.

To use commands in the Transform palette menu:

  1. Choose Window > Show Transform.
  2. With the selection tool, select the object or objects to transform.
  3. Choose a command from the palette menu:
  • To reflect a selection horizontally, choose Flip Horizontal.
  • To reflect a selection vertically, choose Flip Vertical.
  • To include the stroke when an object is transformed, choose Scale Strokes & Effects.
  • To transform only the object, choose Transform Object Only.
  • To transform only the pattern, choose Transform Pattern Only.
  • To transform both the object and pattern, choose Transform Both.

Note: To ensure that values entered in the Info and Transform palettes include stroke weight and effects, choose Edit > Preferences > General, select the Display Preview Bounds option, and click OK.

Modifying shapes with filters and effects

Illustrator provides a variety of filters and effects for changing an object’s shape and path direction. Using these commands as filters alters the original object’s shape, whereas applying them as effects just changes the appearance of the object without altering the underlying structure of the object.

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