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Flipping, Rotating, and Skewing

Flash lets you flip, rotate, and skew selected elements. You can either manipulate elements freely with the free-transform tool’s Rotate and Skew modifier or use a variety of commands to do the job with more precision.

To flip a graphic element:

  1. Select the element you want to flip.
  2. Choose Modify > Transform.
  3. From the submenu black-circle-a.jpg, choose either of the following:
    • To reorient the element so that it spins 180 degrees around its horizontal central axis like a Rolodex card file, choose Flip Vertical.
    • To reorient the element so that it spins 180 degrees around its vertical central axis like a weathervane, choose Flip Horizontal.

    black-circle-b.jpg shows the results of the two types of flipping.

To rotate an element in 90-degree increments:

  1. Select the element you want to rotate.
  2. Choose Modify > Transform black-circle-d.jpg.
  3. From the submenu, choose either of the following:
    • To rotate the element clockwise 90 degrees, choose Rotate 90° CW.
    • To rotate the element counterclockwise 90 degrees, choose Rotate 90° CCW.

To rotate an element by a user-specified amount:

  1. Select the element and access the Transform panel black-circle-e.jpg.

    If the panel isn’t open, choose Window > Transform.

  2. Select the Rotate radio button.
  3. To specify the direction and amount of rotation, do either of the following:
    • To rotate the element counterclockwise, use the Rotate hot text to enter a negative value (–0.1 to –360).
    • To rotate the element clockwise, use the Rotate hot text to enter a positive value (0.1 to 360).

      Click the hot text to enter a precise value; drag the hot text’s invisible slider to choose a value interactively.

To skew an element by a user-specified amount:

  1. With the Transform panel open, select the element you want to skew.
  2. In the Transform panel, select the Skew radio button.
  3. Using the Skew Horizontal and Skew Vertical hot text, enter the desired skew values black-circle-g.jpg.

    Click the hot text to enter a precise value; drag the hot text’s invisible slider to choose a value interactively.

To rotate or skew an element interactively:

  1. Select an element to rotate or skew.
  2. In the Tools panel, select the free-transform tool; then click the Rotate and Skew modifier black-circle-h.jpg.

    A transform box (similar to the element’s bounding box, but with square handles at the corners and on all four sides) encloses the element.

  3. To modify the selected element, do either of the following:
  4. Release the mouse button.

    Flash redraws the modified element.

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