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Using the Transform Panel

The Transform panel allows you to move, scale, rotate, and shear objects precisely, using numerical values.

To open the Transform panel:

As you work with the Transform panel, it is important to know its reference point on the object. This is the same as the reference point used with the transform tools.

To set the Transform panel reference point:

  1. Select the object or objects that you want to transform.
  2. Click the reference point control on the Transform panel to choose the point around which the object moves letter-b.jpg.

You can use the Transform panel to move objects numerically.

To move an object with the Transform panel:

  1. Select the object or objects that you want to move.
  2. To move the object horizontally, enter an amount in the X field letter-c.jpg.
  3. To move the object vertically, enter an amount in the Y field letter-c.jpg.
  4. Press Enter or Return to apply the changes.

You can use the Transform panel to resize an object numerically.

To resize with the Transform panel:

  1. Select the object or objects.
  2. If necessary, change the reference point as explained on the preceding page.
  3. To change the width of the object, enter an amount in the W field letter-d.jpg.
  4. To change the height of the object, enter an amount in the H field letter-d.jpg.
  5. Press Enter or Return to resize the object.

You can resize proportionally even if you know the size for only one side of the object.

To resize proportionally:

  1. Select the object or objects.
  2. Enter the new size in the W field or H field letter-d.jpg.
  3. Hold Cmd/Ctrl as you press Enter or Return. The amount in both the W and H fields changes proportionally.

You can also scale using the Transform panel.

To scale with the Transform panel:

  1. Select the object or objects.
  2. If necessary, change the reference point.
  3. To change the horizontal size, enter a percentage in the Scale X field letter-a.jpg.
  4. To change the height of the object, enter a percentage in the Scale Y field letter-a.jpg.
  5. Press Enter or Return to apply the changes.

To scale proportionally with the Transform panel:

  1. Select an object or objects.
  2. If the Link icon is in the open state, click to close it letter-b.jpg.
  3. Enter an amount in either the Scale X or Scale Y fields. You do not have to enter an amount in both fields. The closed Link icon forces both fields to display the same amount.
  4. Press Enter or Return to apply the changes.

You can also rotate objects using the Transform panel.

To rotate with the Transform panel:

  1. Select the object or objects.
  2. If necessary, change the reference point.
  3. Enter the amount of rotation in the Rotation field letter-c.jpg.
  4. Press Enter or Return to apply the changes letter-d.jpg.

You can also shear objects using the Transform panel.

To shear with the Transform panel:

  1. Select the object or objects.
  2. If necessary, change the reference point.
  3. Enter the amount of distortion in the Shear field letter-e.jpg.
  4. Press Enter or Return to apply the changes letter-f.jpg.
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