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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 red-circle-a.jpg, do one 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.

The accompanying figure red-circle-b.jpg shows the results of the two types of flipping.

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red-circle-b.jpg These are the results of flipping an element by using the Flip commands in the Modify > Transform submenu.

To rotate an element by a user-specified amount

  1. Select the element and access the Transform panel red-circle-c.jpg. If the panel isn’t open, choose Window > Transform.
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    red-circle-c.jpg You can use the Transform panel to rotate graphic elements in precise increments. Select the Rotate radio button and use the hot-text control to enter a value for the degrees of rotation. Positive values rotate the element clockwise; negative values rotate it counterclockwise.

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

To skew an element by a user-specified amount

  1. Select the element you want to skew and access the Transform panel.
  2. Select the Skew radio button.
  3. Use the Skew Horizontal and Skew Vertical hot-text controls to enter the desired skew values red-circle-d.jpg.
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    Image Use the Transform panel to skew selected elements. You can set separate values for horizontal and vertical skewing.

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 select the Rotate and Skew modifier red-circle-e.jpg.
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    red-circle-e.jpg Select the free-transform tool’s Rotate and Skew modifier to access handles for rotating or skewing a selected element interactively.

    A transform box (similar to the element’s bounding box but with square handles) encloses the element.

  3. To modify the selected element, do one or both of the following:
    • To rotate the element, position the pointer over one of the corner handles. The pointer changes to a circular arrow. Drag to rotate the element around its transformation point red-circle-f.jpg.
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      red-circle-f.jpg With the free-transform tool’s Rotate and Skew modifier selected, you can drag one of the corner handles of a selected element’s transform box to rotate that element (top), or drag one of the side handles to skew the element (bottom).

    • To skew the element, position the pointer over one of the side handles of the transform box. The pointer changes to a two-way arrowhead. Drag the side handle to skew the element.
  4. Release the mouse button.
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