- Setting Selection Preferences
- Selecting Lines with the Selection Tool
- Selecting Fills with the Selection Tool
- Using a Selection Rectangle
- Using the Lasso Tool
- Deselecting Elements
- Repositioning Elements Manually
- Repositioning Elements Numerically
- Basic Editing Tasks: Cut, Copy, Paste
- Editing Existing Elements with Assistance
- Moving End Points with the Selection Tool
- Moving Points with the Subselection Tool
- Reshaping Curves with the Selection Tool
- Reshaping Curves with the Subselection Tool
- Converting, Removing, and Adding Points
- Reshaping Fills
- Changing the Size of Graphic Elements
- Reorienting Graphic Elements
- Distorting Graphic Elements
- Changing the Envelope of Selected Elements
- Modifying Strokes
- Using the Eraser Tool in Normal Mode
- Using the Faucet Modifier
- Modifying Fill Colors
- Creating Solid Colors: Color Mixer Panel
- Creating New Gradients
- Creating Color Sets
- Putting Gradients to Work
- Modifying Applied Gradients
- Applying Attributes of One Graphic Element to Another
- Converting Lines to Fills
Changing the Envelope of Selected Elements
Earlier in this chapter, you learned to use the subselection tool to manipulate the anchor points and Bézier curves that make up the path of a selected element. The free-transform tool's Envelope modifier lets you manipulate the anchor points and Bézier curves that make up the path of the transformational bounding box of a selection. That selection could be one element or several, but it must contain raw shapes. The Envelope modifier does not work with grouped elements or symbols, which you'll learn about in Chapters 4 and 6.
To reshape a selection's bounding box by using Bézier curves:
- Using the free-transform tool, select the element(s) you want to transform. A bounding box with transformational handles appears.
- In the Toolbar, select the Envelope modifier (
Figure 3.63 The free-transform tool's Envelope modifier allows you to reshape a selection by manipulating the Bézier curves that make up the selection's bounding box.
Figure 3.64 When you select multiple graphic elements with the free-transform tool, a single transformational bounding box surrounds all of them (left). Choosing the Envelope modifier hides the selection's center point and makes the box's Bézier handles available for manipulation (right).
- To reshape the bounding box, do one of the following:
- Position the pointer over a Bézier handle. The hollow-arrowhead pointer appears. Then click and drag the handle to redefine the curve (
Figure 3.65 You can use the free-transform tool in Envelope mode to reposition Bézier handles and move anchor points. All of the elements transform together.
- Position the pointer over an anchor point. The hollow-arrowhead pointer appears. Then click and drag the anchor point to a new location.
- Position the pointer over a Bézier handle. The hollow-arrowhead pointer appears. Then click and drag the handle to redefine the curve ( Figure 3.65 ).
- Release the mouse button. Flash redraws the curves, and all the selected elements transform together.