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Transforming objects

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Video: Transforming objects

Throughout this training series, we've talked a little bit about transforming objects, but I want to go a little bit more into detail here. We're going to be transforming this little arabesque ribbon here. So I'm going to select the Direct Select tool and click on the little graphic here, as we can play with it. We know that once we click on an object, we get a bounding box that allows us to do most transformations, at least most common transformations. And we can resize it horizontally by clicking one of the dots on either side here, or the anchor points we'll call them. I'm just going to undo that. We could resize this vertically by clicking on one of the center points on the top line or on the bottom line.

Transforming objects

Throughout this training series, we've talked a little bit about transforming objects, but I want to go a little bit more into detail here. We're going to be transforming this little arabesque ribbon here. So I'm going to select the Direct Select tool and click on the little graphic here, as we can play with it. We know that once we click on an object, we get a bounding box that allows us to do most transformations, at least most common transformations. And we can resize it horizontally by clicking one of the dots on either side here, or the anchor points we'll call them. I'm just going to undo that. We could resize this vertically by clicking on one of the center points on the top line or on the bottom line.

I'm just going to undo that again, by hitting Command+Z or Ctrl+Z a couple of times. If we click on the corner point, we can resize this, both vertically and horizontally if we choose to. Adding the Shift key will make sure that our proportions are constrained. We don't want to take this, if it's an image, we don't want to go above 100%. So whatever the original size was, we don't want to go bigger than that, because then it starts looking pixelated and fuzzy, so that's not a good idea. But we can use Shift to make this proportionately smaller or larger.

Now if I add Option to the mix, or actually I don't have to hold down Shift for this, but if I hold down the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on the PC, then I scale from the center. If I just scale, by default, I'm scaling from typically the opposite corner. So I'm scaling from the lower left-hand corner with this particular graphic and again, Option or Alt makes it so that it scales from the center. So if I hold the Shift key and the Option key, or the Shift key and the Alt key on the PC, then I'm going to scale it from the center, and I'm going to scale proportionately.

Now, if you're playing around with your object and you get something really screwy like this, let me just stretch this really out of proportion here, in other Adobe programs, you could press the Escape key, and it will cancel the transformation, and I'm not able to do that here. So I hit Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo that. With an object selected, you could also go up to the Object menu, and there are several ways to transform an object here. If I want to rotate something 180 degrees or 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, I could do this here without having to guess while I'm rotating. I could also arrange this.

If there are layers of objects, I can change their arrangement by bringing other objects forward or backwards. I could also flip this horizontally, and I could also flip it vertically as well from the Object menu. And so you will probably notice that most of the tutorials from this chapter have come from this great Object menu, which allows us to Align, Distribute objects as well as Arrange and Rotate them and Flip them. And there is also a special Drop Shadow option here. If you wanted to add a Drop Shadow here from the Styles panel, there's not really any control over it and because Drop Shadows are so common, it's often advisable to go to the Object menu and apply a Drop Shadow that way.

So that way you could manually control different parameters, such as the Opacity of the Drop Shadow and the Angle and also the Distance from the object, which is an important one for text. Sometimes you just want it a little bit like that, and it works perfect. But you might want something appearing to fly off the page and a lot of distance helps with that illusion. But if you wanted to add a Drop Shadow that way and have manual control over all the properties of a Drop Shadow, this is one way to do it as well. So again, if you're going to transform an object, if you have something, and you go to the Library panel, drag an image, or a shape, or something like that, oftentimes the Object menu can help you shape it and mold it to get it where you want it to be.

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  1. 4m 43s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. What is Encore?
      1m 33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 15s
    4. Reconnecting unlinked media
      58s
  2. 16m 10s
    1. Project overview
      1m 12s
    2. Importing content
      1m 55s
    3. Using included content
      2m 2s
    4. Adding a menu to a project
      2m 42s
    5. What are timelines?
      2m 3s
    6. Creating links and navigation
      3m 13s
    7. Exporting
      3m 3s
  3. 21m 28s
    1. Understanding disc formats
      3m 7s
    2. About television standards
      1m 40s
    3. What is transcoding?
      4m 47s
    4. Exporting video for Encore
      2m 39s
    5. Bits vs. bytes
      2m 3s
    6. The importance of bit budgeting
      1m 46s
    7. About pixel aspect ratios
      2m 52s
    8. About overscan and safe areas
      2m 34s
  4. 13m 5s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 57s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 44s
    3. Importing assets as Encore objects
      1m 35s
    4. Using the Project panel
      3m 49s
  5. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding menus
      40s
    2. Creating menus with the Library panel
      4m 37s
    3. Editing menus
      3m 41s
    4. The Menu Viewer vs. the Menus panel
      1m 20s
    5. Creating motion menus
      4m 16s
    6. About submenus
      2m 13s
  6. 20m 34s
    1. The anatomy of a button
      3m 42s
    2. Creating buttons
      1m 55s
    3. Editing buttons
      1m 24s
    4. Viewing and adjusting button routing
      3m 27s
    5. Creating video buttons
      3m 19s
    6. Understanding subpicture states
      1m 45s
    7. Changing subpicture colors
      5m 2s
  7. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Monitor
      55s
    2. Creating chapter markers
      3m 18s
    3. Setting poster frames
      3m 38s
    4. Creating chapter points automatically
      1m 47s
    5. Editing video in the timeline
      2m 35s
    6. The Timeline Viewer vs. the Timeline panel
      1m 22s
  8. 8m 9s
    1. Creating navigation with the Flowchart
      2m 45s
    2. Setting a "first play" object
      1m 12s
    3. Auto-selecting button names from links
      1m 20s
    4. Creating user permissions for a disc
      2m 52s
  9. 11m 13s
    1. Creating and adjusting text
      4m 5s
    2. Applying styles
      2m 27s
    3. Automatically arranging objects
      1m 8s
    4. Transforming objects
      3m 33s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Introducing slideshows
      4m 45s
    2. Adjusting slideshow properties
      3m 26s
    3. Adding motion and transitions
      4m 26s
    4. Syncing slideshows to audio
      3m 20s
    5. Slideshows and bit budgeting
      1m 33s
  11. 6m 43s
    1. What is a playlist?
      3m 45s
    2. Using chapter playlists
      2m 58s
  12. 17m 25s
    1. Using audio in Encore
      1m 47s
    2. Adding audio to a menu
      1m 1s
    3. Allowing users to change languages
      6m 27s
    4. Creating subtitles
      2m 8s
    5. Importing and exporting subtitles
      2m 47s
    6. Changing subtitle color
      3m 15s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. The power of end action overrides
      2m 52s
    2. Using replacement layers
      2m 4s
    3. Looping motion menus
      3m 7s
    4. Replacing a menu
      1m 54s
    5. Creating a chapter index
      2m 32s
    6. Using photos as subpictures
      4m 59s
  14. 12m 41s
    1. Creating "Easter eggs"
      2m 13s
    2. Making games
      2m 13s
    3. Using menu transitions
      1m 49s
    4. Using subpictures as art
      3m 22s
    5. Creating a video menu
      3m 4s
  15. 5m 17s
    1. Why use Encore as a presentation tool?
      37s
    2. Creating slideshows with manual advance
      1m 35s
    3. Creating captions on slides
      1m 29s
    4. Adding data content to discs
      1m 36s
  16. 11m 37s
    1. Making menus in Photoshop
      1m 42s
    2. The button set codes
      1m 41s
    3. The subpicture highlight codes
      1m 18s
    4. The replacement layer code
      2m 34s
    5. The video button code
      1m 42s
    6. The submenu navigation codes
      1m 38s
    7. Using pre-built menus as templates
      1m 2s
  17. 7m 33s
    1. Introducing Blu-ray discs
      2m 55s
    2. Creating Blu-ray pop-up menus
      2m 59s
    3. Previewing pop-up menus over a timeline
      1m 39s
  18. 11m 5s
    1. Encore's automatic letterbox
      2m 27s
    2. Checking your project for errors
      2m 18s
    3. Outputting to disc
      2m 40s
    4. Creating Flash web sites
      3m 40s
  19. 5m 36s
    1. Duplication vs. replication
      2m 8s
    2. About copy protection
      1m 6s
    3. About region encoding
      1m 9s
    4. Fixing the audio_TS problem
      1m 13s
  20. 4m 54s
    1. Importing sequences from Premiere Pro
      1m 42s
    2. Creating motion menus in After Effects
      1m 49s
    3. Making buttons and subpictures in After Effects
      1m 23s
  21. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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