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How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator

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Video: How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator

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How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator

Hi there, welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and this week, we're going to be taking a look at how to use the Rotate tool inside of Adobe Illustrator in a really interesting way. First things first. We need to create a new document. So, let's go to the File menu and choose New. And we'll create a 1024 by 768 document, that's okay. And so, basically what we're talking about here is how to rotate objects around a circle. And when I first started using Illustrator, this was one of the most confusing things in the world to me, because I just could not for the life of me figure out how to do it.

So, this is what I would do, I would create a circle, and then I would take something like maybe a rectangle and I would draw it out. So, let's say I was doing like a Clock icon or something. Let's just make this a different color so you could actually see it. And take the stroke off, there we go. So, I'd put something like this, up at the top, and then, of course, the easiest one to do would be the one right underneath it, alright? So, I'll just paste a copy of that, take it straight down, there we go, and then you could also just take these. Copy, paste them, an then rotate them around, to create those.

So, that was actually pretty easily done. The problem that I had was creating the little tick marks in-between. So, let's take a look at exactly how I did that. Let's go ahead and remove those, an we'll just start out with this guy right here. And so what I'm going to do, is I'm just going to invoke the Rotate tool by pressing the letter R on my keyboard. And once I do that, you're going to see this small little blue target right in the middle of that bar right there. And so, if I then find the center point of the circle that it's surrounded by. And you can see that little green center where it pops up.

That's because smart guides are turned on. If I click right there, that's going to make that the reference point now, for that rectangle. An so, if I wanted to rotate it around the path, watch this. It just rotates around in a perfect, circular fashion. And so, what I would do then, is just set up something like, this, a 45 degree angle, and then I would just do this. Hold down the Option key on the Mac, the Alt key on the PC, then I would release my mouse, and then I would release the keys on my keyboard. Then I could just do this. Cmd or Ctrl+D, all the way around, to create the main spokes of the Clock icon, or whatever it is I happen to be working on.

And then, I could do the same thing for the small ones, all in between there. It would not be that difficult. So, remember when you're using the Rotate tool, use that little blue reference point. I use it all the time for many different things. So, play with it and see what kind of stuff you can come up with. I think you'll be really amazed at just how much more efficient your workflow becomes when you know the little subtle tricks that come with tools like this.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
    2. How to send feedback
  2. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s

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