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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Since we know that Illustrator is underlying graphics architecture or vector based graphics are all based with mathematics meaning that it calculates the position of all these anchor points. Any time you adjust an object, it refers to as something called the transform or transformation. That could be something as simple as taking an object and moving its position from one place to another on the page. It could also mean rotating it or enlarging it as well. In this movie specifically, we will talk about moving and copying objects around in your page. I have a file, which you are probably going to be using for most of this particular chapter. It's called transforming_objects; you will find that in chapter11 in your exercise files folder. Let's actually start here with this body suit. I'll click on it right now, I'm using my regular Selection tool and if I want to move it, I can simply drag and move it as well and if I want to move it, I simply click on it and drag it.
However, there may be times when you want to move something in a precise way, for example, you want to move it exactly one inch up or one inch down or so on and so forth. You can do that by double clicking on the Arrow tool itself with an object selected. So I'll double click on the Selection tool and the Move dialog box appears. Here I could change the horizontal or vertical position. Let's say, I want to make it move up one inch, I can say, go to Vertical and I'll type in 1 inch and then if I type the Tab key, I have the Preview button here checked. I can see that it moves up exactly one inch. If I like that I can go and then click OK or I can click on the Copy button, which actually moves a copy of that up one inch but leaves original intact.
I'll press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo that because there is yet another way to copy objects as well. If you just want to create a copy of an object, obviously you can copy and paste or alternatively hold down the Option key on your keyboard, if you are on a PC hold down the Alt key. Notice how your cursor changes from single arrow to double arrow when you do that. That indicates that that you will be dragging not the original but actually a copy of your object as you do that. So again I'll hold down the Option key and then I'll drag and now I'm not moving the original, I'm actually moving a copy of the original. So when doing simple edits, you can either copy objects by Option or Alt dragging them or double click on the Selection tool and specify an exact amount.
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