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Another basic transformation that you'll probably have to make to your artwork quite often is a rotation. In this movie, I'll explore the rotation options and how you can perform those to transform your artwork. In order to perform a rotation, you have to have your artwork selected or a group of artwork selected. In order to do that, you can simply use the Selection tool and draw marquee around the objects or, if they're already group together, you can simply click on them and they automatically become selected. Once you have your objects selected, you're going to use the control points around the bounding box to make your rotation.
Again, the bounding box is this invisible box that contains your artwork. Once you find the bounding box, bring your cursor to the top right corner or any corner for that matter, and wait for the arched arrow to appear. Once you see the arched arrow, you can simply click and drag clockwise or counterclockwise to rotate your object. Once you're ready to complete the rotation simply let go of your mouse. Your artwork automatically stays in the position you rotated it to.
If you want to undo that transformation simply hit Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on your keyboard. If you'd like to rotate your artwork in specific increments, like 45 degree angles for instance, you can come to the corner and hold down the Shift key and then rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise to 45, 90, 135, -135, -90, -45 or back to your original starting point. So again, that's coming to the corner, waiting for the arched arrow, holding down the Shift key, and then clicking and dragging.
That's how you go in specified increments. Once you've performed your basic transformation, you can save your artwork and continue working or simply continue transforming other objects on your artboard as well. As I said, rotating artwork is an essential part of an illustrator's workflow. You'll find yourself rotating things all the time. So utilizing this is the quickest and easiest way to get you there and using modifier keys is a great way to ensure precise rotations each and every time.
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