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Adobe Illustrator has long been the most popular and viable vector-drawing program on the market but, for many, the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials , author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland teaches the key features of Illustrator in a way that anyone can understand. He also goes beyond that, showing users how to get into the Illustrator "mindset" to make mastering Illustrator simple and easy. The training covers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text and gradients, and color management and printing features. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this time it is going to make sense. Exercise files accompany the training.
In this final exercise of Chapter 6, check it out, we're going to see how you can rotate tile patterns using the Rotate Tool. This little trick works just as well with the other transformation tools, your Scale Tool, your Sheer Tool, your Reflect Tool, and when moving objects with the Move dialog box that I introduced you to many exercises ago inside of this chapter. I'm working inside of a document called Nasal patterns.ai that's included inside the 06_Edit_transform folder.
If you're still plodding along inside that original Tonal ponewalli documents then keep plodding, please by all means. Notice either way that your document, your Aztec calendar here contains a handful of objects that are filled with a repeating tile pattern. There's this object right here, this circle. I'll go ahead and move it off to the side so that we can see more of it. There it is, you can see that repeating tile pattern right there. And that was a result of actually applying a couple of fills. Notice that we have a beige fill right here, which is this Rich dirt swatch, and the other item is this nasal fill pattern right here, it's this guy right here: Brown nose1.
So cleverly named because it's a brown nose, that's all. So I'll go ahead and undo the movement of that circle. Now, let's say that I want to go ahead and take these objects and there's this star right here as well and then these guys. Actually these rectangles right here that look like they have a camouflage pattern, but really it's a green fill combined with this brown nose right there, Brown nose3. So I'm going to go ahead and grab this circle, and I'm going to grab this star and when I say grab I'm going to select them both. So I'm selecting the circle by clicking on that with the black arrow tool. I'm Shift-clicking on this star shape right here that has some blue in it, and let's say I'm thinking that I want the pattern, the noses, to be rotated 90 degrees.
So what I would do is, notice by the way I've turned off the guides layer. We don't need the guides layers, so those of you who have been plodding along inside your document, you can turn off your guides, if you want to. Now at this point I'm just going to double-click on rotate, because I don't have to specify a center of rotation for this specific operation. The natural center point is just fine. So I'll double-click on the Rotate Tool. It brings up the Rotate dialog box right here. I'll move it off a little bit so we can see what we're doing. And I'm going to go ahead and say 90 degrees is my Angle of rotation and notice that, that doesn't really do anything because these objects are symmetrical at 90 degrees. So by rotating the star 90 degrees we don't really doing anything to it. By rotating the circle 90 degrees we don't really do anything to it. And I haven't bothered to rotate the patterns. I'm only rotating the objects, as by default. If I want to rotate those pattern tiles inside I would go ahead and turn on patterns, so that we're rotating both the objects and the patterns together.
And we end up getting this effect here, which looks great, which is exactly what I want. So now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. Now I'm going to go ahead and Control-click or Command- click on these grouped rectangles right here and let's try rotating them. I'll go ahead and once again double-click, although I'm going to press Control+H or Command+H so we don't have all of those selection edges going on, on screen. I'll go ahead and double-click on the Rotate Tool once again, and this time I'm rotating both the objects and the patterns together. That doesn't work out so well for the objects. The pattern of course looks the way it needs to look, but it doesn't work out very well for the objects. I'm going to go ahead and click OK anyway, because then I'm going to turn right around, double-click on the Rotate Tool, and this time I'm going to Rotate -90 degrees to put those objects back where they belong, but I'm going to turn off patterns, so the patterns remain rotated, and then I'll click OK in order accept that modification, and now everything is absolutely hunky-dory. Click off the shape and we are totally done people. We have managed to rotate everything in the building here and we saw how to scale a lot of things and apply all sorts of other transformations and modifications to our objects.
In the next chapter we are going to venture into new territory, and we are going to take on the mighty Pen Tool.
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