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Using the Rotate and Reflect tools

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Video: Using the Rotate and Reflect tools

In this exercise I'm going to show you how you use a couple of the other transform tools inside Photoshop, namely I'm going to show you the Rotate Tool and the Reflect Tool. Now I introduced you to the Reflect Tool ever so briefly in a previous chapter. I showed you how can use it to bring up a dialog box and then reflect an item around a horizontal or vertical axis. Inside this exercise I'm going to show you how to use the tool manually. I'm going to go ahead and release on the tearoff item here in order to create a tiny little palette of just the Rotate Tool and the Reflect Tool, my little buddies up here, and of course by the way in case you don't know what they do, the Rotate Tool allows you to spin selected objects, the Reflect Tool allows you to flip them. Here I am inside of the Built square.ai file that's available to you inside the 06_Edit_transform folder and this document contains this is built square ornament that is a combination of three squares.

Using the Rotate and Reflect tools

In this exercise I'm going to show you how you use a couple of the other transform tools inside Photoshop, namely I'm going to show you the Rotate Tool and the Reflect Tool. Now I introduced you to the Reflect Tool ever so briefly in a previous chapter. I showed you how can use it to bring up a dialog box and then reflect an item around a horizontal or vertical axis. Inside this exercise I'm going to show you how to use the tool manually. I'm going to go ahead and release on the tearoff item here in order to create a tiny little palette of just the Rotate Tool and the Reflect Tool, my little buddies up here, and of course by the way in case you don't know what they do, the Rotate Tool allows you to spin selected objects, the Reflect Tool allows you to flip them. Here I am inside of the Built square.ai file that's available to you inside the 06_Edit_transform folder and this document contains this is built square ornament that is a combination of three squares.

We created it in the previous exercise, if you were with me then. And what I'd like you to do is go ahead and select these squares by pressing the Control key if you've got you're Rotate Tool selected as I do. Press the Control key or the Command key on the Mac, and click on any one of the squares in order to select all three of them because they are grouped together. Now what I want to do is I want to take this square grouping here and I want to duplicate it onto each of the exposed points in this purple star in this 8-sided purple star.

If you were to just start dragging with the Rotate Tool, you will rotate the object around its own center and that does you approximately 0 good in our case, because we don't want that at all. We want to rotate this box item right here, these squares, around the entire calendar. So how we go about doing that? Well I'm going to undo that modification, and I'm going to go down here to the Layers palette. Notice this guides layer? I want you to turn it on, and that way you can see the intersection of these two guidelines that mark the center of the calendar.

Then I want you to click at the intersection of those two guidelines like so, in order to set your transformation origin in the center of the gods face right there. Right there, smack dab in the center of his nose. And I'm going to go ahead and start dragging on the squares themselves. It's not really that important where I start dragging with the Rotate Tool. The Rotate Tool is not nearly as sensitive to the beginning of your drag as the Scale Tool is. What's important is that you drag the squares where you want them to be. Now I want them to be dead on aligned to this point of the star right here and in order to ensure that they are properly aligned I'm going to press and hold the Shift key. The Shift key makes sure that I rotate in increments of 45 degrees, and this is a 45-degree rotation right here.

So keep that Shift key down. Also press and hold who? The Alt key or the Option key on a Mac in order to clone the shapes and then release. So I had Shift and Alt down. Now I'm going to release the Shift and Alt keys. That's the Shift and Option on the Mac of course. Hey, let's go ahead and rotate those items once again. Our transformation origin is still in place here because I never did switch away from the Rotate Tool, good for me. So I'm going to start dragging once again like so, down to this area, then I'm going to press and hold my Shift and Alt keys.

You Macintosh users, press and hold your Shift and Option keys. Release your mouse buttons please and then release the keys, please. What's next? Why I want to go ahead and take these three items here and flip them around the center of the calendar so that we have counterparts over on this side. And I'm going to do that by grabbing, might as well grab my black arrow tool for this, and I'll Shift-click on the two deselected, oops I accidentally moved them. Okay if that happens, you just go ahead and press Control+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, to undo the movement. I do have all three of them selected now, because I've clicked on one and Shift-clicked the other two.

Great. Now I'm going to get my Reflect Tool, which I'm going to do by pressing the O key if I want to or clicking on the tool of course. And then I'm going to click, what I want to do basically is set up this vertical axis line, this vertical guideline. Set it up as a mirror and then the objects will be reflected across that mirror. So I'm going to start by clicking up at the top and then I will press and hold the Shift and Alt keys or the Shift and Option keys on the Mac and click. That's all it takes.

So Shift+Alt-click or Shift+Option-click and bang you go ahead and create these three guys, mirror images across the mirror here. So you go ahead and flip clones to the other side of the calendar. I'll go ahead and press Shift+Control+A or Shift+Command+A to deselect the items and I'll go ahead and turn off the guides for a moment so that we can witness the wonders we have accomplished. Nice work. Wasn't that easy? It's so easy. This the fun stuff about it. It's so easy to do this kind of work and symmetry is just so gorgeous sometimes. It definitely has a certain je ne sais quoi to it, does it not? All right, in the next exercise we are going to see how to do a little bit of power duplication using the Rotate Tool here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials

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  1. 59m 53s
    1. Welcome to Illustrator CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials
      2m 0s
    2. The unwelcome Welcome screen
      6m 35s
    3. Browsing Illustrator artwork
      4m 53s
    4. Bridge workspaces and favorites
      6m 8s
    5. The anatomy of an illustration
      7m 2s
    6. Examining a layered illustration
      5m 38s
    7. Customizing an illustration
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a new document
      6m 12s
    9. Changing the document setup
      6m 51s
    10. Saving a document
      6m 14s
    11. Closing multiple files
      2m 59s
  2. 1h 3m
    1. Preferences, color settings, and workspaces
      55s
    2. Keyboard Increment and Object Selection
      5m 52s
    3. Scratch Disks and Appearance of Black
      6m 43s
    4. Establishing the best color settings
      5m 35s
    5. Synchronizing color settings in Bridge
      4m 3s
    6. The new CS3 interface
      3m 55s
    7. Organizing the palettes
      9m 4s
    8. Saving your workspace
      2m 33s
    9. Zooming and scrolling
      3m 39s
    10. Using the Zoom tool
      5m 27s
    11. The Navigator palette
      3m 37s
    12. Nudging the screen image
      2m 50s
    13. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 11s
    14. Cycling between screen modes
      5m 56s
  3. 1h 4m
    1. Why learn Illustrator from a Photoshop guy?
      1m 32s
    2. Introducing layers
      4m 37s
    3. Creating ruler guides
      6m 34s
    4. Creating a custom guide
      3m 28s
    5. Organizing your guides
      5m 50s
    6. Making a tracing template
      3m 34s
    7. Drawing a line segment
      4m 10s
    8. Drawing a continuous arc
      4m 17s
    9. Drawing a looping spiral
      5m 17s
    10. Cutting lines with the Scissors tool
      6m 45s
    11. Aligning and joining points
      7m 58s
    12. Drawing concentric circles
      3m 45s
    13. Cleaning up overlapping segments
      6m 21s
  4. 1h 9m
    1. The anatomy of a shape
      1m 1s
    2. Meet the Tonalpohualli
      4m 8s
    3. Meet the geometric shape tools
      3m 47s
    4. Drawing circles
      6m 36s
    5. Snapping and aligning shapes
      7m 0s
    6. Polygons and stars
      7m 0s
    7. Rectangles and rounded rectangles
      6m 16s
    8. The amazing constraint axes
      6m 30s
    9. Grouping a flipping
      7m 37s
    10. Combining simple shapes into complex ones
      6m 36s
    11. Drawing with Scissors and Join
      6m 3s
    12. Cutting and connecting in Illustrator CS3
      3m 49s
    13. Tilde key goofiness
      2m 55s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Three simple ingredients, one complex result
      33s
    2. Introducing Fill and Stroke
      3m 42s
    3. Accessing color libraries and sliders
      7m 8s
    4. Using the CMYK sliders for print output
      5m 6s
    5. Using the RGB sliders for screen output
      4m 39s
    6. Color palette tips and tricks
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and saving color swatches
      4m 14s
    8. Trapping gaps with rich blacks
      7m 58s
    9. Filling and stacking shapes
      5m 17s
    10. Dragging and dropping swatches
      6m 16s
    11. Paste in Back, Paste in Front
      5m 43s
    12. Filling shapes inside groups
      5m 16s
    13. Pasting between layers
      3m 34s
    14. Joins, caps, and dashes
      5m 50s
    15. Fixing strokes and isolating your edits
      7m 35s
    16. Creating a pattern fill
      4m 38s
  6. 1h 22m
    1. The power of transformations
      1m 25s
    2. From primitives to polished art
      4m 4s
    3. Clone and Duplicate
      6m 15s
    4. Moving by the numbers
      4m 16s
    5. Using the Reshape tool
      6m 30s
    6. Modifying, aligning, and uniting paths
      7m 0s
    7. Using the Offset Path command
      4m 25s
    8. Styling and eyedropping
      4m 11s
    9. The wonders of the translucent group
      5m 37s
    10. Making a black-and-white template
      3m 48s
    11. Scaling and cloning shapes
      4m 26s
    12. Enlarging and stacking shapes
      5m 6s
    13. Positioning the origin point
      6m 50s
    14. Using the Rotate and Reflect tools
      5m 16s
    15. Series rotation (aka power duplication)
      4m 3s
    16. Rotating by the numbers
      5m 15s
    17. Rotating repeating pattern fills
      4m 32s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Points are boys, control handles are girls
      2m 16s
    2. Tracing a scanned image or photograph
      4m 34s
    3. Placing an image as a template
      5m 32s
    4. Drawing a straight-sided path
      5m 36s
    5. Moving, adding, and deleting points
      5m 51s
    6. Drawing spline curves with Round Corners
      7m 56s
    7. Smooth points and Bézier curves
      8m 12s
    8. Defining a cusp between two curves
      4m 37s
    9. Adjusting handles and converting points
      7m 4s
    10. Cutting, separating, and closing paths
      7m 31s
    11. Eyedropping template colors
      5m 11s
  8. 1h 28m
    1. Paths never rest
      1m 42s
    2. Meet Uzz, Cloying Corporate Mascot
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring the Appearance palette
      5m 37s
    4. Snip and Spin
      7m 28s
    5. Adding a center point
      3m 57s
    6. Keeping shape intersections
      3m 8s
    7. Lifting fills and selecting through shapes
      4m 14s
    8. Saving and recalling selections
      5m 18s
    9. Rotating is a circular operation
      7m 35s
    10. Lassoing and scaling points
      6m 8s
    11. Using the Transform Each command
      5m 9s
    12. Using the Magic Wand tool
      6m 46s
    13. Converting paths and text to rich black
      2m 27s
    14. The overwrought lace pattern
      3m 21s
    15. Eyedropping Live Effects
      5m 39s
    16. Merging strokes with a compound path
      6m 32s
    17. Selecting and scaling independent segments
      6m 30s
    18. Pucker & Bloat
      4m 49s
  9. 1m 59s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 59s

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