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Using the Transform Each function

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Video: Using the Transform Each function

Illustrator's transformation functions are incredibly powerful, but at some point they seem to begin to break down. For example, I have in this particular document a whole bunch of objects. These are actually groups. This here is a single group that contains some text and some other elements inside of it, some of the shapes here, some drop shadows and I have several of these lined up over here. Now I know that I could actually set an origin point for rotation. For example, if I wanted to rotate these and now I wanted to rotate all of them about 45 degrees, so what I could do is I can basically select them all and I could double-click on my Rotate tool and specify a value of 45 degrees. And I click on the Preview button because you are going to see what's going to happen here.

Using the Transform Each function

Illustrator's transformation functions are incredibly powerful, but at some point they seem to begin to break down. For example, I have in this particular document a whole bunch of objects. These are actually groups. This here is a single group that contains some text and some other elements inside of it, some of the shapes here, some drop shadows and I have several of these lined up over here. Now I know that I could actually set an origin point for rotation. For example, if I wanted to rotate these and now I wanted to rotate all of them about 45 degrees, so what I could do is I can basically select them all and I could double-click on my Rotate tool and specify a value of 45 degrees. And I click on the Preview button because you are going to see what's going to happen here.

All of them are going to rotate around the single origin point. However, what I really want to have is I want each object to rotate along their own origin point. I want them to all basically remain in place, but I'll rotate 45 degrees. And what's happening here is that they are all being treated as if there are one large group of objects, they are not, they are individual groups and now they are being rotated with one single origin point, but I really need them to each rotate on their own. So I don't want to have to actually select each object, perform a rotation and then select the next object so and so forth. So what I'm going to do I'm going to click on the Cancel button here. I'm going to use a different command inside of Illustrator, something called Transform Each, what Transform Each allows you to do is select multiple objects or groups in this case and apply a single transformation to each of them individually.

Watch this! I'm going to select them all over here, I'm going to go over here to the Object menu and choose Transform, and then I'm going to choose this option here called Transform Each. Now this brings up a dialog box, which actually allows you to perform all kinds of transformation. Scales. Moves. We are going to do the Rotate one for now. I'm going to click on the Preview button so that we can see what's happening as we apply it. I'm going to change here the angel to 45 degrees. Now watch a different result here each of the groups on their own have rotated 45 degrees, instead of everything rotating I now have a single rotation that's applied to each individual object. Now in this case here I'm dealing with groups and it's important to understand that where Transform Each is concerned a group is considered to this same as a single object, so if I have multiple objects that are just individual objects or if I have multiple groups each of those individual objects or the groups are treated as if they are one object and they each have the transformations applied all using their own origin point.

Now is that origin point in the center of the object? Is it the left, is it the right? Well, the answer is that right here in the Transform Each dialog box we have that Reference Point Indicator, and where I click on the reference point basically sets the origin point for that particular transformation. In fact the Transform Each dialog box is really cool because this is the only place in Illustrator where you can ask to perform a Scale, Move and a Rotate transformation all to same time which would mean that if I now go ahead and I apply all those transformations at once the Repeat Transform command or the Transform Again command, well, I'm going to repeat all them at once.

Now there is another option here as well which you don't find anywhere else inside of Illustrator, it's actually a Random button, and in doing so if I wanted to basically rotate these objects but each of them be just little bit differently, what I can do is choose the Randomize option which shows me that they don't all rotate at exactly the same angle. I will click Cancel here to come back out of the Transform Each dialog box but you can see here how useful the Transform Each command can be. You may have objects that appear all throughout your document and maybe you want to scale them all just a little bit smaller, for example -- let's actually go to the other way. Imagine you have some logos that appear throughout an entire piece and of course the client calls up and -- well they want their logo to be bigger.

Well, instead of having to select each of the logos on their own, you can simply go ahead and select them all at once and then use Transform Each to scale them all maybe from their centers, maybe enlargement about 110%, but again you can do it all with one particular command, very useful, very powerful, and hopefully it will save you lots of time in your work.

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Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 33m 20s
    1. Introducing Live Paint
      38s
    2. Drawing in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    3. Creating a Live Paint group
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      3m 17s
    5. Using Live Paint with open paths
      2m 29s
    6. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      4m 17s
    7. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      3m 41s
    8. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      5m 44s
    9. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 55s
    10. Understanding how Live Paint groups work
      3m 4s
  3. 49m 36s
    1. Introducing the trace options
      39s
    2. Setting expectations: Live Trace
      2m 26s
    3. Using the Live Trace feature
      1m 51s
    4. Understanding how Live Trace works
      5m 41s
    5. Making raster-based adjustments
      5m 52s
    6. Tracing with fills, strokes, or both
      2m 55s
    7. Making vector-based adjustments
      6m 12s
    8. Adjusting colors in Live Trace
      4m 39s
    9. Using Photoshop with Live Trace
      5m 22s
    10. Releasing and expanding Live Trace artwork
      2m 58s
    11. Saving and exporting Live Trace presets
      2m 36s
    12. Tracing in Batch mode with Adobe Bridge
      1m 35s
    13. Turning an image into mosaic tiles
      2m 28s
    14. Tracing an image manually
      4m 22s
  4. 1h 24m
    1. Introducing 3D
      33s
    2. Setting expectations: 3D in Illustrator
      2m 53s
    3. How fills and strokes affect 3D artwork
      4m 43s
    4. Applying the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
      6m 25s
    5. Applying a bevel
      5m 40s
    6. Showing the hidden faces of a 3D object
      4m 49s
    7. Applying the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 22s
    8. Visualizing the revolve axis
      3m 5s
    9. Applying the 3D Rotate effect
      1m 35s
    10. Adjusting surface settings
      9m 33s
    11. Understanding the importance of 3D and groups
      3m 24s
    12. Preparing art for mapping
      10m 19s
    13. Mapping artwork to a 3D surface
      14m 21s
    14. Hiding geometry with 3D artwork mapping
      4m 0s
    15. Extending the use of 3D in Illustrator
      8m 7s
  5. 44m 37s
    1. Introducing transformations and effects
      32s
    2. Using the Transform panel
      12m 37s
    3. Repeating transformations
      5m 23s
    4. Using the Transform Each function
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Convert to Shape effects
      5m 49s
    6. Using the Distort & Transform effects
      5m 12s
    7. Using the Path effects
      6m 58s
    8. Using the Pathfinder effects
      4m 18s
  6. 28m 23s
    1. Introducing graphic styles
      33s
    2. Applying graphic styles
      10m 8s
    3. Defining graphic styles
      8m 46s
    4. Previewing graphic styles
      2m 10s
    5. Modifying graphic styles
      3m 30s
    6. Understanding graphic styles for text
      3m 16s
  7. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing advanced masking techniques
      32s
    2. Understanding clipping masks
      7m 15s
    3. Using layer clipping masks
      6m 30s
    4. Creating opacity masks
      8m 32s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Introducing color
      40s
    2. Considering three types of color swatches
      7m 7s
    3. Managing color groups
      2m 58s
    4. Understanding the HSB color wheel
      3m 57s
    5. Understanding color harmonies
      2m 57s
    6. Using the color guide
      3m 54s
    7. Limiting the color guide
      3m 17s
    8. Modifying color with the Recolor Artwork feature
      6m 25s
    9. Using the Edit tab to adjust color
      5m 44s
    10. Using the Assign tab to replace colors
      8m 37s
    11. Making global color adjustments
      2m 17s
    12. Using Recolor options
      7m 3s
    13. Converting artwork to grayscale
      3m 23s
    14. Simulating artwork on different devices
      3m 18s
    15. Accessing Kuler directly from Illustrator
      2m 7s
    16. Ensuring high contrast for color-blind people
      2m 42s
  9. 53m 19s
    1. Introducing transparency
      40s
    2. Understanding transparency flattening
      2m 31s
    3. Exercising the two rules of transparency flattening
      10m 53s
    4. Understanding complex regions in transparency flattening
      4m 50s
    5. Exploring the transparency flattener settings
      8m 37s
    6. Using transparency flattening and object stacking order
      6m 39s
    7. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      6m 31s
    8. Creating and sharing Transparency Flattener presets
      2m 25s
    9. Working within an EPS workflow
      5m 3s
    10. Understanding the Illustrator and InDesign workflow
      5m 10s
  10. 50m 1s
    1. Introducing prepress and output
      23s
    2. Understanding resolutions
      8m 27s
    3. Discovering RGB and CMYK "gotchas"
      5m 42s
    4. Using Overprints and Overprint Preview
      7m 43s
    5. Understanding "book color" and proofing spot colors
      8m 1s
    6. Collecting vital information with Document Info
      2m 28s
    7. Previewing color separations onscreen
      1m 12s
    8. Making 3D artwork look good
      2m 16s
    9. Seeing white lines and knowing what to do about them
      2m 41s
    10. Creating "bulletproof" press-ready PDF files
      3m 45s
    11. Protecting content with secure PDFs
      2m 48s
    12. Using PDF presets
      2m 47s
    13. Moving forward: The Adobe PDF Print Engine
      1m 48s
  11. 35m 43s
    1. Introducing distortions
      27s
    2. Using the Warp effect
      4m 20s
    3. The Warp effect vs. envelope distortion
      3m 48s
    4. Applying the Make with Warp envelope distortion
      2m 45s
    5. Applying the Make with Mesh envelope distortion
      2m 41s
    6. Applying the Make with Top Object envelope distortion
      3m 45s
    7. Editing envelopes
      5m 0s
    8. Adjusting envelope settings
      4m 2s
    9. Releasing and expanding envelope distortions
      1m 44s
    10. Applying envelope distortions to text
      1m 27s
    11. Using the liquify distortion tools
      3m 5s
    12. Customizing the liquify tools
      2m 39s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Introducing blends
      32s
    2. Blending two objects
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting blend options
      5m 47s
    4. Blending anchor points
      5m 36s
    5. Blending three or more objects
      2m 9s
    6. Replacing the spine of a blend
      4m 32s
    7. Reversing the direction of a blend
      2m 15s
    8. Releasing and expanding a blend
      1m 47s
  13. 46m 54s
    1. Introducing charts and graphs
      35s
    2. Setting expectations: Graphs in Illustrator
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a chart
      8m 2s
    4. Importing data
      3m 34s
    5. Formatting data
      5m 1s
    6. Customizing a chart
      10m 21s
    7. Combining chart types
      2m 40s
    8. Creating graph designs
      6m 0s
    9. Styling and updating graphs
      5m 33s
    10. Ungrouping graphs
      1m 49s
  14. 26m 36s
    1. Introducing Gradient Mesh
      23s
    2. Understanding the Gradient Mesh feature
      9m 34s
    3. Using Gradient Mesh to add contoured shading
      6m 14s
    4. Using Gradient Mesh to create photorealistic effects
      10m 25s
  15. 8m 18s
    1. Introducing flare effects
      25s
    2. Drawing a lens flare
      3m 28s
    3. Modifying a lens flare
      1m 27s
    4. Using a mask with lens flares
      2m 58s
  16. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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