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Covering a wide range of topics, from advanced masking to chart creation, Illustrator CS4 Beyond the Basics reveals a whole new level of power, creativity, and efficiency with Illustrator. Instructor Mordy Golding explores how to work with Live Paint groups, get the most out of the Live Trace feature, and take advantage of Illustrator’s wide range of effects. He also discusses advanced transformation techniques, powerful 3D functionality, and important color concepts. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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