Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Scaling and rotating, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In this exercise, I am going to introduce you to scaling and rotating inside…Illustrator. I am working inside of document called Dawn Patrol.ai found…inside the Exercise Files folder. Scaling and rotating are known as varieties…of transformations, which is why if I click on an object such as this point…text right here using the black arrow style Selection tool, I will see on the…right side of the control panel the word Transform. If I click on Transform, I will…bring up the Transform panel, which offers me scaling options in the form of the…width and the height values as well as an angle value for rotating the selected…object, but as opposed to entering numerical values, it is typically easier to…scale and rotate graphics in Illustrator just by dragging inside the…illustration window. Notice that my point text is surrounded by a bounding box.…
If you do not see a bounding box you can go up to the View menu and choose what…would be the Show Bounding Box command. If you see Hide Bounding Box as I do,…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.