Illustrator 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guideby Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard in desktop illustration programs, but it can be intimidating to newcomers. It's a complex, powerful tool. Illustrator 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide is the ideal way for anyone to learn the newest version of the program. This step-by-step guide gives readers what they need to get right to work,/i>
Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard in desktop illustration programs, but it can be intimidating to newcomers. It's a complex, powerful tool. Illustrator 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide is the ideal way for anyone to learn the newest version of the program. This step-by-step guide gives readers what they need to get right to work, without having to wander through menus or read a lot of text. The book is an instruction guide to the newest version of the top-selling Illustrator program, written by two experienced computer instructors. Like the authors' previous "Visual QuickStarts" covering the best-selling QuarkXPress and Photoshop, the Illustrator Visual QuickStart Guide's unique easy-to-use format is specifically tailored for the beginning to intermediate user: step-by-step instructions, hundreds of illustrations with detailed captions, and special tips to help users avoid potential problems. Elegant, original artwork created in Adobe Illustrator by the authors and their colleagues will both inspire and illuminate. Illustrator is used by over 1 million graphics and multimedia professionals. Concise and practical step-by-step lessons offer both a great introduction and a convenient reference. Comprehensive update of successful previous edition covers all the new features.
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To transform an object using its bounding box:
1. Turn on the Use Bounding box option in File menu > Preferences > General.
2. Choose the Selection tool, and select an object (or objects). A rectangular box with eight handles will surround the object. The handles and box will be drawn in the color of the currently active layer.
3. To scale the object, drag a corner handle to resize along two axes or drag a center handle to resize along one axis. Shift-drag to resize proportionally. Hold down Option/Alt to scale from the object's center 1-2. or
To create a reflection (mirror image) of the object, drag a center handleall the way across it.or
To flip the object, drag a corner handle all the way across the object orShift-drag a center handle to reflect and flip 3-4. Option-drag/Alt-drag to reflect or flip from the object's center.tip If all of an object's anchor points are selected and then the Selection tool is chosen, the bounding box will appear automatically.tip If you rotate a box using either the Rotate tool or the Free Transform tool, the bounding box edges no longer align with the x/y axes of the page. To reset the bounding box to align with the page, choose Object menu > Transform > Reset Bounding Box or Control-click/Right-click and choose Transform > Reset Bounding Box from the context menu. The Free Transform tool performs all the transformations of the individual tools, plus distort and perspective.
Note: The Free Transform tool always works from the center of the object or objects. This point of origin is not moveable.
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