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Select as a Transformation Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can use the Selection tool to scale and rotate a selected object. Drag the bounding box handles to resize the object, or move outside a handle and then, when the cursor changes to a flippy arrow (a curved arrow with arrowheads on both ends), drag to rotate the object.

Use the bounding box to resize or rotate a selected object.
Use the bounding box to resize or rotate a selected object.

If you want to scale proportionally, hold down the Shift key while you drag to resize. To rotate an object at 45 degree increments, hold down the Shift key while you’re rotating.

When you use the bounding box to rotate a selection, the bounding box rotates with the object, but its handles show the object’s original orientation. The orientation can help you keep track of the original placement but can also interfere when you’re building additional artwork. To reset the bounding box so that it’s straight at the new orientation, choose Object→Transform→Reset Bounding Box.

The bounding box in its original position and after it has been reset.
The bounding box in its original position and after it has been reset.

When you scale, rotate, or use any other type of transformation in Illustrator, the final location becomes the zero point. In Illustrator, if you enter 0 for the rotation angle to return a rotated object to its original position, the object doesn’t change its position.

To return the object to the previous position in Illustrator, you have to enter the negative of the number you originally entered to rotate the object, so you would enter –45 for the degree of rotation in this example.

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