Using the Transform Palette for Placement






Using the Transform Palette for Placement

Placing shapes and paths precisely where you want them can be difficult for those with even the most steady of hands. Save yourself aggravation by using the Transform palette to perform such tasks as scaling and rotating objects. On a more practical note, however, the Transform palette also enables you to type in x, y coordinates. This way, you can position your objects exactly where you want them.

Integration 

In Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, the Reference Point Indicator icon is on the left side of the Transform palette. Click the handle of the Reference Point Indicator icon to change the point of reference. If you want to measure from the upper-left corner, click on the indicator on the handle in the upper left. Want to know exactly where the center of an object is? Click on the center point in the indicator. The point of reference is the spot on the object that falls at the x, y coordinates:

  • X coordinate: Sets the placement of the selected object from left to right.

  • Y coordinate: Sets the placement of the selected object from top to bottom.

Technical Stuff  

Did you ever notice that Adobe Illustrator, which is based upon PostScript, considers the lower-left corner the zero point? This can be confusing at first, but don’t let it get you down. You can change the ruler origin if it really drives you crazy by following the steps in the next section.



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