May 14, 2011, 8 p.m.
posted by r11
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.
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.
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.