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Rotating, Scaling, & Arranging Objects

3.4_Rotating, Scaling, & Arranging Objects

0:00 Moving on to rotating, select the square next to where it says ‘rotate’.

0:05 Like mentioned previously when moving objects, there is no actual rotate tool like there is in SketchUp.

0:11 Instead, notice the circular pull tab, or gizmo at the center.

0:17 Hover over the gizmo and a familiar rotate icon will appear.

0:21 You can pull the gizmo’s handle and snap it to any object, or just enter the rotation angle which you can see down in the measurements box.

0:30 Another cool feature with the gizmo is that you can move it to any other reference point, which then allows that point to be the center point of your rotation.

0:40 For example, let’s move it to the corner of the square and rotate again.

0:44 Or, try moving it to the square below and use that as your reference.

0:49 Hitting escape or clicking down on your paper space ends the rotate command and resets the gizmo back to its default location.

0:58 Let’s look at one more rotation option we have.

1:02 Like creating multiple copies of the square while moving, let’s rotate the square and hit ‘option’ to create a copy.

1:09 And like before, typing in ‘x’ and a number of copies we want…. let’s say 6 for this example.

1:17 Moving on to scaling, select the next square down and hover over an edge until a small box with two arrows appears.

1:25 Holding shift, then clicking and dragging, from either corner or side, locks the aspect ratio of the object and therefore scales it proportionally.

1:34 Entering in a number applies a scale factor. Let’s hit ‘2’ and enter to scale it by 200 percent.

1:42 Notice how the lineweight doesn’t scale.

1:44 Lineweights are driven by the 'Shape Style' settings – which we’ll cover in the next lesson.

1:49 Let’s try scaling again, but this time without holding shift, which actually stretches the object.

1:55 You can enter in a stretch factor the same way as when scaling. 


1:60 Scaling and stretching stays active until you escape out of the command…so if you change your mind, enter a new number and the scale or stretch resizes accordingly.

2:10 Another cool tool that we should know about is flipping.

2:14 To flip, or mirror an object, select it, right-click, and select flip.

2:20 We have two choices here, corresponding to the red and green axis… either left to right or top to bottom.

2:31 Last but not least, let’s make sure we know how to arrange objects on our page – which is the same as ‘Draw order’ for those familiar with CAD.

2:38 In later lessons we’ll look at how to use layers to control object ordering, but for now, we’ll stick with right-clicking and selecting ‘Arrange…”

2:47 We have the option of moving above or below other objects or sending to front or back of everything.