N.S.L: WEEK 109 – Adobe Illustrator CC: “Free Transform” New Feature

AWESOME NEW FEATURE in Adobe Illustrator CC(17) the Updated Free Transform Tool

Adobe Illustrator Trasform Tool

Vector billboard made in Adobe Illustrator CC(17) using InkScribe and the Free Transform Tool

So the tool might not be new, but the way

it behaves is definitely new to Adobe Illustrator. If you use Photoshop and Illustrator, you’ve probably been wanting this update for a very long time.


What’s the update?

Adobe Illustrator CC

Free Transform Panel

First thing you’ll notice is a small panel that pops up when you activate the tool. In this panel you have several options that include Perspective Distort and Free Distort. These functions work the same way you are use too in Photoshop. Aside from easy access, that small panel works great with Touch Devices. You’ll also notice that the buttons are bigger than usual to accommodate.


To activate the Free Transform tool, just click on it in the Tool Panel or hit the “E” key.

Adobe Illustrator

Outlined Text

For this illustration, I only used the Free Distort and the Perspective Distort functions but you can also Shear more intuitively. I was able to shape the back of my billboard real easy and give it some dimension, Fast =D

These functions can be applied to basic shapes. When I tried to apply it to the text, nothing would happen. I needed to use the “Create Outlines” function. Once the text was turned into basic shapes, I was able to apply the Free Transform functions.


I got my info from Lynda.com:

What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CC

Illustrator Creative Cloud Updates



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