NSL WEEK 251- Adobe Illustrator “Quickly Transform Patterns: Move, Scale, Rotate, Shear and Reflect”

There’s a way to transform your patterns, on the fly, with a modifier, in Adobe Illustrator.

Ever want to move your pattern with a click and drag without moving the object? Check out the video to learn how. I was better able to show you than to write it all in words.

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Tilde Key on Mac Keyboard

The Tilde Key is the modifier you need for your transformation tools. It allows you to transform your patterns without going into panels.

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Adobe Illustrator Move Tool

Notice the pattern isn’t centered in the rectangle. I’ll activate the Move Tool to reposition the pattern without altering the Object.

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Adobe Illustrator Pattern

While the Move Tool is activate, hold down the Tilde key, then click and drag the pattern to its new position. The preview looks like it’s moving the object but once you release, you’ll see that your object will still be in the same place.

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Adobe Illustrator

Now that I’ve released the mouse-click, you can see the pattern has been visually centered and the object remained unaffected.

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This modifier works with ALL the transformation tools. I only showed images for the steps to Move your pattern. Watch the video at the beginning of this post to see the rest in action. I also threw in a bunch of lil workflow bits. Hope you dig it!

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Twitter: @SebastianBleak #AdobeGrind #NSL  Images looked best on FireFox when this post was created.

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