ART 213 Computer Graphicsinstructed by Ralph Larmann
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The Selection tools occupy the upper four blocks of the Illustrator toolbox. These tools allow the user to designate which object or segment of an object to manipulate.
The selection arrow chooses entire objects or paths. To select multiple objects or paths hold down the shift key while selecting multiple objects or paths.
The direct selection arrow chooses parts of objects or paths. A user can select individual anchor points or groups of anchor points. To select more than one anchor point, hold down on the shift key while selecting.
The group selection arrow allows a user to choose objects or paths within a group.
The magic wand tool allows a user to select objects or paths which have a common characteristic.
The selection lasso tool allows a user to circle an object or group of objects/paths to select them.
The direct selection lasso tool allows a user to circle a group of objects/paths and choose them with great precision.
The Transformation tools occupy the third group in the Illustrator toolbox. These tools allow an object or path to be resized, skewed, rotated, and changed in a variety of ways. By double-clicking any of the Transformation tools, a dialog box will appear that allows for the customization of each tool.
The Rotate tool is used to rotate an object on an axis. The axis can be repositioned.
The Reflect tool allows the object to be flipped on an axis.
The Twist tool allows an object or path to be twisted on an axis.
The Scale tool allows an object or path to be changed in size. To constrain proportions, hold down the shift key.
The Shear tool allows an object or path to be stretched while pivoting.
The Reshape tool allows for anchor points to be changed for so that an object/path can be changed.
The Warp tool allows for chages in the edges of an object/path.
The Twirl tool allows a user to twirl an object/path around a designated anchor point.
The Pucker tool allows a user to draw in the edges of an object/path around a designated axis point.
The Bloat tool allows a user to push out the edges of an object/path around a designated axis point.
The Scallop tool allows a user to push out the edges of an object/path in a designated area.
The Crystallize tool allows a user to pull in the edges of an object/path in a designated area.
The Wrinkle tool performs a combination of the Scallop and Crystallize tools in a designated area.
The Free Transform tool allows an object to be changed by moving anchor points of an object/path.
The Selection and Transformation tools also are available under the pull-down menu at the top of the screen. Selection tools are under the "Select" menu. The Transformation tools are available under the "Object" then "Transform" menus.