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How To Use The Scale And Shear Tools In Adobe Illustrator Cc


Hi, this is Anne for Graphic Design. How To and today we’re going to be talking about the Scale tool and the Shear tool in Adobe Illustrator CC 2019. So to show you how this works, I’m using this icon set that I made for a class I’m teaching, And I’ve got a few different versions of the icons here First. If I want to rescale this icon, I’m going to select that with my Selection tool, And then if I have my bounding box on (that is under View > Show or Hide Bounding Box. If it’s on, you’ll be able to just hover over a corner and you’ll be able to scale this way. So if we take this and hold SHIFT and resize proportionally, you can see what happens. So I’ll undo that. I actually find that the easiest way to scale objects, but if you want to do an exact scale, that’s where the Scale tool comes in really handy. So if we hit S on our keyboard that takes us straight to the Scale tool, And then you can just hit Return. Now we have a few different options. We’ve got Uniform Scale. And let’s say you just wanted this 50%, of the size. If you wanted to stretch it, you can do Non-Uniform and then do a horizontal one. That’s bigger than the vertical or whatever you can also scale the corners. I usually keep this checked. I can’t think of a time when I wouldn’t want to. Scale the corners, But I often go back and forth between having this checked or not (the Scale Strokes and Effects). Right now! I’m going to check it because when I make this smaller, we also want those strokes to resize too. So I’ll Preview, and now it looks the same, because it’s resizing everything Lets. Turn this off and you can see what happens. The strokes maintain that same width. But it’s getting smaller, so they look really, really thick. I think most of the time it’s best to have Scale Strokes and Effects checked. And we’ll say, OK. Now there are times when you’ll want to turn that off like this. And a good example is with this icon set here. I’m going to cancel. I’m going to zoom in here with the Z tool. All of these items have a five point stroke. Since they’re in a set, I want all the strokes to match. So if I need to resize one of these, I want that stroke to stay the same. So, in that case, I’ll hit S Return And I’ll change this to 100. We will turn off the Scale Strokes and Effects. And I’ll say OK. So this did not scale it at all, but that effect is turned off. When I resize this glass, The strokes don’t change -. They still stay at five points, Which is what I want. I want a slightly larger glass, but I still want them to be an icon set and still have all those same stroke Widths. OK, so I’m going to draw a rectangle with my M tool. And if I hit A, I get these little corners. So I’m willing to round the corners a little bit by pulling on that little dot. I’m going to hit my eyedropper to sample this color. And now if I hit S Return and I don’t scale my corners, but I do 50%, you can see that. The corners stayed the same. And that is something I very rarely use -. I really recommend keeping your Scale Corners checked. And now it will kind of maintain the same look when it gets resized. We’ll say, OK. I’m gonna zoom out here, OK? And now we’ll move on to the Shear, too. The Shear tool is just underneath the Scale tool, OK? I’m going to delete this one. And now I’m going to just draw a rectangle with my M tool and also type some text. And we’ll make this month so right. So we have a word here, And we also have just a rectangle And I’m going to use my Skew tool and just skew this. So all I have to do is just click and pull it. You can hold SHIFT to go along the same plane. Also, once you’re on that icon, you can just hit. Return to get more options. You can set your Shear Angle and I’ve got Preview Checked here and then your Axis Angle. I very rarely use these options, but if you wanted to get really precise with what you’re doing, you can use these. Shear options, Well say Cancel. So you can also do this with text. I’m going to select this with the Selection tool, And now we’ll, shear this And the nice thing about it. Is it kind of guesses where you want to put that anchor point? It’s right over here at the beginning of the word, which is nice. And so I usually pull from opposite of that anchor point. So starting from here, I’ll hold SHIFT and we can just skew that text like this. If I wanted to change the anchor point, I just have to click once and I can skew based off that anchor point. You can also skew very complex objects like this one. This is just a bunch of shapes, and I have it grouped right now. So I’m going to choose my Shear tool And I’m going to set the anchor to be down here and I’ll skew starting up here and holding SHIFT. I will squeeze it down a little bit. It’s really pretty easy to use. Just try to keep in mind that you want the anchor point to be opposite of where you start your cursor. It just makes it easier. Another thing to keep in mind. You might want to save a copy of your artwork before you start shearing it because it’s very hard to get it back to what it once was. So, for example, I would just take this and SHIFT. Opt drag to make a copy over here, and then we could do some shearing with this one and still have this copy in case. I wanted to start over. Alright, I hope you’ve learned a lot about the Scale and Shear tools And I will see you next week for another graphic design tutorial. Thank you!