Transform command in Illustrator CS makes it easy for you to to transform a vector shape accurately the fast and easy way. It is very useful in technical drawing and in creating FA for output.

Transforming Size
I've made a red square and as you can see on the Info Palette (1), the size is 3 cm x 3 cm. Same shown on the Transform Palette (2). I've also marked the square borders with guide lines so it'll be easier for you guys to see the changes.

Now, I want to add another 0.75 cm to scale from the centre point.
(1) Select the reference point of transformation, the centre.
(2) Click on the constrain width and height proportions icon to lock it.
(3) Change either the width or height value to 3.75 cm and click Enter.
Can you see the difference (a bigger square and the new transformed size on the Info Palette).

Let say that I want to add another 0.75 cm but this time only to right side of the screen.
(1) Select the reference point of transformation, the center left.
(2) Make sure the constrain width and height proportions icon is not lock.
(3) Change the width value to 4.5 cm and click Enter.

Rotating Shape
Now, I want to rotate it 45 degrees from the centre bottom.
(1)Select the reference point of transformation, the center bottom.
(2) Key in the angle of rotation and click Enter.

Easy, isn't. Same goes with shear (next to rotate). Try experimenting these features and have fun doing it.


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Offset path command is used to duplicate a path outside or within the original path of a vector shape by a specified distance.

Step 1:
Create a vector shape. Select it and on the Illustrator Menu Bar, go to Object > Path > Offset Path.

Step 2:
A pop-out window will appear and I'm using the setting below. Then, click OK.

Step 3:
There you go. An offset path is created and I've coloured it with lime green.

Step 4:
Try creating another offset path using a negative setting. The offset path created will be within the original path area which I've coloured with orange.

Easy, isn't it. Have fun experimenting offset path. You can also use it to give an extra impact in typeface design.

(Note: Make sure to create outline (Shortcut: Shift + Command + O) the fonts/words before applying offset path command.)


Applying drop shadow to text is a very simple task.
Here is how it's done.

step 1
Open your indesign application. Click Ctrl+N to create a new document.
Click text tool ( Ctrl + T ) and start typing a word.

I typed huzeyk and use the setting below.

step 2
While the selection is still active, click Object and then select Drop Shadow.

A pop out window will appear. Tick on the Drop Shadow and Preview selection box to preview the result. If you are satisfied with the setting, click OK.

There you go. The end result of adding drop shadow. Have fun trying it.


Transforming a geometric shape to an abstract shape is so simple and easy using illustrator.

Step 1
Create a geometric shape,e.g a red square.

pucker and bloat

step 2
go to Effect > Distort and Transform and choose Pucker and bloat

pucker and bloat

A pop out window will appear. Experiment with the settings till you're satisfied with it.

pucker and bloat

pucker and bloat

pucker and bloat

step 4

pucker and bloat

Try creating an abstract artwork using different shapes , sizes and opacity. Here is an example. Pretty cool isn't it? Have fun trying it :-)


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