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Davis Gramza
Davis Gramza
5,363 Points

Don't have box around arrow like instructor

When I create the line and transform it into an arrow, I get 2 anchors and something to rotate it in the middle. However, looking at the video, it seems she has full control. With what I get, I am not able to move it around like a shape and it is frustrating me very much, any help is appreciated. Thanks! The link to the video i'm talking about is https://teamtreehouse.com/library/adobe-illustrator-for-web-design/creating-a-wireframe/adding-arrows-and-using-stroke

Cory Harkins
Cory Harkins
16,500 Points

With practice comes ease of use.

There are multiple options to command control over adobe functions.

From my personal experience with Illustrator (3+ years) it isn't touch pad friendly (in case you are on a laptop) and the selection tool can lend to many a headache.

As I said, many ways to control objects/illustrations.

To quickly rotate objects:

  • use the hotkey 'r' to bring up your rotate tool, also found on the left tool panel of your artboard area. -with the rotate tool you can spin basic shapes with no issues as to their symmetry to another object: What I mean by that is, if you have an arrow in this case, you can rotate it 180 degrees and it will point opposite to its origin point; however, if you were rotating an illustration of an eye, you wouldn't be so fortunate. Leading me to another option:

  • she went into the menu to do this, but that takes forever... (if forever is 4 seconds... sometimes it feels like it) -to access your reflect/transform options on the fly, you can select your object using the select tool (hotkey: 'v'), or drag select all vertices of your object with the direct select tool (hotkey: 'a') and using your mouse, right click to bring up a select menu. From there you should see options to reflect/transform your objects.

Some common hotkeys to remember to better your goal of full control:

Select tool : v Direct select tool: a Eye Dropper: i (Swap between 'a' and 'i' by using the command key with 'i' as your default)

To copy an object: alt/option To drag an object along a horizontal/vertical path: drag+shift

To copy and drag an object along a straight path (like in the video):

 select the object, alt + shift + drag

Rotate tool: r To expand/contract an object on all sides symmetrically: shift + option + drag a corner

To expand/contract an object while maintaining a fixed axis on one side: shift + drag a corner

I hope this helps!!!