Transform menu (Object -> Transform) displays information various transform that can be applied on the object. Types of transform that can be applied are

  • Rotate
  • Scale
  • Shear
  • Reflect
  • Move

Other options in this menu are Transform again and Transform each. These are built on top of above transforms.

Transform Again

This command in lets you repeat a move, scale, rotate, reflect, or shear operation as many times as you want, until you perform a different transform operation. It is used for creating cool and repetitive patterns. To create copy using this tool :

  • Draw object on the Artboard
  • Perform any transform on the object and create copy of the object.
  • Select ‘Transform Again’ (Ctrl + D) to create another copy of the same object with last transformed applied on it.

In the below figure show an example for the same. Copy of the rectangle is created in the middle image. Duplicate object with same transform applied is created using transform again using Ctrl + D.

Transform Each

To transform multiple objects around their own individual reference points simultaneously, use Transform Each tool. This tool in will allow you to scale, rotate, and move multiple objects relative to their own reference points instead of a single reference point for the selected group. To apply transform on multiple object

  1. Select all of the objects you want to scale
  2. Go to Object > Transform > Transform Each (Command + option + shift + D)
  3. In the dialog box that pops up, you can choose to scale the objects, move the objects horizontally or vertically, or rotate them at a specific angle.
  4. Set the point of origin by selecting either the center point or any of the 4 sides or corner for the transformation to originate from.
  5. Select the “Preview” checkbox to see the effect of your transformation before you apply it and Select OK.

Below figure shows an example for the ‘Transform Each’. In this example object is moved to right by 100px.