When you select and drag an object, or resize it via the sizing handles, you are transforming the object. The Align Objects, Rotate, and Free Rotate commands also transform the selected object. The accumulated effects of all transformations applied to an object are recorded as a set of page transformation parameters.
The Home | Selection | Transform command or the button open the Transform dialog. This dialog allows you to read, set, and reset the six page transformation parameters associated with the selected object. These six parameters allow for four distinct transformations: scale, shear, rotation, and offset. The coordinate origin for these transformations is the center of the page. Thus, in the untransformed state, the center of an object coincides with the center of the printed page.
Use the Transform dialog to change the transform parameters for the selected object.
The X Offset specifies the horizontal translation (in page units). A positive X Offset shifts the object to the right, a negative X Offset shifts the object to the left.
The Y Offset specifies the vertical translation (in page units). A positive Y Offset shifts the object up, a negative Y Offset shifts the object down.
The X Scale parameter modifies the width of the object. A value of 2.0 doubles the width, a value of 0.5 cuts the width in half, while a value of 1.0 leaves the width unchanged.
The Y Scale parameter modifies the height of the object. A value of 2.0 doubles the height, a value of 0.5 cuts the height in half, while a value of 1.0 leaves the height unchanged.
The Rotation specifies a counterclockwise rotation about the origin. The rotation angle is given in degrees.
The Shear changes the X coordinate as the Y coordinate changes. For example, a shear of 1.0 shifts the X coordinate 1 inch to the right for every inch along the Y axis.
When you check the Identity (Clear Transform) box, the transformation is reset back to the identity; that is, the selected object is untransformed.
The order in which the transformations are applied makes a difference (these transformations are not commutative). The four transformations are applied in the following order: scale, shear, rotation, and translation.
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