Skewing objects interactively

You can skew objects interactively with the mouse by dragging the skewing handles. Skewing handles are the straight horizontal and vertical arrows which appear at the mid-points of the object. The Free Skew tool changes the slant and the position of the object.

Using the mouse to skew an object horizontally and to the right.

Using the mouse to skew an object horizontally and to the right.

To skew an object using the mouse

K I Double-click the object with the Pick tool. 2 Do one of the following:

• Drag a horizontal skewing handle to skew the object left or right.

• Drag a vertical skewing handle to skew the object up or down.

To skew an object horizontally and vertically

1 Double-click the object with the Pick tool.

2 Hold down ALT, and drag a skewing handle.

To skew a line, curve, or closed object

1 Double-click the object with the Pick tool.

2 Drag a skewing handle in any direction.

To skew an object using the Free Skew tool

1 Open the Shape Edit flyout, and click the Free Transform tool.

2 Click the Free Skew tool on the Property Bar.

3 Click the object you want to skew.

4 Click anywhere in the Drawing Window to fix an anchor point.

5 Drag to skew the object.

¿r^s" • To maintain control when setting an anchor point, click close to the object and drag away from it slowly. If you find that the object is moving off the Drawing Window, you can zoom out to retrieve it.

• To skew an object along its horizontal and vertical dimensions at the same time, hold down ALT as you drag the skewing handle. Keep the cursor close to the object to control it.

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