Changing Object's Shape

The Free Transform Tool

The set of transformation tools in the Tools panel includes Free Transform, Symmetrical Distort and Free Distort.

In order to use any of these tools, you should select an object or several objects before activating the tool. Once a tool is activated, you cannot select or deselect objects.

These tools can work either with the whole object, or with some of the object's anchor points.

Free Transform

The Free Transform tool Free Transform tool icon in the Control panel can scale, shear and rotate objects.

Scale an Object

To scale an object, move the bounding box corner handle. By default, the width and height will change independently.

Original image
The object before the Free Transform tool was applied
Image scaled vertically
Free Transform tool icon in the Control panel

Holding one or several fingers on the screen while working with the tool, you can change its behaviour. When you hold one finger, it preserves the object's aspect ratio. When you hold two fingers, it transforms an object symmetrically. When you hold three fingers, it transforms an object symmetrically preserving the object's aspect ratio.

Shear an Object

To shear an object, move the handle in the middle of the bounding box side. This side will move along its current axis.

Original image
The object before the Free Transform tool was applied
Shear-like distortion
Free Transform tool made a shear-like distortion

For symmetrical distortion, hold two fingers on the screen.

Rotate an Object

To rotate an object around an arbitrary point, drag a pink circular handle to that point. Then rotate the object by dragging the rotation handle.

Original image
The object before the Free Transform tool was applied
Rotation around an arbitrary point
Free Transform rotated an object

Symmetrical Distort

The Symmetrical Distort tool Symmetrical Distort tool icon in the Tools panel can turn the rectangular bounding box of the object to trapezium. The object will be distorted accordingly. This distortion lets you show an object in perspective.

To perform the symmetrical distortion, drag a corner handle of the bounding box along one of the sides. The handle located on the same side will move in the opposite direction by the same distance.

Original image
The object before the Symmetrical Distort tool was applied
Symmetrical distortion
Symmetrical Distort tool distorted an image

Free Distort

The Free Distort tool Free Distort tool icon in the Tools panel lets you move each corner handle independently from the others.

To distort an object, drag one of the corner handles to a new position.

Original image
The object before the Free Distort tool was applied
Free Distort tool used
Free Distort tool distorted an image

Holding a second finger on the screen, you can transform an object symmetrically.