Changing Object's Shape

The Free Transform Tool

The Free Transform tool Free Transform tool icon has three modes that can be selected in the Control panel: Free Transform, Symmetrical Distort and Free Distort.

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

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

Free Transform

In the Free Transform mode, the tool can scale, shear and rotate objects.

Free Transform tool icon in the Control panel

Holding down the Opt key, you can transform an object symmetrically.

Scale an Object

To scale and object, move the bound box corner handle. By default, the width and height will change independently. To maintain the aspect ratio, scale the object holding down the Shift key.

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

Shear an Object

To shear an object, move the handle in the middle of the bound 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

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 any corner handle of the bound box.

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

Symmetrical Distort

In this mode, you can turn the rectangular bound box of the object to trapezium. The object will be distorted accordingly. This distortion let you show an object in perspective.

Symmetrical Distort tool icon in the Control panel

To perform the symmetrical distortion, drag a corner handle of the bound 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

This mode lets you move each corner handle independently from the others.

Free Distort tool icon in the Control panel

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 down the Opt key, you can transform an object symmetrically.