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In this tutorial we’ll be having a look at how you can rotate an object around a point using Adobe Illustrator. By default, Illustrator rotates objects around their center point. If you want to manually change the rotation point then we’ll have to use a dedicated tool for that.
As you may already know, in Illustrator you can rotate objects by using the Selection Tool. The problem with using this tool though is that it only rotates objects around their center point. Using the Rotate Tool instead allows us to choose the axis of rotation. Let’s have a look.
Rotate Around A Point In Illustrator
The video tutorial below will walk you through the entire process in just 2 minutes:
Continue on for a step-by-step breakdown.
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To rotate an object around a point in Illustrator we must first select the object using the Selection Tool.
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Simply click on your object to select it. You will know it’s selected when you see the blue bounding box around it.
Step 2: Grab the Rotate Tool and move the blue crosshair to the location you’d like to rotate around
With the object selected, grab the Rotate Tool (keyboard shortcut: R) and locate the small blue crosshair in the center of the object:
This represents the rotation center of the object and serves as the axis that the object will rotate around. Click and drag the crosshair to the location that you’d like to rotate your object around:
Once placed, all you have to do to rotate your object is simply click and drag somewhere outside of the shape and the object will rotate around the designated rotation point:
Holding the Shift key while doing so will lock the rotation onto 45 degree steps:
Tip: Holding the Alt key in addition will allow you to make copies of the object as you rotate it.
And if you want to rotate your object by inputting a specific numerical value, all you have to do is hold the Alt key (Option if using Mac) while clicking and dragging the rotation center. Once placed, a menu will populate allowing you to input a numerical value of your choosing:
You can also use the blue handle within the menu to rotate the object manually.
How To Reset The Rotation Center In Illustrator
As it turns out, there’s no way to directly reset the rotation point of an object once it’s placed. To reset it you must deselect the object, deselect the Rotate Tool, and once you select everything again it will be placed in its original center point.
Rotating objects around a point in Illustrator is a simple enough process once you know how to use the Rotate Tool, but compared to other applications which have this feature built into the regular Select Tool, this approach feels a bit cumbersome and dated. Ideally there wouldn’t be a need for a dedicated tool.
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