How to Use the Rotate Tool in Adobe Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator offers several methods for rotating objects. The simplest one is to use the Rotate Tool on the toolbar, which lets a user rotate objects by eye, rather than entering a specific angle into a text box.

  • Launch Adobe Illustrator. Open a new document by choosing "File" from the menu, followed by "New." Use the Rectangle Tool in the toolbar to draw a shape. Give the shape a colored fill or stroke so you can see it.

  • Select the shape with the Selection Tool in the toolbar. The Selection Tool looks like a solid arrow.

  • Select the Rotate Tool from the toolbar. The Rotate Tool resembles an arrow in a circle and might be temporarily hiding under the reflect tool, which looks like arrows reflecting.

  • With the rotate tool selected, put your cursor near or on the object and rotate it by moving the mouse or using the trackpad.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to rotate your object around a different point entirely, click off the object and click anywhere else on the document. Then move the cursor to rotate.

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