How to Use the Rotate Tool in Adobe Illustrator


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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