You can use options in the Advanced Symmetry box of the Pick tool palette to rotate and flip segments. This box is closed by default. Click the arrow on the Advanced Symmetry bar to expand the box.
IMPORTANT: Rotating and flipping in EasyDraw can be done but it is important to remember that all segments must touch one another or the outside edge of the block for EQ to be able to define the patch and fill it with color. This is more of an advanced technique.
Rotating by Degree
With a segment or segments selected, choose Rotate in the Advanced Symmetry box.
In the Rotate dialog, use the number entry or click and hold the left mouse button, and drag the slide control to set the angle of rotation. This angle is positive in the clockwise direction. Allowable values are 1 to 359.
Rotating and Flipping Using the Advanced Symmetry Options
First select the segments you want to rotate or flip with the Pick tool. Open the Advanced Symmetry box by clicking the triangle as shown above. In the Advanced Symmetry box, you can choose to rotate 90, 180, or 270 degrees by clicking on the desired button. The flip buttons allow you to apply several different flipping options.
You must have at least one segment selected for the commands to be available. The pictures below show the result of applying each of the commands.
Rotating by Using the Mouse
When you first click on a segment with the Pick tool, eight small boxes appear around it indicating that it’s selected. To rotate or skew using the mouse, you must enter the rotate mode by holding down the Ctrl key (Command key) as you click on the center icon. This method allows you to change quickly and easily between select mode and rotate mode.
When you are in rotate mode, the center cursor changes to a bull’s eye and the eight small boxes change to arrows. Move the cursor over one of the corner arrows until it changes to the rotate cursor. Then click and hold the left mouse button, and drag it in the desired direction to rotate releasing the mouse when the selection is at the desired angle.
- This method of rotation makes it difficult to return to the original orientation of the select, so make sure that you really want to rotate or that precision is not important. If not, select Undo from the Edit menu before proceeding.
- You can also skew the selection while you are in the rotate mode. To skew, move the cursor over one of the double-headed arrows until it changes to the skew cursor. Then click and hold the left mouse button, and drag it in the desired direction to skew.