Use the Rotate Tool and Reflect Tool in Illustrator CS6

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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use "Rotate Tool" and "Reflect Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.

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    To begin, you should open Adobe Illustrator CS6 either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator on the list. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator".
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6".
    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace. We need a document now.
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    Click "File" in the horizontal menu in the top-left corner.
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document.
    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK".
    With your document ready, you need shapes.
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    Add a "Fill" color by clicking the "Fill" box in the toolbar.
    For more information on how to do that, refer to our tutorial on how to use "Stroke" and "Fill" colors.
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    Click a color in "Color Picker".
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    Click "OK".
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    Create a shape to work with by clicking "Star Tool".
    It is accessible from the "Rectangle Tool" if you click and drag it. For more information on how to do that, refer to our tutorials on how to create basic shapes and how to get perfect shapes. The "Shape Builder" tool merges different shapes together to create one shape.
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    Next, click the "Selection Tool" black arrow in the vertical toolbar on the left side of the window.
    If you have a more complicated object, you can use other selection tools.
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    You may need to click your object to select it.
    A blue outline with anchor points will appear, which means that the object is now ready for editing.
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    After that, click "Rotate Tool" in the vertical toolbar.
    The "Rotate Tool" icon looks like a circular arrow.
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    Click and drag your object.
    This will rotate it until you release the mouse button. In the center of the object, there is a small green point. This point is the pivot for your rotated object.
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    Zoom the document in.
    For more information on how to do that, refer to our tutorial on how to zoom into and out of the artboard.
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    Click anywhere to create a new pivot.
    This is a green point. Imagine this as the pin from which your star will be hanging. This point will not move.
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    Click the central point of the star.
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    Click and drag the object.
    It will rotate around the center.
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    Click a corner.
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    Click and drag the object.
    It will rotate around the point of the star.
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    Click and drag "Rotate Tool" in the vertical toolbar to select "Reflect Tool".
    The icon looks like two triangles reflected in a mirror.
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    Now, click and drag the shape.
    The tool will reflect the shape from the pivot. You can use this tool in the same way as "Rotate Tool": by clicking points and clicking and dragging the object around them. The tool helps to map out a pattern on the artboard.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Rotate Tool" and "Reflect Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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