6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 13, 2013 4:59 AM by TᴀW

    Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?

    TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

      Hi,

       

      Just wondering if you know of any way of "resetting" the custom rotation

      of an object such that InDesign considers it to be zero.

       

      For example, let's say I draw a square. Then I rotate it 45 deg. so I've

      got a kind of diamond shape. Now I want to pull the left and right

      corners of the diamond -- but InDesign only lets me adjust the flat

      sides of the diamond with the black arrow tool. (The white arrow tool

      could be used to adjust each node individually, but that's a bit clumsy.)

       

      Please let me know if what I'm asking isn't clear.

       

      Thanks,

      Ariel

       

        • 1. Re: Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?
          Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I'm pretty sure this isn't an InDesign feature. In Illustrator, you can set the Constrain Angle in General Preferences which does what you want.

           

          If you had a lot of objects like this, it might make sense to do them in Illustrator.

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          • 2. Re: Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?
            TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Thanks Steve, just making sure.

             

            I was wondering if I'd overlooked something, because we do have a

            "redefine scaling as 100%", so I though maybe there's a "redefine

            rotation as 0 degrees" somewhere.

             

            Oh well...

             

            Thanks,

            Ariel

            • 3. Re: Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?
              [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

              Draw a very small object on top and call upon the Pathfinder to join them. InDesign will consider the newly-wed objects to be a total new one.

               

              A bit clumsy tho' ...

              • 4. Re: Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?
                TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Ah, that's quite clever! To amplify a little:

                 

                1. draw another object elsewhere on the page.

                2. select both objects.

                3. apply the the Add option from the pathfinder options.

                4. draw a marquee round the object in (1) above with the white arrow

                tool to select all the object's points.

                5. press delete.

                6. voila: the original object remains, with the rotation set to zero!

                 

                Good one, Jongware!

                 

                I wonder if it's scriptable? The two potential problems I envisage are

                whether it's possible to apply pathfinder operations with scripting

                (should be simple to find that one out; I expect it is possible), and if

                it is possible, would it be possible to keep track of all the points on

                the added object after applying the pathfinder operation, so that they

                can be deleted afterwards?

                 

                Ariel

                • 5. Re: Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?
                  Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  It's clever, and probably useful for a small number of objects.

                   

                  The Illustrator method is much easier and a better choice when you need a large number of elements constrained to a single angle.

                  • 6. Re: Consider custom rotation as 0 deg?
                    TᴀW Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Although I marked Jongware's answer as correct (as it does what I asked for specifically), in fact in many cases it won't work, as far as I can tell. Using the pathfinder functions can in different/more complicated cases lead to the original graphic changing shape.