The new “Orient Transform Tool” in SubScribe

The new “Orient Transform Tool” in SubScribe

3 minute read

Without a doubt, the new SubScribe update represents significant improvements for the creation of objects within Adobe Illustrator. A complete list is available on the SubScribe homepage or our YouTube channel. However, this time I will refer specifically to the Orient Transform Tool.

A simplified description would be: "A tool that allows you to rotate, scale and position elements creatively and accurately."
However, the ease of use and the speed with which we can solve some situations make its simplicity the most powerful virtue.

You will notice that on some occasions it resembles ColliderScribe, but its potential goes further.
I admit that in the initial stages of the tool testing I did not understand very well how it works and the possible uses within the workflow until our programming chief detonated my ideas with a simple example that I detail below.

A bookshelf…
Imagine the illustration of a shelf where you randomly place a series of books, without worrying about space and much less do previous calculations to verify if your books fit.

This is a simple operation with Orient Transform Tool:
Just select the object to be accommodated, define which part of the book will be your base and then execute the action. If you want to copy it, remember to press the “alt or option” key.

The following figures describe the steps:

Now, it does not have to be strictly horizontal or vertical.

Let's see this example in which we put the books around a heptagon and use the anchor points of the shape as a reference.

From this explanation, the first example that I wanted to reproduce (to see the scope of the tool) is a mosaic based on hexagons, triangles, and squares: "A Tessellation."

It's lovely to do in 6 minutes, something that usually takes at least 30 minutes with traditional methods!

The process is summarized in the following video.

The best for the last.

As a last-minute surprise, these operations can be performed with symbols, and the tool detects (not only the absolute geometry) but also detects the geometry of the parts that make up the symbol. These can be used as a base or as a reference for the placement of the elements.

Thanks to this function we can accommodate elements in our design and then edit only the symbol to complement.
In the next video, we will edit the fins of our terrifying monster.

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