"Transform Pattern Only" not working

Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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CC 2017. I'm trying to transform the pattern only. I went into the transform panel, went to options, and selected "Transform Pattern Only." Then I go to the select tool, or the transform tool. Both object AND pattern are transformed or rotated. When I use direct select tool to move the pattern, it works as expected. Pattern is moved, but not the object.

If I select "Transform Object Only," the setting behaves as expected. The object is rotated while the pattern is stationary.

The tilde shortcut isn't working, either.

I can rotate the pattern in the value box, where I can punch in a number and see how it looks, but everything on the internet tells me I should be able to just use the normal transform tools. I don't know why checking "Transform Pattern Only" doesn't work. Anyone have any idea?

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May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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Which system?

Which language?

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May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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English keyboard (if that's what you mean; I know the tilde shortcut is different on different keyboards)

Windows 10 Operating System

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And Windows as also Illustrator are in English as well?

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May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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Yes, it's all English

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May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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It should work with the selection tool and the rotate, scale, shear and mirror when you press the tilde key.

While you transform it first looks as if the object is move, but when you release the mouse, it's really only the pattern.

Do you have any tools installed that enhance keyboard input or shortcuts?

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May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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It works with scale, shear, and mirror. But it still doesn't work with rotate. I release the mouse, and the both object and pattern is rotated.

I have no other tools installed.....though, actually, this is a workplace computer, so I can't promise that. Do you know how I can find that out?

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May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

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I'm sorry, I'm a Mac person 🙂

Don't know how to find out anything on Windows.

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May 19, 2017 May 19, 2017

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on my (windows) keyboard, it's the ` key, above tab.

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May 19, 2017 May 19, 2017

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That's how it is on my keyboard, too. The ` shortcut works as expected with every other transform function except for rotate. I can scale, shear, etc, but if I want the pattern rotated, I have to punch in numbers.

Or, it WAS working. Today when I logged in, the tilde isn't working at all anymore. Except when I use the direct select tool to move the pattern around.

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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My transform tools are all screwed up too!

(I am on mac, english keyboard)

Rotate and scale seem to be affected.

Tilde is not working.

I cannot choose any option except to rotate/scale the object only, patterns and gradients remain the same orientation and scale. The option to transform patterns is unchecked and transform object is checked, but I cannot change this as they are both greyed out in the pop up window, and no matter what I choose in the drop down menu they default back and are still unselectable.

I have tried making a new file, making a new object, restarting the program, and restarting my computer.

Something is wrong with the program.

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