Rotate Object - Reset to 0 degrees

New Here ,
Jul 09, 2009 Jul 09, 2009

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Rotation of an object does not "remember" how it was originally created if you use the Transform Rotate panel.  It would be great if you use this feature that it would remember the original orientation of the object (like in Flash).

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New Here ,
Nov 12, 2010 Nov 12, 2010

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I would also like to be able to do this.

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Explorer ,
Dec 14, 2010 Dec 14, 2010

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Yes Please! I've often wanted this capability.

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Engaged ,
Dec 14, 2010 Dec 14, 2010

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I've been asking for this forever!

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Explorer ,
Dec 20, 2010 Dec 20, 2010

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Me too!

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New Here ,
Jan 27, 2011 Jan 27, 2011

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PLEASE! That would be great! Indesign does it, why not illustrator? Why is it so important for one but not the other?

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Explorer ,
Feb 08, 2011 Feb 08, 2011

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+1

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Engaged ,
Feb 19, 2011 Feb 19, 2011

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We miss it. Also missing is the option for a percentage scale pattern, scale object etc., and its memory.

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Explorer ,
Sep 28, 2011 Sep 28, 2011

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Would love this feature too!

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Dec 21, 2011 Dec 21, 2011

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 02, 2012 Jan 02, 2012

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Can't believe Illustrator doesn't have this already.

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Engaged ,
Jan 02, 2012 Jan 02, 2012

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This may be settled by creating a "Rotation Live Effect". It sounds ridiculous, but now that I've been using AI for 4 years (after using Corel for 17 years) I'm finally getting used to how AI "thinks" (or is forced to think by clinging to it's original code) and this seems the only way it's likely to happen.

Live Effects seems to be AI's way of being more like Corel Draw and Freehand. A Rotation Live Effect Would at least remember an object's original rotation or current rotation. Of course we would need to use it interactively so I guess that means adding yet another tool. We could then use the Eye Dropper to copy the rotation of another object (which is an obvious must).

I have to say, though, finally after 4 years I'm beginning to see Adobe is trying to make AI 'make sense' like Corel and Freehand by adding 'absurd multi-stepped work-arounds'. Like AI's ridiculously huge and invasive bounding boxes around Type (font metrics box?) by adding the Outline Object effect just to make text align to other objects properly. Me, I add Outline Object to mostly every piece of text I create just to get the bounding box closer and have an easier time of moving different type elements closer together. But i have to say I was OVERJOYED when I discovered Outline Object, even though it was an extra step with an extra requirement (keep Preview Bounds switched on). So even if they come up with a Rotation Effect, in the end it's what we need and at least we'll be able to the job done, albeit after a few extra steps.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 02, 2012 Jan 02, 2012

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Well you would think that rotated objects in Illustrator must know their rotation because their bounding boxes are crooked and it is possible to reset the bounding boxes. How can that work and yet there isn't a simple way to 0 the rotation of an object?

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Engaged ,
Jan 02, 2012 Jan 02, 2012

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True! But for some reason the Transform Panel always snaps back to 0˚ after you rotate something, whether you use the panel or the bounding box to rotate. Seems they have the technology, they're just not doing anything with it.

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New Here ,
Mar 21, 2013 Mar 21, 2013

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The bizarre thing is, if you rotate the object using the Selection Tool rather than the Rotate Tool, the tool tip shows its absolute angle rather than its relative one. So the Illustrator file *does* have this information! Why can't we use it?

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Explorer ,
May 21, 2013 May 21, 2013

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Fireworks had a great "remove transformaton" command that restored an object to the original size/angle.

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2013 Oct 24, 2013

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Why does this even need to be requested?

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Engaged ,
Oct 24, 2013 Oct 24, 2013

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+1.

According to me, the band Adobe Illustrator do not you just too proud to repeat what eg Corel had from the beginning. (or patent rights).

Ai-Reset.jpg

The same applies to many features to Ai, which kind of obvious they were introduced years later and after many thousands of obvious user requests.

Please look at the table of the new features. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Illustrator

By me really little lacking to Ai became an ideal program, so that small things really irritate obvious in everyday work, as if it was a brand new program and no tradition of graphic work.

Annoying is the fact that Illustrator does not carry the the new features with the option to add and vote.

Fingers crossed that the new business model of Adobe CC will be free from the problems of marketing to make changes in order to maintain sales at a high level.

Regards!

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New Here ,
Jul 17, 2015 Jul 17, 2015

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Bump. 2015 says hello.

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New Here ,
Sep 13, 2015 Sep 13, 2015

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As long as the bounding box hasn't been reset, just rotate the object to any angle and take note of the angle, e.g. 16.02 degrees. Then double click the rotation tool and set the angle to same angle except as a negative value, e.g. -16.02.

I found this tip here: Adobe CS Tips: Reset absolute rotation in illustrator

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New Here ,
Sep 15, 2015 Sep 15, 2015

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We have a workflow that is impacted by the lack of memory on rotation.

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Dec 28, 2015 Dec 28, 2015

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Feb 26, 2016 Feb 26, 2016

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Explorer ,
Mar 28, 2016 Mar 28, 2016

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Its Very Simple to Do Show the Transform Pallet in Indesign then notice the rotation and skew boxes on the right side... they will be a differennt number if the Box is selected whether it be a text box or picture box.  See screenshot below...   the Box is rotated at 10.5 so type 0 in the Box where it shows 10.5°

Screenshot 2016-03-28 23.46.31.png

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New Here ,
Jul 25, 2016 Jul 25, 2016

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Naww. Still not helpful when opening up a file that already has something rotated and you don't know by what degrees it was rotated.

Pleaseee simplify this workflow Adobe crew.

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