Shortcut to Reflecting Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
I want to show you my favorite way to be able to take artwork and basically what's called reflect it. If we're drawing artwork and we draw half of an object and we want to be able to go in and just basically copy it and flip it, in the beginning class we talked about how to do that to show that, I wanna show you the fast way to do this and this works for a lot of tools, okay. Move over to the left and you should see we have that kind of wacky shape right there. What I'd like you to do is go ahead and click on it and you should see that it's not quite joined but it's all one object. That's totally fine, we're gonna work with this. What I'd like to do is we're gonna take that, we are gonna copy it, we're gonna reflect it across and we're gonna do it right on an anchor point so we don't have to move it at all, in one step. This is pretty cool. Now, we gotta make sure that smart guides are turned on. Come under view and come to smart guides and turn them on, if you see a check mark you're ...
good, if you don't hit it, you should turn them on. What I'm about to show you guys works for just about every one of these transform commands. Come over to the left and you can see rotate, go ahead and click and hold down and you'll see reflect. Select the reflection tool. Now this is the key, this is the thing that works for a lot of these and let's you do it in one step, if I hold down, you guys are gonna notice that little aqua reflect around point, if I hold down the option key right now, like I said this works for rotating, reflecting, a lot of things, what we can do is we can come to an anchor point and if you hover over it like one of the ends here, you're gonna see the word anchor, that's because of smart guides, if I click right now, it's gonna open a dialogue, it's gonna set the reflect around point right there and let me copy and reflect it in one step. So option click on the anchor point, you'll see the reflect dialogue, select preview, it should automatically be vertical which is good, and click copy. And there we go. A lot of times we're working with symmetrical objects, we don't wanna reinvent the wheel, we don't wanna draw both halves, we don't wanna do that kind of thing, this is a nice easy way. There are a lot of other ways to get that done using effects and things like that but this is actually pretty cool.