How to Transform and Double Objects in Illustrator
There are 5 commands in the “Object” Menu (Object > Transform > …) which can transform objects to specified value. These are Move, Rotate, Reflect, Scale and Shear. Any of these commands opens the dialog box in which you enter the required parameters, for example the rotation angle.
All dialog boxes of these commands have Copy button, when the copy button is clicked the object will be transformed and doubled.
There is also a useful command Transform again (Command/ Ctrl + D) in the menu Object > Transform >…. Let us see the practicality of this command. Suppose we need to place the same objects on a given distance from each other. Select the object, then go to the Object > Transform > Move… and set the move value in the dialog box; then click on Copy button.
Now the usage of Command / Ctrl + D shortcuts will repeat the last action, i.e. will double and move the selected object in this case.
The other command, Transform Each, from the menu Object > Transform >… allows us to make a couple of transformations with an object or some objects at the same time. Let’s check how we can apply it to a couple of objects.
Select the objects, then go to Object > Transform > Transform Each…. Now reduce the Scale value and set any value for the move value and rotation angle, and then tick Random and Preview.
As you can see, we quickly made some diversity in our composition.
This method is also good in fast creation of vector textures.