Rotating Text and Images in Pagemaker

There are two very easy ways to rotate text or images in Pagemaker.

The first of these is to use the rotate tool from the Pagemaker toolbar (this is the dotted circle with an arrow that appears below the pointer tool). The rotate tool can also be activated from the keyboard using shift-F2. The next step is to click on the text block or image that you want to rotate and then click on the handle that you want to use as the centre of rotation and drag the mouse in the appropriate direction to rotate the image to where you want it to go. If you have the control palette open then you will be able to see the angle of rotation displayed at the top right corner of the palette. This is a rather imprecise way of performing the rotation but if accuracy is not too important then this may be the quickest way to do it.

When precision is important then there is a better way to perform the rotation and that is to enter the rotation value (in degrees) into the control palette itself. To do this you must first select either the rotation tool or the pointer tool and then click on the point that you want to use as the centre of rotation either using the handles on the selected object itself or the handles on the proxy at the left hand end of the control palette. In either case the selected handle will appear larger than the others on the proxy. Now all that you need to do is to enter the exact angle required into the rotation field at the end of the control palette.

If minor adjustments to the exact angle are required then the nudge buttons immediately to the left of the rotation field in the control palette can be used to adjust the angle in 0.1 degrees increments.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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