I’ve been making some shoe tags lately by etching with my Curio on acrylic. Our family has started a tradition of wearing Converse at the reception of family weddings, and I add the tags with the couple’s initials and the wedding date. (If you want to see how I do this, I covered it in detail in this post.) The ones I’m doing this time are for a Disney FREAK! I’m putting their initials in the middle where the face would be, and the wedding date on the ears. As I was doing that, I needed to rotate the numbers on the ears to fit best. That brings up a good quick tip — how do you rotate the text boxes in opposite directions so that the angles match perfectly? That’s our topic today.
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Creating matching angles
I’m going to show you how to do this on a heart shape. First, create your text boxes.
Next, use the green rotate circle to adjust the angle of the one on the right.
Now open the Transform panel and go to the Rotate tab. As long as your one text box is still selected, you’ll see the exact angle you rotated to in the upper section called Rotate To.
Keep that number in your head and select the other text box you want to rotate. This time, we’ll work in the second section called Rotate By. My first text box rotated 20.9°. That means I’ll need to rotate the second one BY -20.9° to make it turn the opposite direction. Backspace out the 0.0 that’s in there, type your rotation angle and then click Apply in the panel or Enter on your computer keyboard.
The angles of rotation on my text boxes match with just a few quick steps.
If you’d like to learn more about Rotation and all the tools in the Transform panel, check out my series here.
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