Rotation center point remains with objects and groups, and is used when rotating an object using the bounding box controls.
I want to be able to permanently edit (and reset) an object's (or group's) rotation axis (centre point). I want the new rotation axis to apply for subsequent rotation transformations, for example when using the bounding box controls.
Currently, the rotation tool (r) allows you to pick up and move an object's centre, and then rotate the object around that point. Great, except that point disappears as soon as you exit the rotation tool, which isn't very helpful.
I'm told Corel Draw had something like this... I can't overstate how much power and efficiency it would add to my workflow. For instance, with figures, It would enable something akin to rigging!
Alessandro Leite commented
I just want the same REFERENCE POINT that we have on PhotoShop... hey, Adobe Guys, just CONTROL C on Reference Point of PhotoShop and CONTROL V on Illustrator! XD
In a few months it'll be this post's 4th aniversary... still wanting it.
So bizarre that something this fundamental doesn't exist. After years and years of multiple suggestions here, too.
So many designs (especially when used as templates to create multiple designs) would benefit from permanently altering the center of rotation for an element or group.
For example, radial rotation of text around the exact centerpoint of a group of design elements, where the text is not centered on the group's center.
30 months later... still really wanting this :)
Great idea, I've been wanting the ability to do this!
Garvit Varshney commented
Great Idea! Should be implemented
Ken, I have a solution for your problem with setting reference point with keyboard. It uses Autohotkey and works on Windows.
I'd like to change the "Set the Reference Point" in the proxy mechanism in the "Transform" properties with the KEYBOARD.
What can I do?
I can't create a custom keyboard shortcuts to select a different "Reference Point".
Alternately, When attempting to create 9 custom Actions associated with the keyboard, I ran out of keys because a function key is always required. And a modified function key (with ALT and/or Cntl) are partially reserved and (apparently) hard coded to some actions such as Ctrl+Shift+F4 make the application close the file without a dialog box.
In other news, this is the same as my first feature request. Perhaps give that some love? ;) Hopefully it'll get noticed...
On sweet heavens absolutely YES please, I've wanted this for ages. This simple feature would instantly add a ton of power to object manipulation in Illustrator.
Say, for example, you're making an object with connected parts, like a figure (human or other animal), a chain, a machine, or simply an abstract set of connected shapes; if you can permanently position the reference point of each sub-part of that object then you have effectively 'rigged' that object. Your figure now has joints, and is instantly easy to re-position without dislocating the limbs.
So yes, fully agreed. This gets my vote as a must-have feature.
The reference point of a shape, object or group always reverts to its default position: the center.
When rotating an object, you often find yourself clicking Alt to reposition that reference point to get the shape rotated the way you want it.
It would be great if the reference point's position could be maintained for that object, shape, group etc.
In other words, if someone repositions the reference point, save it to that new position and don't let it switch back to its center origin.