Anchor point on steroids
The anchor point is one of the top killer additions to the transformation tool in Illustrator. Currently as of 28 Jan 2021, we can only change the anchor point when rotating a shape.
However this functionality is very limited considering the potential of the anchor point nd that the anchor point is reset to centre, whether we need this behaviour or not.
For example, why can’t why adjust the anchor point for scaling or ny other transformation (skew, distort, warp, perspective, etc) as well?
Could we also snap the anchor point to every corner of the marquee?
How about leaving the anchor point where we moved it after rotating but also scaling and transforming an object? Resetting the anchor point limits the next operation and forced us to repositioning again. When working I very precise artwork such as icons or logos, it’s literally impossible to position the anchor point at the exact same location without using guides or spending a lot of unnecessary time.
If we move the anchor point before transforming the object it may mean that we need this anchor point to stay there as this is the new local origin for that shape for future transformations.
By pressing and holding the rotating handle again we could simply reset/centre the anchor point, hence we would have both options to work with.
It happens very often that while designing, different shapes own different origin local coordinates. This is where the anchor point comes handy. Centring the anchor point all the time is something that we rarely need in vector art.
We should be able to rotate, transform any object using the corners of the marquee without having to use the finger press for a simple transformation that does not happen from the center; and if we moved the anchor point the same would apply. We can’t we use the corner of the marque to rotate instead of the rotating handle? I believe design packages using the corners of the marquee take the corners as parametric adjustment instead of linear, giving us more fine control. Would this be possible ?