Skew an object

Skewing (or shearing) is a transformation that distorts an object by a specified angle from an axis. For example, when you skew a square, it becomes a parallelogram.

To skew an object

  1. Select the object that you want to skew, or shear, by using either the SelectionCc294531.2ff91340-477e-4efa-a0f7-af20851e4daa(en-us,Expression.10).png tool or the Direct SelectionCc294531.6dd6571f-c116-451d-8dd2-1f88b8406362(en-us,Expression.10).png tool.

  2. In the Properties panel, under Transform, click the SkewCc294531.90c478da-1e6b-4b59-8322-445053058a6d(en-us,Expression.10).png tab.

  3. Enter the desired skew values, in pixels (or, device-independent units that are approximately 1/96 inch), in the boxes for the X, Y, and Z (only for three-dimensional objects) properties.


If you don't have to enter precise values for the object that you want to skew, you can drag the skew handles Cc294531.2be41f49-8a61-4966-bf08-598f4253b610(en-us,Expression.10).png on the object to freely skew the object to the desired shape on the artboard. Hold the ALT key if you want to maintain the position of the center point (instead of maintaining the position of the opposite corner or edge).