Animating Multiple Points

When animating Curve, Envelope and Free Form deformers, the position of each point is independent from one another. In situations where you need to animate several deformation points simultaneously, you can select several deformation points, then move then together.

By default, this only allows you to move the selected points laterally. However, if you are working with Curve or Envelope deformations, you can also rotate or scale a selection of deformation points by using the Show Manipulator option of the Deformation toolbar. This option will display a manipulator bounding box with scale and rotation handles, which works similarly to the one you can use to transform drawing strokes with the Select tool or drawing layers with the Transform tool.

  • You can only select and manipulate several points with Curve, Envelope and Free Form deformations.
  • You can only use the deformation manipulator with Curve and Envelope deformers.