Dragging handles for equal and opposite effects in Illustrator

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I was asked recently how to drag a handle out from an element, or shape, in Illustrator so that it would apply the same stretch or contraction to the opposite side by an equal amount. I mentioned it to someone else and was surprised they didn’t know how to do it either. So I’ve posted the How To and maybe it’ll be useful to you, too. For some reason IE refuses to display the SVG so I suggest you try another browser. I’ll keep trying to find a solution to this. As a PS: I guess you know to hold down the Alt key when clicking on a handle with the Direct Selection tool to move the handles independently of one another.

Lots of spam today making as much sense as Holly from Red Dwarf when the ship was hit by a meteor storm:
“Rude alert! Rude alert! An electrical fire has knocked out my voice-recognition unicycle! Many Wurlitzers are missing from my database! Abandon shop! This is not a daffodil! Repeat, this is not a daffodil!”.

Some spam bots are much more sophisticated than this though and make seemingly intelligent and appropriate comments like “you have obviously thought a lot about this and given me something to consider”.  It’s nice to have my ego flattered and be considered thought-provoking with my intellectually-challenging crocheted sock designs – especially when the comment links back to a site selling ‘make your willy bigger today’ sorts of things. Heheheh.

Red Dwarf also came to mind when I got a preview of an article in a crafting mag. There was a picture of a GREEN stainy pattern – apparently on a handkerchief with copy saying something like ‘well it looks like I made a mess of my hankie….’. I couldn’t agree more and thought but why photograph it and then post it on the www?

Kryten’s words of wisdom came to the fore: “Well, let’s forego the noise and the revolting burbling sound and go straight to the really gross part where you always, and I mean always, having blown your nose, open up the handkerchief and take a look at the contents. I mean, why? What do you expect to see in there? A Turner seascape, perhaps? The face of the Madonna? An undiscovered Shakespearian sonnet?

You know the expression: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Well, that came to mind at the recent change to the icon set in the latest version of Skype.  I use Skype a lot as I have friends and family in far flung places and don’t use Face Book. The icon set was fairly basic to begin with but I did like the Cheeky one. They’ve replaced it with a really lame, sad and crappy thing. Gah! I have designed icon sets for interfaces (admittedly, industrial design) and know that it can be difficult to capture the function of an icon to make an interface more user-friendly and intuitive to use. But, when you’ve got it right, leave it alone.The Cheeky change wasn’t the only retrograde step – check out Emo (I used to use that one to depict a certain person!) and Cool now looks smug and gloaty. Bleh!!!

So, thank you for looking and as a measure of my unstinting regard for you:
Understand me when I saaaaaay
I’m trying to say nungy-nangy (nangy-nungy)
Ningy-nongy, but I can’t tell you clearly (clearly)
Be-dobby-durgle (dobby-durgle)
Durgle-dobby (durble-dobby)
Whenever you’re around (around)
Whenever you’re around (around)


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