Horizontally/Vertically Straightening a Shape in Illustrator


Let's say I have a shape that I rotated at an awkward angle of let's say 34°. I close the document, return a few hours later, and want to straighten the it back to its original 90° or 0° angle. The problem is I don't remember the angle I originally rotated it at. Shift + Rotating nor resetting its bounding box does the trick. Any shortcuts/options I'm overlooking here? For example how would I rotate this quadrilateral so that it sits horizontally straight and looks like a box.

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12/30/2013 5:19:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Using smart-guides, it's pretty easy to make a new guide and align your edges to them. Set the center of rotation to intersect the lowest desired edge and a guide, then rotate until both are collateral.

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12/30/2013 4:44:00 AM