# The transform methods

## Table of Contents

### About the transform methods

### Transform methods

## About the transform methods

The default coordinate system has its origin in the
upper-left corner. The positive x-axis extends to the right.
The positive y-axis extends downward. You can change this
coordinate system by using one or more of the transform methods
described on this page. This image shows the default coordinate
system.

This image shows a drawing without transformations.

The transform methods are defined in the RVG, RVG::Group, and
RVG::Use classes. You can also chain
these methods to the shape methods
and to the image method.

## Transform methods

#### matrix

obj.matrix(sx, rx, ry, sy, tx, ty) ->
obj

##### Description

Replaces the current transformation matrix with a new matrix
having the specified values. See the SVG
standard for more information.

##### Arguments

- sx, sy
- The scale factor in the
*x*-dimension and
*y*-dimension, measured in user coordinates.
- rx, ry
- The amount of rotation about the x-axis and y-axis,
measured in degrees.
- tx, ty
- The translation on the
*x*-axis and the
*y*-axis, measured in user coordinates.

#### rotate

obj.rotate(angle[, cx, cy]) -> obj

##### Description

Rotates the axes about the origin or, if cx and cy are present,
about the specified point.

##### Arguments

- angle
- The amount of rotation. Positive angles rotate clockwise,
negative angles rotate counter-clockwise.
- cx, cy
- If present, the point to rotate about.

##### Example

See scale.

#### scale

obj.scale(sx[, sy]) ->
obj

##### Description

Scales the axes.

##### Arguments

- sx
- The amount of scaling on the
*x*-axis.
- sy
- If present, the amount of scaling on the
*y*-axis.
Otherwise defaults to sx.

##### Example

#### skewX

obj.skewX(angle) -> obj

##### Description

Skews the *x*-axis.

##### Arguments

- angle
- The skew amount, measured in degrees.

##### Example

See skewY

#### skewY

obj.skewY(angle) -> obj

##### Description

Skews the *y*-axis.

##### Arguments

- angle
- The skew amount, measured in degrees.

##### Example

#### translate

obj.translate(tx[, ty]) ->
obj

##### Description

Moves the origin.

##### Arguments

- tx
- The location of the new origin on the x-axis.
- ty
- The location of the new origin on the y-axis. If omitted,
defaults to tx.

##### Example