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Here's how skewing works: Imagine there are two bars running through the element, one
along each of the x and y axes. When you skew in the x direction, the y axis is rotated by the
skew angle. Yes, the y (vertical) axis is the one that rotates in a skewX() operation. Positive
angles are counterclockwise, and negative angles are clockwise. h at's why the i rst box in the
preceding example appears to tilt rightward: h e y axis was tilted 33.3 degrees clockwise.
h e same basic thing happens with skewY() : h e x axis is tilted by the specii ed number of
degrees, with positive angles tilting it counterclockwise and negative angles tilting clockwise.
h e interesting part here is how the origin plays into it. If the origin is in the center and you
provide a negative skewX() , then the top of the element will slide to the right of the origin
point while the bottom will slide to the let . Change the origin to the bottom of the element,
though, and the whole thing will tilt right from the bottom of the element (see Figure 7-41).
.box1 { transform : skewX(-23deg) ;}
.box2 { transform : skewY(-23deg) ; transform-origin : bottom center ;}
Figure 7-41: Two skewed elements, each with a different skewing origin.
Similar ef ects happen with vertical skews.
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