Re-playing a Transform sequence in illustrator

Subject: Re-playing a Transform sequence in illustrator
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:54:27 -0400

We have a product, one version of which makes use of several little USB devices. They come in basic black, and we provide peel-and-stick labels to help identify the role and function to which each is assigned.

At some point, years ago, I elected to use a suitable photo of a blank, black "key" (the USB thingie), and to apply the artwork of each label separately, so I'd have an example of each to use as a visual/orientation aid in my docs. This involved skewing and rotating the picture of the label, in Illustrator, so it fit and looked natural on the blank key.

Now, a few years later, the labels have been updated.

I just finished applying various transforms, by trial-and-terror in Illustrator, to make one label fit nicely at the jaunty angle of the photo of the key.

Is there any way to capture the sequence that I just went through, so I can repeat it on seven more labels that I want to apply to the blank key?

It wasn't a straightforward set of two or three pre-determined steps. I poked and prodded and stretched and rotated and squished many times until it finally fit.

Yeah, yeah, next time I'll write down each change I make until I get it right, then just walk through the (amended) list.

But for now, is there a way to have Illustrator open another label artwork and apply the same multi-step kneading to it? And then again for another? And another... ?

I'm not modern. I have a copy of CS4 that I dusted off for the occasion.

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