How To Use Perspective Tool In Illustrator | How To Use The Perspective Grid Tool In Illustrator

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How To Use The Perspective Grid Tool In Illustrator

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[MUSIC]. Hey, everyone, welcome back today. I want to talk about perspective, and, more importantly, the perspective grid tool inside illustrator, there’s so much that you can do with it, but let’s get a few things out of the way. First perspective comes in three different types. You have one point perspective, two point and three point, and basically, what makes it 1 2 or 3 is the vanishing points. So you can see on this one. On one point perspective, you have one vanishing point, and on two point, you have two. And on three point, there’s three one on each side and either up or down and the perspective grid will help you do all three of these you can choose which way you want your perspective. How many points you want your perspective to be? So let’s get started and we are going to just keep things simple today, and first let’s get the grid up. Which if you look over on the left hand side in your tool box, you will find it right in the middle of the Right-hand column. So if you click on the perspective grid, it’s gonna pop up if you want to show or hide it. The shortcut is ctrl or command ctrl shift in the letter. I and you can bring it. Hide it or show it. And then you’ll notice this little widget icon up in the left-hand corner, which we’ll get into a little bit more later, but first. I want to show you that you can adjust and right now. We have it set for two point perspective because there’s a vanishing point on each side here. If you go to view and down to perspective grid down towards the bottom, you can change your grid right here to either 1 2 or 3 mmm-hmm there we go, and it went down to the other art board, but you can change it to whatever you want and today we’re going to just work in two-point. So let’s get that back up my. Wyatt jumped down to my other art board, but we’ll just work with it anyway, and get rid of that. Okay, so we have our grid up here. And in order to manipulate the grid, you have to have the perspective tool selected, and then you can drag these points around and change the perspective, however, you want bigger, smaller, more narrow, just get it. However, you want to want it to be and these three gray dots down at the bottom. Actually, let you move things move. The different planes separately independent. So and this is the bottom, and you can also see that each plane is a different color on the grid. And you can change those you. You can customize your colors by going back to first get perspective grid and then define grid and then these are just kind of like all your ways that you can customize. You can do change your perspective. The units, the scale you can even change the colors of the grid and you can change the opacity of the grid as well. I don’t really want to change anything, so we’re just gonna leave it at that. I’m gonna get all my settings here back to normal, okay. We are going to quickly. Create a flat checkered graphic in order to apply to our perspective grid. So bear with me as I quickly do this. I’m just gonna make a checkerboard so that we can apply it to our grid. It’s not gonna be perfect by any means. Okay, so I’m gonna select all my squares and I’m going to group them together Using Ctrl G or command G and then we’re gonna bring up our grid again, and there we have it, and I want to apply this checkerboard to both planes, the left side and the right side, So I’m gonna make a copy of it so that I don’t have to recreate it for the second side. I’m just gonna move it off my artboard, but now I have my flat graphic selected, and I’m gonna look up here to my little icon, and it’s saying right now that I have the blue side selected, so it’s the blue side, the left-hand side that I want to apply the graphic to, and we’re gonna go back to our perspective tool here, and we’re gonna do the bottom one perspective selection tool so that it knows that we want to select our graphic and we have it on the blue side. So now if we hold the shift select, click on your graphic. Hold the shift key down and you can see as soon as you hold the shift key down. It already applies the perspective, so I’m just moving that around so you can see it, but holding the shift key down, drag your graphic to the blue side and let it go, and it automatically applies the perspective. And then you can grab your corners here and just kind of adjust it to the edges. There we go, and it applies the perspective to it. Isn’t that awesome, and now to do the second side we’re gonna follow the same process. We’re gonna use our selection tool. We’re gonna select our other copy over here, but now we don’t. We don’t want it on the blue side. We want it on the orange side, so we have to go to our purse active tool, and then we if we press to it changes to the green, which is the bottom plane and we don’t want that, but we want the right side, so we’re going to hit number three, and we are going to hold our shift key down and click and drag our graphic to the orange side, and then we can drag this out, drag the corners and there we have it and I’m gonna hide the grid, which is control 8 Shh! Oh, control semicolon here. Let’s do it the easy way view perspective. Grid hide. Oops, so there you can easily apply any flat graphic to any side of your perspective grid by using the shift key and your perspective selection tool so you could use this for buildings. You could use this. If you want to do some sort of a mock-up if you’re doing some packaging, and you want to show, you know, you’ve designed the front and the back and the side of a box, but you want to show your client what it give them a better idea of a kind of a 3d view. You could take your design your flat design for your box, and you could apply it to the perspective tool to give it that 3d look there. The possibilities with this tool are endless. And I can’t wait to see what you create with them and as always. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. My inbox is always open if you haven’t subscribed already to my Youtube Channel, Go ahead and click that subscribe button youll. Get a free tutorial every week delivered to your to your Youtube channel, and if you want to go a step further, there’s a link below and you can subscribe to get a free tutorial delivered to your inbox every week and start learning all the fun stuff. There is to learn with Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. And I hope to see you soon, thanks.