Hello, today we have a new Illustrator tutorial in which we’re going to show you how to leverage the Perspective Grid to create some pretty amazing designs. Since the CS5 version, the Adobe team incorporated a new tool known as the Perspective Grid, this tool allows you to easily create artworks in perspective by adapting all the objects to this grid, you can harness this tool to represent scenes as they are supposed to be seen by the human eye.
Among the things you can do with the perspective grid tool we have defining up to three vanishing point perspectives, adjust different perspective parameters, draw objects directly into the grid, work with real measures and more. To activate the Perspective Grid simply click in View>Perspective Grid>Show Grid or hit Ctrl+Shift+I (on Windows) or Cmd+Shift+I (on Mac), now you can start working in your perspective designs. Let’s take a look at the different parts of this tool so you can take advantage of all its features.
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I just took the original graphic from Adobe and re-scaled it for the site, these are the different parts that make part of the perspective grid.
A. Use that icon to switch between planes in the perspective.
B. This is the left vanishing point.
C. Vertical Grid Extent
D. Perspective Grid Ruler
E. Right Vanishing Point
F. Horizon Line
G. Horizon Height
H. Ground Level
I. Horizon Level
J. Extent of Grid
K. Grid Cell Size
L. Ground Level
M. Extent of Grid
N. Right Grid Plane Control
O. Horizontal Grid Plane Control
P. Left Grid Plane Control
In addition to these features, you can also select the Perspective Selection tool by pressing Shift+V or selecting it from the Tools panel. This tool snaps the objects to the perspective grid while you move, scale, duplicate or bring them into the perspective grid. The Perspective Selection tool allows you to:
- Bring objects, texts and symbols in perspective
- Switch between active planes using keyboard shortcuts (press 1, 2 or 3 while dragging an element to place it in another plane).
- Move, scale, and duplicate objects in perspective space
- Move and duplicate objects perpendicular to its current position in the perspective plane (press the 5 key before or while moving an object change between regular Perspective movement and Perpendicular Movement).
Some useful links about Perspective Grid Tool
While searching online I found a few examples that can help you learn more about how to use the Perspective Grid tool to create pretty impressive artworks, I hope you find these useful: