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Adobe Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks, from illustration to app development. This course demonstrates core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow—for print, the web, or building assets that will find their way into other applications. Author Justin Seeley explains the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organize them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
There may come a time, as you continue to work with objects and perspective, that you want to take three-dimensional Space. This could be a logo, or a symbol that you created in another document, or it could be simply text that you want to type out, and put on the side of the building. For instance, in this document, I want to put something that says, the Roux Academy right here across the top of the building. And so, in order to do that, I need to create a text layer. When I select the Text tool, I can click to start adding text, however, you'll notice when I do that, that the text I entered does not enter in perspective.
Once I have my text out there, I can then select it, and I can blow it up little bit -- let's increase that to maybe something like 24 points -- and then I'll change the font -- something like Georgia -- and so I want to put this on the side of the building. But if I just drag this down, and move it on top, it doesn't do anything. But I've got the right grid selected, so why isn't it snapping to that? Well, you have to utilize something called the Perspective Selection tool. Any time that you want to move static artwork onto this three-dimensional plane, you have to utilize this separate selection tool.
It is located inside of the Perspective Grid tool, and you could click and hold on that, and grab the Perspective Selection tool. Or you can hit Shift+V on your keyboard to access it. Once you do that, your cursor changes to look something like this, and then you can take something like this piece of text, and click to start moving it. You'll notice, when I move it, it automatically jumps into perspective, and I can then align it with the building. And so in this case, because it's so far away, it might be a little heard to read. So let's move it up here above this awning.
It looks as though Illustrator has converted this text to outlines, but in fact, it's just showing you that because it's a perspective Object. Any time you wanted to edit this text, you can grab the Selection tool, and double-click on it, and you would temporarily enter the editing mode for this. Then you could simply go back out, and enter the regular mode, and continue to work. So let's grab the Perspective Selection tool again, and let's position this a little bit better. Now click away, so we can actually see it, and when I zoom in, you see that I have added the ROUX ACADEMY OF ART to the top of that building.
I could add any number of things to this building. Let's drag out a symbol, and see what that does. I'll go over to my symbols library, I'll go down to the library icon here, and I'm going to grab something from the Regal Vector Pack. Inside of the Regal Vector Pack, let's just drag out something, like maybe this crown. And I'll drag that out, and drop it on to the canvas, then I will close this. In order to move this in perspective, I need to first select it with the Perspective Selection tool, and then it automatically is going to snap to be in perspective, and apply itself, like so.
I can then scale it down, and move it all the way around the building. If I click away from it, you can see it has applied that, in perspective, to my drawing. I could also use numerous shapes to re-create this sketch, and have a full vectorized version of this building, without having to trace it with something like the image trace. That would take a lot of time, of course, but it would be very useful. So whether it's a logo, or text, or a symbol, or whatever it is that you might be working on here inside of Illustrator, you can easily apply that type of artwork to a perspective grid by utilizing the Perspective Selection tool, and then snapping it to the correct grid.
And remember, any time you want to switch grids, you simply target another grid by clicking here, or hitting the number on the keypad that corresponds to it, and then drag your artwork over there. Either way, this is a great way to showcase three-dimensional designs in a two-dimensional space.
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