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Drawing artwork in perspective

From: Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

Video: Drawing artwork in perspective

When you want to draw in perspective inside of Illustrator, you have to define a perspective grid on the document that you're working on. In this particular document, basically what I want to do is map something to either this side, or this side of the building. In order to do that, I am going to utilize a Two Point Perspective grid. The first thing I have to do is turn the grid on, and I can do that by coming over to the left, and clicking on the Perspective Grid tool. Once I do that, the grid appears onscreen, and I'm able to start making changes to it. I need to first zoom out though, so I can see the full grid.

Drawing artwork in perspective

When you want to draw in perspective inside of Illustrator, you have to define a perspective grid on the document that you're working on. In this particular document, basically what I want to do is map something to either this side, or this side of the building. In order to do that, I am going to utilize a Two Point Perspective grid. The first thing I have to do is turn the grid on, and I can do that by coming over to the left, and clicking on the Perspective Grid tool. Once I do that, the grid appears onscreen, and I'm able to start making changes to it. I need to first zoom out though, so I can see the full grid.

Once I do that, I'm able to change things, like the horizon line, and also the floor. In this case, I think the floor is pretty close, but I need to drag it down just a little bit. I want it to match the base of the building right there. I also need to move the grid, so that the seam of the grid fits with the seam of the building. So I'm going to use this handle here to drag over, and I will match it up like that. The height of the grid should also match the height of the building, and then I might have to adjust the floor just a little bit more; something kind of like that.

Now I need to adjust the horizon line as well, or the view line, because I am technically looking up and under at this thing. So I need to click, and drag down the view line. And I'm basically looking for these lines in the grid to line up with the lines in the drawing. Once I think they're close, I can let go of the horizon line. The true test will be when I adjust the vanishing point. The vanishing point controls are here and here. I will use this vanishing point first.

I'll drag this out; it matches pretty good. Then I will pan over, holding down my Spacebar temporarily, and I'll drag this vanishing point out, and again, that matches fairly well. It doesn't necessarily match with the bricks down here, but as you can see, they've got their own seam, so this would actually be a completely different set, which is OK. Once I'm done, I'm ready to start adding some artwork to the perspective grid, but first I have to make sure that the correct grid is targeted.

So for instance, if I happen to have the orange grid targeted, and I didn't realize it, I could start drawing something out, expecting it to snap to perspective over here, and it'd wind up completely looking different than what I wanted. So let's undo that, and then come up here. Remember, you can use the keyboard shortcuts 1, 2, or 3 to change the grid. In this case, I will want to on work number 1, or the blue grid. I'm then going to grab a rectangle, and I am going to simulate drawing a banner over on this side of the building. I can just come right here inside the grid, and I can click, and start drawing.

And the banner goes right along the side of the building, just like it's supposed to. If I switch the color, you can see it a little better. So it looks like it's just draped over the side, and I could position that anywhere I wanted to make it a little bit more realistic. You can also adjust the perspective grid after the fact if it doesn't look quite right, but in this case, it looks pretty good. If you want to remove that artwork, all you have to do is Delete it, and it'll be removed. You can also add any type of freeform drawing that you want, like an ellipse, a polygon, or even a star.

So if I wanted to draw a star, I just bring that out, click, and draw it. Once it's where I want it to go, I can release, or if it's not that where I want it to go, I can then use my arrow keys to kind of position it, like so. And there it is, on the side of the building. So once you've defined your perspective grid, and you've got it all lined out the way it should be, according to the artwork that you're working on, it's really easy to start adding artwork to the planes. However, you may find the need to add static artwork, or two-dimensional artwork to the planes as well; either something you've created in another document, or some text that you might type out while inside you're inside of here, and we will cover that in a future movie.

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Illustrator CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 15s
    1. What is Illustrator?
      1m 15s
  2. 2m 17s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 19s
  3. 41m 25s
    1. Understanding vector graphics
      5m 0s
    2. Setting preferences
      9m 24s
    3. Touring the interface
      9m 41s
    4. Exploring the panels
      6m 54s
    5. Working with the Control panel
      4m 25s
    6. Creating and saving workspaces
      6m 1s
  4. 43m 42s
    1. Creating files for print
      4m 42s
    2. Creating files for the web
      3m 36s
    3. Managing multiple documents
      3m 25s
    4. Navigating within a document
      5m 21s
    5. Using rulers, guides, and grids
      6m 59s
    6. Changing units of measurement
      1m 50s
    7. Using preview modes
      3m 10s
    8. Creating and using custom views
      3m 12s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 43s
    10. Creating and using artboards
      7m 44s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Setting your selection preferences
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Direct Selection and Group Selection tools
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 45s
    4. Using the Lasso tool
      4m 9s
    5. Selecting objects by attribute
      6m 48s
    6. Grouping objects
      3m 7s
    7. Using isolation mode
      4m 48s
    8. Resizing your artwork
      3m 55s
    9. Rotating objects
      2m 10s
    10. Distorting and transforming objects
      6m 26s
    11. Repeating transformations
      5m 6s
    12. Reflecting and skewing objects
      4m 54s
    13. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 38s
  6. 29m 27s
    1. RGB vs. CMYK
      1m 46s
    2. Adjusting Illustrator color settings
      5m 10s
    3. Process vs. global swatches
      5m 6s
    4. Creating spot colors
      3m 40s
    5. Using the swatch groups
      2m 33s
    6. Working with color libraries
      3m 17s
    7. Importing swatches
      4m 4s
    8. Using the Color Guide panel
      3m 51s
  7. 57m 36s
    1. Understanding fills and strokes
      4m 18s
    2. Working with fills
      4m 58s
    3. Working with strokes
      8m 46s
    4. Creating dashes and arrows
      8m 1s
    5. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 3s
    6. Using width profiles
      3m 31s
    7. Outlining strokes
      3m 51s
    8. Creating and editing gradients
      5m 45s
    9. Applying gradients to strokes
      3m 8s
    10. Applying and editing pattern fills
      4m 52s
    11. Creating your own pattern fill
      6m 23s
  8. 20m 20s
    1. Understanding paths
      2m 41s
    2. Understanding anchor points
      4m 20s
    3. Working with open and closed paths
      5m 28s
    4. Joining and averaging paths
      4m 9s
    5. Using the Scissors tool and the Knife tool
      3m 42s
  9. 37m 56s
    1. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 23s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 15s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      4m 11s
    4. Working with the Shape Builder tool
      6m 32s
    5. Working with the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      5m 26s
    6. Working with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
      7m 8s
    7. Smoothing and erasing paths
      5m 1s
  10. 35m 53s
    1. Exploring the Pen tool
      2m 39s
    2. Drawing straight lines
      5m 12s
    3. Drawing simple curves
      5m 23s
    4. Understanding the many faces of the Pen tool
      6m 10s
    5. Converting corners and curves
      1m 46s
    6. Your keyboard is your friend
      2m 14s
    7. Tracing artwork with the Pen tool
      12m 29s
  11. 35m 33s
    1. Adjusting your type settings
      4m 10s
    2. Creating point and area text
      3m 36s
    3. Basic text editing
      2m 14s
    4. Creating threaded text
      4m 59s
    5. Using the type panels
      9m 48s
    6. Creating text on a path
      5m 11s
    7. Converting text into paths
      1m 43s
    8. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      3m 52s
  12. 27m 25s
    1. Exploring the Appearance panel
      4m 44s
    2. Explaining attribute stacking order
      1m 40s
    3. Applying multiple fills
      3m 1s
    4. Applying multiple strokes
      4m 20s
    5. Adjusting appearance with live effects
      4m 46s
    6. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      8m 54s
  13. 20m 44s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 18s
    2. Creating and editing layers
      3m 27s
    3. Targeting objects in the Layers panel
      3m 3s
    4. Working with sublayers
      3m 0s
    5. Hiding, locking, and deleting layers
      4m 14s
    6. Using the Layers panel menu
      2m 42s
  14. 46m 0s
    1. Placing images into Illustrator
      2m 53s
    2. Working with the Links panel
      6m 5s
    3. Embedding images into Illustrator
      3m 12s
    4. Cropping images with a mask
      5m 8s
    5. Exploring the Image Trace panel
      12m 14s
    6. Tracing photographs
      8m 6s
    7. Tracing line art
      4m 33s
    8. Converting pixels to paths
      3m 49s
  15. 19m 21s
    1. What are symbols?
      2m 45s
    2. Using prebuilt symbols
      3m 3s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      4m 19s
    4. Creating new symbols
      3m 50s
    5. Breaking the symbol link
      3m 19s
    6. Redefining symbols
      2m 5s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      4m 29s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      3m 49s
    3. Applying artwork to the grid
      3m 51s
  17. 35m 7s
    1. Printing your artwork
      6m 16s
    2. Saving your artwork
      2m 2s
    3. Saving in legacy formats
      3m 0s
    4. Saving templates
      4m 18s
    5. Creating PDF files
      5m 23s
    6. Saving for the web
      4m 46s
    7. Creating high-res bitmap images
      3m 58s
    8. Using Illustrator files in Photoshop and InDesign
      5m 24s
  18. 56s
    1. Next steps
      56s

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