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Drawing and editing a perspective shape

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Video: Drawing and editing a perspective shape

In this exercise we are going to begin drawing the house in perspective just using the Rectangle tool at first, but as we do we are going to try to match some existing objects that I've created for you in advance. The reason I'm putting you through these paces, is because I want you to understand that you're not going to be relying exclusively on the Perspective Grid tool, even as you assemble perspective drawings. Sometimes the Perspective Grid tool helps you out, sometimes it just gets in your way and you're going to want to freeform. That's just the fact of life. I've saved my progress as Translucent panes. ai and I am going to go ahead and zoom on.

Drawing and editing a perspective shape

In this exercise we are going to begin drawing the house in perspective just using the Rectangle tool at first, but as we do we are going to try to match some existing objects that I've created for you in advance. The reason I'm putting you through these paces, is because I want you to understand that you're not going to be relying exclusively on the Perspective Grid tool, even as you assemble perspective drawings. Sometimes the Perspective Grid tool helps you out, sometimes it just gets in your way and you're going to want to freeform. That's just the fact of life. I've saved my progress as Translucent panes. ai and I am going to go ahead and zoom on.

Make sure that you're seeing the Perspective Grid on-screen. Switch to the Rectangle tool for starters here, which you can get by pressing the M key of course. Now I am currently getting this, no, can't draw cursor right here, because the wrong layer is active. We are going to be starting off drawing on this Perspective 1 layer here. I also have a Perspective 2 layer set up in advance for you. They're both currently empty, but I have some other objects that I would like you to turn on. There's this middle stuff layer; go ahead and turn that one on and then there is this front stuff layer, turned on as well.

Leave rear stuff turned off, because otherwise you're going to block the template. Now with the Perspective 1 layer active make sure that your widget is showing you that the left-hand blue pane is selected, and then go and draw from this bottom right corner right there, up and over to the left until you get some form of halfway decent alignment going like that. I am going to actually take that little higher, because this wall will end up being covered up by the roof. Then go ahead and release. Now you'll notice that the bottom edge is not exactly aligning to the molding and that's because the Perspective Grid that I used for the molding was slightly different from the Perspective Grid I am using now.

As any carpenter will tell you, the purpose of molding is the cover up these kinds of gaps. So if it works in real life it's going to work just fine inside of an illustration as well. Now I am going to go up here to the Stroke option, click on it, and I'm going to change the Weight value to 2, and then I am going to turn on Round Joins the Corners, because Miter Joins in the Perspective Grid don't tend to get along. I will go ahead and hide a panel now. Notice my stroke is active here inside the Color panel. I am going to dial in a rich black, and then I am going to switchover to the Fill and I'm going to dial in a color here.

I didn't create the swatch in advance. So I am going to have to manually dial in these values. That is 5 for cyan, 90 for magenta, and 80 for yellow. Notice that; that gives me a very bright red here inside the Color panel. It looks quite muted out here inside the illustration and that's of course because I have a blue translucent pane that's interacting with it. If that turns out to be a problem for you and you want to get a better sense of what your colors look like, don't forget that you can switch out that pane if you want to. But to do so, you've got a switch back to the Perspective Grid tool, which you can get by pressing Shift+P and if you're going to use a Perspective Grid with any degree of regularity, I suggest you memorize that keyboard shortcut.

So Shift+P to switch to the tool, then Alt+Click or Option+Click a couple of times on that little control there in order to switch that pane and that pane only to the grid view. The next thing I need to do is basically get some better alignment going between this left-hand edge. My right-hand edge is just fine I believe, if I scoot over there. It looks good. However, my left-hand edge is not matching up with the molding very well, and that's because that was a little sloppy when I drew it I guess. So a couple of different things you can do. You can try nudging it, if you want to, but nudging in a perspective view is not an entirely satisfactory experience.

You can press the Left Arrow in order to knock that guy over to left or the Right Arrow to move it to the right and so forth. Bear in mind that; that's going to nudge the object along the gird as long as one of the perspective savvy tools is selected, most likely the Perspective Grid tool or that Perspective Selection tool right there. If you have one of the Arrow tools selected you're going to be moving that object outside the perspective plane. If I were working on the ground level, this would scoot the object back and forth along the ground. So it would scoot it in perspective, not up or down or left or right necessarily.

Also, this is one point nudge Illustrator's perspective feature pays no attention to the keyboard increment that you've set up in the Preferences dialog box. I brought up the dialog box by pressing Ctrl+K, Command+K on the Mac. So it doesn't matter what this is set to. You get a one point nudge all the time. So cancel out of there. Instead what I want to do is I want to slightly transform this object. Oh! I should say there is no alignment; that is, you cannot take advantage of Align panel when you're working inside Perspective. However, you can take advantage of Transform.

What I am going to go ahead and do is lock down that right-hand edge by clicking on the right point in the Reference Point matrix, and then I am just going to nudge this Width value up and see what happens. Notice I am just pressing the Up Arrow key and I'm watching this edge move outward. At about 520 points in my case it looks great. So that takes care of that problem and that is a perspective scale, which is good to bear in mind, because your general Transformation tool, your Rotate tool and your Scale tool and so forth, do not work in perspective.

So you have to bear that in mind. I'll show you another way to scale in perspective in a future exercise, but for now, that takes care of our first wall. In the next exercise I will show you how to drawn and scale a second wall on a second plane.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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