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Perspective in Illustrator: Multiple Objects

by | Mar 20, 2013 | Articles, Illustrator, Tutorials | 1 comment

Perspective in Illustrator

We all remember the days when we used to have to draw out tons of guides in order to create convincing perspective in Adobe Illustrator. It would take so much time to create convincing perspective artwork inside of Illustrator, that most of us would avoid it. One of the most incredible additions to Adobe Illustrator was the addition to the perspective tools in one of the last couple of versions. I received a request asking how to create an specific object in Illustrator, using perspective, so today I am going to show you how to use the tools available to help you create the proper perspective in Illustrator.


Perspective In Illustrator – Step 1

The request is for the tip of the arrow to go backwards in perspective. This can be a little tricky, because the way that Illustrator’s perspective works, the object is transformed in perspective along a vertical or horizontal plane. However, with a little planning beforehand, I can make this pretty easy for you. The first tip is when transforming multiple objects in the same perspective, you will want to group them together. Select all of the circles and hit Command/Ctrl + G to group the circles together. Next, with all of the circles grouped together, hold down shift and hover your mouse over the corner until it turns into a rotate arrow symbol, and rotate the entire group of shapes by 45°.


Perspective In Illustrator – Step 2

The next step is to, while you have the group of shapes selected, select the Perspective Grid Tool, which will bring up your perspective grid. In the top left, there is a circle with a cube in it, and that is how you control your perspective. Depending on which way you want to go, click on the top-right section of the cube. Then, select the Perspective Selection tool. When you click and drag your object, it will move along the plane of the perspective that you have chosen. Move it so that your group of shapes begins to go backwards in the proper perspective.


Perspective In Illustrator – Step 3

Next, all you have to do is hover your mouse over the circle in the top left again, and you will see a message that says “Hide Perspective Grid”. this will allow you to hide the grid and select and move objects normally again. Make sure to select the normal Selection tool in your Tools Panel. Click on your group of shapes again, and while holding Shift, rotate the group of shapes counter clockwise 45°, so it will be back in its original position. This is an easy way to transform an object in true perspective, but at different angles than just left or right.



You can easily create perspective in Illustrator with just a few tricks. You aren’t confined to left or right, if you know how to approach the project. using the proper approach to solve the problem will save you time and frustration in the long run. You can always transform an object in perspective in Illustrator and then rotate it back to its original position.



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