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Drawing in Perspective: Three Point Perspective (Adobe Illustrator)

Objects appear smaller as they recede in space and become further away. In three point perspective, objects converge to the left and the right as well as vertically. The third convergence point is either below the horizon line (Nadir)–creating a “birds eye view” or aerial view–or above the horizon line (Zenith)–creating a “worm’s eye view”.

  1. Create a horizon line
  2. Draw a bunch of horizontal lines
  3. Converge half the points with the Average command
  4. Make two sets. Now you have 2 point perspective.
  5. Make a third set, except this time, make it vertical. It helps to have one of the lines be perfectly perpendicular.
  6. Make into guides.
  7. Draw a tall building.
  8. The guide lines can always be moved around by unlocking guides. but the convergence points should stay in the same place.
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  1. Kevin
    2013/09/13 at 9:55 pm

    Why don’t the horizontal lines converg to a point when using the average command?

    • Canvai
      2013/09/14 at 1:04 am

      They should. Make sure to select only half of the lines (i.e., half of each line) with the direct selection tool, so only one side of the lines will converge, while the other side stays in their original location.

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