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Adobe Illustrator CS5: Editing Objects in the Perspective Grid

It’s easy to move objects in perspective. Just keep a few things in mind:

  • Always use the Perspective Selection Tool (Shift+V) to move your objects, or you will move it out of perspective.
  • To switch an object’s active plane, use the Active Plane Widget’s keyboard shortcut (1,2,3)
  • To edit text or symbols, double click on it (yes, with the Perspective Selection Tool) to go into isolation mode, or, for text, use the menu item, Object> Perspective > Edit Text.
  • To move an item perpendicularly along the same plane, use keyboard shortcut 5 while dragging.
    • To move an item precisely, select the object, then double click on the Grid Plane Control (the little round dot). Here, you can type in an exact number for the distance, and choose whether to move or copy the object. The Grid Plane will also pivot to match your transformation.
    • If you have no objects selected, you can shift/copy ALL the objects on the current plane.
  • It’s okay for the Grid Plane to move, since it doesn’t change the vanishing point.
    • You can temporarily move the grid plane to match your currently selected object. Hover over an anchor point, and hit [shift]
      • Double click on the perspective tool in the tool bar to set this option if it’s not enabled.
    • You can move the grid plane to match your currently selected object by choosing object > perspective > move plane to match object
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