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Putting Things in Perspective
How to add perspective to your shapes and text.
When to use
If you wanted to add some depth or perspective to a shape or text, the Free Transform Tool would be the best tool for the job.
- Begin by opening the Putting Things in Perspective - Exercise.ai file
- Select your text with the Selection Tool (V) and copy it by pressing Command/Ctrl+C on the keyboard.
- Paste your text in front by pressing Command/Ctrl+F or by going to the Edit Menu and choosing 'Paste in Front' from the menu.
- With your new copy selected, go to the Object Menu and choose Transform>Reflect from the menu.
- Once the dialog box appears, choose the horizontal axis to reflect your text and then apply the changes.
- After flipping the duplicate copy of your text, select it again and convert it to outlines.
- Switch over to your Free Transform Tool by grabbing it from the toolbar and grab the Perspective Distort Tool.
- Grab the lower left or right corner of the text box and move your cursor outwards to add perspective and create the appearance of a shadow on a surface.
- The Free Transform Tool can also be used with any of the distort tools to create an even greater variety of transformations.
- In order for the Perspective Distort Tools to work, you need to first convert your text to outlines.
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