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Working with Type in the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Perspective Grid

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In print or online, readers are unimpressed by text that's just plonked down onto a graphical background. On the other hand, type with tasteful effects can make a publication or web page much more inviting. David Karlins, author of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium How-Tos: Essential Techniques, shows how to manipulate text in Adobe Illustrator CS5 to lend great visual perspective.
Working with Shapes vs. Type in Perspective

Working with Shapes vs. Type in Perspective

Working with type is very different from working with shapes in a perspective grid. Follow these steps to compare the two processes:

  1. Using the perspective grid that you defined in the preceding section, select the left grid in the Active Plane widget (see Figure 3).
  2. Figure 3 Selecting the left grid in the Active Plane widget.

  3. Select the Rectangle tool. With your cursor anywhere on the artboard, draw a rectangle. Notice that the selected perspective grid is applied as you draw!
  4. Now let's try the same thing with type. This experience will be more revealing if you first choose the 60-point Impact font in the Character panel. Then select the Type tool and type the word TYPE (see Figure 4).
  5. Figure 4 Creating type in Perspective mode.

What just happened? We experienced viscerally the difference between creating shapes and type in a perspective grid. Namely—perspective is not applied to type when you create it. So how do you apply perspective to type? Read on.

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