Outline view displays artwork so that only its outlines or paths are visible. Viewing artwork without fill and stroke attributes speeds up the time it takes Illustrator to redraw the screen when working with complex artwork; it is also helpful when you need to locate hidden shapes. The color attributes are visible again. You will now create a series of triangle shapes and rotate them degrees, creating what will look like rays of light.
The Rotate tool allows you to visually rotate objects, as well as enter specific rotation angles. In this example, you will enter values so that the triangles are evenly spaced. To begin, open up a new document in Illustrator and create a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool M. Keep in mind, the length and width of the roof will match the width and length of the building so size accordingly.
With the Pen Tool P , draw a line length-wise down the center of the rectangle. The Rotate, Reflect, Scale, and Shear tools all use the same basic steps to perform transformations.
Nothing in life is perfectly symmetrical, right? Free Transform is also touch-enabled New! Select the Selection tool on the Tools panel. The first step will be to take our vehicle overhead Fig. The next step will be to surround the vehicle with a colored box Fig. As you can see in Fig. We will need to have the bounding box maintain the orientation of the selection as shown in Fig. This will keep multiple objects from confusing the orientation of the Bounding Box once you start moving and distorting it.
After that, do the following:. For scaling uniformly, toggle on the constrain button from the widget and a lock icon appears. Next, to scale use the shift key to drag the object. You can also scale the artwork from the center by holding the Alt key or the Opt key based on the system. You need to know that using perspective and distort requires some extra care or else your work might get affected.
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You can move the grid around in perspective mode by grabbing the white dots. Illustrator has two types of text objects: Point Type and Area Type. Point Type is used most often for random text objects that appear in your document and aren't bound by any shape or frame. Area Type is used for larger blocks of text, where words flow from one line to the next and are encompassed within a shape or a frame. Point Type has no frame or shape that holds it.