Perspective Transforming in Illustrator CS4

Last night, I was being super stubborn and wanted to do a perspective drawing of a bunch of ninja stars flying out in Illustrator. I know how to do it in Photoshop and it’s super simple. Illustrator, not much so. My first try was to draw it by hand, but it looked weird.


My next idea was to make a pattern swatch, hit expand, and tweak it with envelope meshing (Object>Envelope Distort>Make with Mesh) but the result was too warbly.


At this point, I was pretty frustrated. I was convinced that Illustrator just didn’t have what I wanted it to have. Dave was convinced that there was a way to do it, so more googling happened. The thing that worked was something I never would have thought of. Select a group of objects, and hit Effect>3D>Extrude and Bevel. Turn off all of the shading and bevelling, and finally there was something you could set a perspective to.


And this was the result that we were looking for