Visual Communication

Perspective Grid and Symbols

Creating an A3 document we will be looking at the perspective grid. You can access this with the perspective tool or Shift + P. This is used so we can work in 3 dimensions more realistically. The three most important ones are one point, two point and three point perspective. You can access these by going onto View → Perspective Grid. Make sure Smart Guides is ticked.

We will be working with two point perspective because it is the easiest to work with. It does not work like a layer or a ruler it cannot be turned off it is its own entity. You cannot change much about it either. The key in the top corner that is a cube represents the sides of the grid. Blue being the left, orange the right and green the bottom these can be selected by 1,2,3 and 4 keys. You can drag the points to alter the grid.

Certain tools in Illustrator are effects by perspective such as shape tools. Using the rectangle tool we were asked to create buildings from either imagination or from reference. Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 18.04.45.png

This was my main outcome. I tried to experiment with different heights and have alleyways in between my buildings. I also used two colours to give an illusion of light and shadow.

Window → Symbol

We can make symbols out of things. For examples if you wanted to put a window into a side of a building. You can make a symbol and then import it easily and you can get them to repeat for however long as you want by holding CMD + D.

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This can be useful for my future projects because I can make model products or structures that I could implement and use. A knowledge of 3D is also useful to me on a personal level as working 3D with packaging or product design is an interest to me.



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