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Allow Free Distort like Photoshop

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Jul 07, 2011

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In Photoshop, you can pull an image's control handles around to your heart's content, and fine tune the distortion to line up with a perspective grid. In Illustrator, you can only distort the bounding box of the whole shape, so once you move a single control handle, you lose control of one or more corners of the image, making precise distortions almost impossible. The best we have right now is the Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort tool, but there's no preview, so again, you can't line up the shape with a perspective grid.

Please make Illustrator's Free Distort tool like Photoshop's!

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Allow Free Distort like Photoshop

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In Photoshop, you can pull an image's control handles around to your heart's content, and fine tune the distortion to line up with a perspective grid. In Illustrator, you can only distort the bounding box of the whole shape, so once you move a single control handle, you lose control of one or more corners of the image, making precise distortions almost impossible. The best we have right now is the Effect > Distort & Transform > Free Distort tool, but there's no preview, so again, you can't line up the shape with a perspective grid.

Please make Illustrator's Free Distort tool like Photoshop's!

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Engaged ,
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I second that. It's a glaring omission from the program.  (And, no, the new Perspective Tool is not a solution... that's just overkill.)

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Oh yeah, there is that, too. But like you say, there's so much overhead in setting up the perspective grid, I never use it.

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Jul 20, 2011

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Absolutely agree.

Can't Adobe's Photoshop team spend a few months working on Illustrator and make it more Photoshoppy?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 16, 2011

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I concur.

And if the Illustrator team ever get around to evaluating their basic Path functionalities they might also drop the current stupid (yes, that adjective is provocative, but in my opinion justified) path-closing behaviour of eliminating the first point’s backward bezier handle.

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Aug 16, 2011

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I'm not aware of any stupid path-closing behavior in Illustrator... are you sure you don't mean InDesign? In InDesign, you have to pull the closing bezier handle backwards.

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Engaged ,
Aug 16, 2011

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I'm aware of it. I always have to adjust my first segment all over again if I close the path. Are you saying there's a way around it?

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I'm away from my computer for the next several days, so I can't look at the path closing behavior of Illustrator right now. But I don't think I've ever noticed anything odd about it, save for the annoying way it doesn't constrain the final bezier handle to the same angle of the first.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 17, 2011

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save for the annoying way it doesn't constrain the final bezier handle to the same angle of the first.

I think what you describe might pretty much is what I meant; when one starts a path with a curve point that point’s backward handle is destroyed on closing the path and one has to drag out the complete handles for that point anew if one wants it to stay a curve point.

Jeff Talmage has provided a Script for closing a path with maintaining the first point’s handle, but the Illustrator team really should just make that standard behaviour in my opinion.

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Aug 17, 2011

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Oh, I see what you mean. You're identifying that handle as the "backward handle", not describing the handle as backward.

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Oct 25, 2011

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There is a tedious but effective workaround: Copy and paste the object into Photoshop as a path, use the superior distortion tools there, and then export it back into Illustrator.

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+1

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