Feedback Loop: Perspective Grid in Illustrator?

This week’s Feedback Loop episode is brought to you by the dekeOmmunitarian known as “Sponge.Tool,” who wonders why Deke chose to omit coverage of the Perspective Grid in his latest Illustrator CC One-on-One: Mastery update. Here’s the conversation:

Good stuff, but….
Submitted by Sponge.Tool on 25 October 2013 - 12:49pm.

Why no more love for Perspective Drawing?, I noticed it didn’t show up as a chapter in the CS6 Mastery course either.

Anyway, as always, glad to see this out, buttons pressed -‘Queued’ for viewing.

Yeah, I mulled over that one
Submitted by deke on 3 October 2013 - 7:20am.

What with the ongoing nature of the Creative Cloud, we’re trying to create courses that I can update every so often on a moment’s notice, whether in the event of impending necessity or just because we have nothing better to do.

The Perspective Drawing feature was one of those things that didn’t seem to gain a lot of traction last time around. So I left it out this go around. But if anyone feels like, “Good Gawd, you fool, you’ve made a terrible blunder!” please tell me, and I’ll either pretend I didn’t hear you or get to work pronto.

Given the incessant nature of CC, I have a feeling you’ll be telling me, “Good Gawd, you fool, you’ve made a terrible blunder” an awful lot in the upcoming months. Which is okay, b/c given my haughty nature, I need to be reminded of that.

OK, some observations: 1) Deke, I would not want to mess with this community member should you ever decide to omit coverage of the Sponge tool, and 2) are we sure this is really Deke, because it’s time-stamped at 7:20a.m.

More to the point, 3) You can still see Deke’s take on the Perspective Grid in Deke’s Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course. I tested it out, and as near as I can tell the only thing you’ll have to extrapolate is that the Illustrator interface is now a tasteful dark grey by default. There are even a few free movies for those of you who aren’t members of (You can click any blue link in the Table of Contents for any course at and see unlocked movies.) If you’re too lazy to even do that, here’s one:

Of course, if that inspires you to study Illustrator (CC, CS6, CS5, CS4…) at the hands of Deke, you can get a free week’s trial at to check out your Illustrator flavor of choice.

Meanwhile, what do you think about Deke’s decision to abandon coverage of the Perspective Grid for sexier, newer features?

Thanks to Sponge.Tool for the salient question, and please dekeOmmunity-at-large, feel free to send your questions, comments, martini recipes (gin only), travel tips, and anything else you’d like to share!

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  • free trial

    I am going to go take that free trial. I am actually in great need of a good Prospective drawing tool. My girlfriend is an architect so I am sure she will have some input in it. Thanx for the post.

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