Using Illustrator CS5 I am drawing a 5 drawer cart in the 2D Perspective grid. After drawing one drawer with connected sides, back and bottom I want to be able to copy and move this drawer 4 times into the correct positions in the cart. I do not want to redraw the drawer 4 times. I know I must use the Perspective Selection Tool to do this. However, I cannot get it to move the entire copied drawer into the next position. I have tried using PathFinder to unite the parts of the drawer and the Compound Path command but to no avail. How can I accomplish this task? Thanks a million for any suggestions. Paul
Yes I can move one object the way you describe. My problem is that the drawer contains around 10 different objects. When I use your method only one or two objects/components will move. The rest do not. Even when I select all the obects or group them. SO how can I get all the objects to move at once in perspective? Thanks again.
If you're trying to duplcate the whole drawer at once, it simply doesn't work that way. This is a purely 2D construct, not a 3D model. The Perspective Grid is really little more than just sets of temporary guide lines, much like you would draw on a drawing board.
If you have multiple faces of multiple objects (i.e.; the left sides of several parallel drawers) on one of the perspective planes, you can group those faces and duplicate/move them. But there is no actual connection at all between objects drawn on different perspective planes. For example, the drawer's bottom is drawn on the horizontal perspective plane. The drawer's left side is drawn on the vertical left plane. There is no actual connection between those paths. Moving/dupicating the drawer side on its vertical plane is not going to simultaneously dupicate/move the corresponding bottom which drawn on the horizontal plane.
What would make sense is if you had, for example:
1. Draw a drawer side to scale, in the flat (not attached to the Perspective Grid at all.
2. Step/repeat that drawer side multiple times vertically to end up with a side view of all the drawers.
3. Group all those.
4. Attach the Group to the vertical Perspective Plane.
5. Move the vertical Perspective Plane while pressing Alt, thereby duplicating its content to create the opposite sides of all the drawers in one move.
Thank you for the detailed information. I sort of expected this was happening. I am probably better off using Google Sketchup for these types of drawing. In the meantime I will try your suggested copy and repeat idea.
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