I was wondering how can I actually set up this isometric grid in illustrator? How can I use it on a layer so it doesn't interfere with my design?


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    I do not understand what is being asked.
    – Scott
    Jun 16, 2019 at 8:09
  • What final design are you trying to achieve?
    – user26098
    Jun 17, 2019 at 14:12
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    Have you tried selecting everything, and doing View > Guides > Make Guides?
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 21, 2019 at 11:21

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If you're trying to create isometric drawings, a grid like this will probably not help you too much. You should to look into a technique called SSR (for Shear, Scale, Rotate). There are many tutorials to be found under that name. Here is one:

How to Create Advanced Isometric Illustrations Using the SSR Method

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    Note that the article has a error (or typo) the scale in step 2. It should be 86.602 not 86.062 as the article says. Not a big visual error but your lines start tyo diverge if you have a multi level drawing. And the fix is easy.
    – joojaa
    Jul 21, 2019 at 12:12

This is a guess. You have drawn a blue grid for future use as drawing reference, there's no actual artwork.

Group the grid parts, rename the group as MyGrid and lock them in the layers panel. Making a separate layer is also a good idea. It's possible to be locked, too to keep it not selectable(nor movable). Snapping should work if the locked item is visible. If you want to prevent also snapping to your grid, make the grid group or layer invisible in the layers panel.

Moving to another layer:

  • select the grid, cut it into the clipboard
  • create a new layer in the layers panel
  • select the new layer to active one in the layers panel
  • paste in place (=Shift+Ctrl+V)

It's possible also to drag objects in the layers panel from a layer to another. That has a risk to drag it to an unwanted layer and to create unwanted sublayers, but that's undone with Ctrl+Z.,

There's no need to delete anything, your grid works as is. You do not free memory by deleting a part of it.

Save the empty drawing as a template.

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