I have the next project:

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I want that the rectangle with lines shape gets the form of the background image floor lines. I mean, the idea is that these rectangle takes an 3d effect. I try to select anchor points and I cannot do it.

Any idea? Thanks.

  • How are the lines create? Are they separate objects within the rectangle or pattern??
    – Scott
    Aug 22, 2022 at 16:56
  • Each line is inside the rectangle and yes, they are separated objects. Aug 22, 2022 at 17:01

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An easy method is to merely use the Free Transform Tool.

Select the rectangle and the lines. I would Group them, but that's not mandatory.

Then grab the Free Transform Tool from the Toolbar. You can then choose the Free Distort tool from the little tool popup .... Select it and click-drag the top, center, handle.

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And just drag to match what you want....

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Using the Free Transform Tool without using the Free Distort tool in the popup....

  1. Click the top center handle
  2. then hold down the Command/Ctrl key
  3. then drag.

You have to hold the key exactly between the click and any drag operation. If you mistakenly click-drag just a little, then hold the modifier key, it won't work.
(This can take practice).

I'm using an older version of AI, so I don't have the Free Distort tool available. Which is why I detailed the keyboard shortcut. These shortcuts work in all versions of AI but the extra tools for free transform only pop up in more recent CC versions. The shortcut has the exact same functionality as the free distort tool.

I wish the bounding box stayed accurate to the shape, but it won't.

From this point, after distortion, because the bounding box gets reset to a standard rectangle, further distortions can be tricky or problematic. Therefor moving anchors to match anything is often easier if necessary.

  • Who is the man? You are the man. Thank you!! Aug 22, 2022 at 17:32

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