When I try to create a rectangle in a certain .ai file they all come out sheared:

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but this isn't the case in other projects. Is there any way to fix


I almost 100% sure your question is a duplicate. Anyway, check the prefs -

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Otherwise disable the Perspective tool by clicking on its "x" in the Left-top corner.

  • my constrain angle is 0 degrees. Different documents (tabs) seem to work just fine it's just this project :( – Veta Jul 26 '15 at 15:28
  • @Veta check these prefs while the file is open, plz – Ilan Jul 26 '15 at 15:31
  • i.imgur.com/DlVPtmh.png might something else be causing this? – Veta Jul 26 '15 at 15:43
  • @veta disable Perspective tool - click on x of the tool on the upper-left corner and create a new rectangle. – Ilan Jul 26 '15 at 15:48

If you hold shift and press keys 1, 2 or 3 while drawing a shape it will shift the anchor points of your curser and will make the shapes appear sheared as you place them. Holding shift and pressing the 4 key while drawing the shape will revert it... Or it should anyway


I moved everything to a new document and this resolved the issue. Still super mysterious. I am planning to buy some garlic in case it was ghosts.

  • this sentence is better as comment, not as an answer.... since we solved the issue. – Ilan Jul 26 '15 at 15:53

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