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I don't know how to explain what do I want, so I put some images to explain that.

Vector Mockup

We have a vector mockup here for example (image 1). There is no problem with this mockup because you need just put the image or vector between some layers ...but if you have a vector mockup with perspective then what would you do?

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Photoshop had a solution for this: Smart Object but what about the Illustrator? Every time we need to transfer or fix the alignment to make a right perspective? I'm looking for the best and fast way ...

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    You can always use Transform...there are other ways too but I don't have the time to give an answer now, it you don't get an answer by the time I get back home I'll give you some guidelines. – Alin Mar 2 '16 at 8:15
  • @Alin I know that ... but it waste your time. Maybe a better way could help us. – Lunaticbrain Mar 2 '16 at 8:22
  • Maybe something like: Make it into a symbol, apply 3D rotate effect and apply clipping mask to constrain it. Then you'd double click the symbol in the symbols panel to edit the contents or with a raster image, relink it in the links panel. – Joonas Mar 2 '16 at 9:07
  • Still not home but in the meantime another question with an answer you can benefit from was asked and answered. Take a look at the perspective grid graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/67883/48529 – Alin Mar 2 '16 at 12:35
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Symbols in Illustrator are a close equivalent to Smart Objects in Photoshop.

Drag your image to the Symbol Panel to create a Symbol.

Then use the Symbol. Transform the symbol however you need it. (In fact, art must be a symbol to apply it in Illustrator 3D effect surface mapping.)

If you then need to edit the original image later.... Double-click the Symbol in the Symbol Panel. It opens as a flat image which can be edited, added to, etc.

It is sometimes helpful to draw a no-fill/no-stroke rectangle around the artwork before making a symbol if the art is non-rectangular in nature. This creates a bounding area that, when you later edit, you need to stay within. If you edit and exceed the original bounding area, it can throw off your transformations.

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Create a box that matches the edges of the "perspective" object (directly on top of it). Select it and shift-select the picture, select the Object menu, select Envelope Distort, then Make with Top Object. This is a non-destructive method and works well for things like computer/cell phone screens.

  • and what about 3D cube or something like that? I need a general method. ;) – Lunaticbrain Mar 2 '16 at 16:04

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