Why does this not seem to work, and does anybody else know a way to get type distorted? Specifically I have an isometric building and I would like to put the names of the surrounding streets "on the ground" so to speak.

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    Using free distort works on live type no problem for me.
    – Cai
    Jun 10, 2016 at 11:43
  • Can you specify what exactly didn't work? What have you tried?
    – Luciano
    Jun 10, 2016 at 11:57
  • I used the type tool to create text, then selected the free distort tool. Dragging the corners showed an outline of how the shape should distort, but when letting go of the mouse it just snaps back to its original shape. The other tools in the free transform menu work on the text, but not free distort
    – Nick
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:27

1 Answer 1


Select the text, then go to Effect->3D->Rotate. Then choose the Isometric Top option:

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For an alternative orientation you can change the parameters like so:

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  • Thank you! This is exactly what I needed. Can't believe I forgot it existed
    – Nick
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:26

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