I may be fartsy, but I am by no means artsy. I am a bit mathy though. Here is what I am trying to do. I need to take a 2d image, like a flat picture of a compass, that I want perfectly symmetrical when viewed straight on. Then, I want to take that and “lay it down” a bit across the Z axis. Can this be done easily in Illustrator? Or in any easy to use/learn program out there? I can’t seem to get it to look right drawing it in that orientation to begin with.
Basically, the effect I am trying to get looks a bit like this.
Mainly just the black part. Is there any way to take a stock image, like an actual handheld compass or compass rose and then tilt it to an oblique angle like this?
Sometimes, being artistically challenged is a bummer.
Thanks in advance for any helpful comments.
Perspective Tool is the “correct” way to this, but you need to learn to use the perspective grids and tools. Worth it, but takes a little time.
using “Effects > Distort & Transform > Free Distort” is the most immediate way to do it, but it is totally manual and will give you no help at all. (it is a powerful tool that I wish they would enhance a bit to make it more usable.)
Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh would also get you there eventually. Lots of different paths to similar destinations.