September 29, 2010 - 150 comments

Turn off the perspective grid in Illustrator CS5

 

This is what will sometimes appear on your screen.

For the past few weeks in using Illustrator CS5, it has come to my attention that a very consistent problem kept coming up, the perspective grid.
If you use the key command Shift + O to modify your art boards you may sometimes hit Shift + P instead, by doing so it will add a very intrusive grid on your screen. It's not very clear how to remove this massive distraction at first glance, so here's how to do it:

 

Menu:

View > Perspective Grid > Hide Grid

Mac Keyboard Command:

Shift + Command + i

Windows Keyboard Command:

CTRL + Shift + i

 

 

Published by: Leigh in Uncategorized

Comments

Jentan Bernardus
10/08/2010 at 9:09 pm

This saved me some time from finding it out myself, thank you!

leigh
10/13/2010 at 7:18 pm

You’re welcome! I’m glad it helped.

japhigu
10/21/2010 at 5:40 am

Thanks!

Aaron
11/02/2010 at 5:36 pm

Thank you!I learned.

Tim
12/20/2010 at 10:50 am

Thanks dude

natalie
01/05/2011 at 10:17 am

Thank you!!!!! IT was driving me batty :)

Kay
01/11/2011 at 3:42 pm

thanks! this is very annoying indeed.

Pedro
01/25/2011 at 12:07 pm

Thanks from Brazil!

Karen
02/03/2011 at 2:45 am

Thank you for this! I am starting to learn Illustrator and I’ve been hitting many random things that make random things pop up which in turn make me very frustrated. This helped a lot! :)

Leigh
02/24/2011 at 10:46 pm

Yeah it drove me nuts haha

K8lyn
03/15/2011 at 7:53 pm

Thank you! It was killing me!

Scott K
03/16/2011 at 8:27 pm

What a massively stupid feature to have in the first place. People who want to draw in perspective should LEARN HOW and not bother longtime users with this annoying so-called feature. The most basic drawing features of Illustrator have been buried over time by useless twaddle like this.

Scott K
03/17/2011 at 1:33 am

Rather, Adobe should not bother with this annoying feature, I should have said. A cheater tool like this is no substitute for learning to draw perspective theory correctly.

clint d
03/30/2011 at 2:39 pm

that is amazing. i can’t believe there are only 13 other comments. worst feature ever.

saul good
04/15/2011 at 3:18 pm

thank you!! another mind-blowingly stupid ‘feature’ of illustrator cs5..

SusanUSA
05/07/2011 at 5:40 pm

Thanks! I was going nuts trying to get the grid turned off.

Mike
05/11/2011 at 6:53 pm

word!!!!! you rock

Andrea
05/20/2011 at 1:37 am

It makes me laugh , finding so many people (me included) having this problem. I’m not an illustrator-guru but it isn’t normal going nuts to get rid of A GRID in this suite. very tedious!

riccardo
05/27/2011 at 6:52 am

I said a boom chicka rocka chicka rocka chicka boom!

Mike
06/06/2011 at 12:41 pm

Illustrator is much tougher to use than Corel Draw. A lot less user friendly. Too bad…but thanks this was driving me nuts I finally got out of it!

Zane
06/15/2011 at 9:29 pm

That thing is a bastard. Thanks.

Anna
06/16/2011 at 7:55 am

Thanks! Very simple, but very useful.

zobi
06/21/2011 at 12:31 pm

thanks dude 😀

Tanvir
07/03/2011 at 1:42 pm

thanks dude!! its a real pain in the head with that thing.

Dolly
07/12/2011 at 1:55 pm

Pain in the arse to find. Cheers mate.

Michiel
07/18/2011 at 11:55 pm

Great thread! Thanks, saved some valuable time here.

Catherine
07/19/2011 at 2:42 pm

thanks so much !!!!!

Carina
07/21/2011 at 7:28 pm

Thanks for saving me the stress of finding out how to delete the grid. Your site was the first on Google with the answer! Good on you! I’ll come back here again!

Catherine
08/03/2011 at 2:40 pm

Ahhhhhh! Thank you!!!!

Joshua
08/08/2011 at 11:05 am

Phew, that was annoying, thanks….

yvonne
08/14/2011 at 12:45 am

ty so mucchhhhhhhhhhhhh!

jay
08/23/2011 at 10:45 pm

thank you!!!

Anandaroop Ghosh
08/24/2011 at 1:28 am

thank you so much. saved me a lot of time.

alia khairat
08/31/2011 at 11:13 am

oh thank god! That explains why all the squares I draw come out skewed all of a sudden?

mushroomer
09/09/2011 at 3:22 pm

another way to remove the grid
press shift+p to “select” the grid
press that little “x” in the icon at the top left of your workspace

Robert in SF
09/24/2011 at 4:56 am

PERSPECTIVE GRID and MASKS ISSUES in CS5 (22 yrs+ AI Devotee here).
#1 Perspective Grid: Thanks! NOW I can FINALLY turn that #@%!!# thing on & off (MANUALLY); I couldn’t make it go away. This may free-up some keyboard shortcuts. And turn OFF Adobe’s ill-advised keyboard command for this widget. Any command involving the letter “P” should have to do with “Printing” IMHO. Thanks so much, I just couldn’t get that darn grid-matrix to go away. And most tools in Illustrator toggle on and off. Not this little Rosemary’s Baby of a Widget! I applaud Adobe’s effort at adding this type of capability in vector, “E” for effort, etc. But just like so many other ANNOYING little things in CS5 forward; I wonder whether Adobe has messed with some long-standing AI commands & functions to placate their post-Freehand Customers (???). Example:
#2. I still HATE, HATE, HATE the WAY MASKS (DON’T) WORK in CS5! They work like they do in Freehand. With my CD standing over me I could NOT grab a masked linked file. My IT Guy gets around this by making a layer for everything masked (??!!) VERY clunky & difficult to isolate and MOVE one of MULTIPLE links or elements in a “master” mask! Hope Adobe goes back to what WORKED in Masks (BTW, I’m a Select by Path kinda guy, NOT an Area Select kinda guy, which probably exacerbates?) Just WHY did Adobe RUIN the EASE OF USE of the way Masks just worked (multiple items, no problem, just hollow tool & click!). Also, now to click to open a link in Photoshop I find I have to carefully HIDE EVERYTHING ELSE, BEFORE I can option-click to open link in PSD. Often times, I just give up & manually open link from images list in Finder. AI built it’s rep on PRECISION PLUS STREAMLINING FUNCTIONALITY for EASE of USE. AI is getting way more powerful & stable (esp. on giant-screened IntelCore Dual iMacs we use).

Bri
10/02/2011 at 7:59 am

Thanks so much for this! I accidently pressed the tool without knowing what it was a pressed. I finally found out but I was never sure what to do when it happened again. Then it happened again and so I found myself here. Now I know :) Thank f**k for that!!

timichango
10/05/2011 at 6:33 pm

Uh…. I might be going crazy here, but there is no ‘perspective grid’ item in my view menu… anyone have any insight into this? Gah!

-Tim

iuri
10/12/2011 at 9:41 am

THANKS!!

silvia
10/14/2011 at 5:02 pm

dude… saved my life… i was about to throw my mac trough the window!
thx

marso
12/07/2011 at 1:37 am

thanks.

francois
12/09/2011 at 8:22 am

thank you

Shane
12/11/2011 at 7:55 am

Thank you! This feature is incredibly annoying. That useless widget thing that pops up but you can’t actually click on just adds to the confusion. I suppose it might be useful at some point but the implementation is terrible.

Aya
12/15/2011 at 6:21 am

Thank you!!!!

Jayesh
01/02/2012 at 11:07 pm

Thanks a lot for your help.
The tool is really annoying and hated by me.

Mimi
02/06/2012 at 6:12 am

Thanks so much for this – I tried clicking on the “x” like a lot of other forums suggested to no avail.
Your shortcut worked beautifully.

Many thanks!

a graphic
02/14/2012 at 7:54 pm

duuuuude u rock! u saved my life and my nerves telling me how to turn this #@^%#&%$ off! you’re my god!

Tararrr
02/20/2012 at 10:19 pm

Thanks for this! My head was wrecked trying to figure out how to get rid of the grid.

Megan
03/22/2012 at 1:48 pm

Thank you so much!!!!!!

Sam
04/18/2012 at 8:28 pm

Hey bro thanks so much for this, really saved me some time.

gonza
07/05/2012 at 6:40 am

muchisimas gracias!

Thiet ke in Ha noi
07/07/2012 at 1:03 am

Very helpful – Im looking this, Thanks you very much

ben
07/29/2012 at 4:54 am

i have to say it: Thank you

Warribros
07/31/2012 at 1:14 pm

Problem solved! Thank you so much.

ACE
08/10/2012 at 9:51 am

Muchas gracias!! desde Costa Rica!!!!

Margarita
09/06/2012 at 5:25 am

Thank you. What I don’t understand is why the help button is so useless in all of adobe’s product. It doesn’t even respond to the word ‘Grid’. So thank you again.

Vivian
09/24/2012 at 8:02 am

Thank you… I have been starting a new file to get rid of it…

V

ck
10/10/2012 at 8:25 am

Thank you so much, i had this problem for a very long time. thanks.

andrea
10/13/2012 at 10:37 am

Ditto to what Silvia said! I’ve been working for hours with this freaking grid on my screen and no idea how to turn off. Thanks!!

Vicky
10/15/2012 at 4:52 am

HUGELY appreciated!

Mikey
10/23/2012 at 1:01 am

Take that perspective grid! thank you so, so much!

RUDY
10/28/2012 at 6:06 pm

THANK YOU!!!!

ely
11/01/2012 at 1:16 am

tenkiu

Kemar
11/14/2012 at 10:28 pm

SShhhg! Finally I can’t believe how this issue has been obstructing me. Thanks bro!

tere
11/20/2012 at 1:18 am

Thank you! it’s been annoying me to death for a few times now~

Tim
11/21/2012 at 9:05 am

Major THANKS!

David
11/26/2012 at 8:34 pm

thanks, that was annoying, glad to find this!

Jari
11/29/2012 at 8:34 am

Thank You!!

elsa
11/30/2012 at 7:34 am

THANK YOU !!!!!!!

Frank
12/05/2012 at 10:40 pm

Thank you! just spent 20 trying to do this by clicking on that round icon… wierd UI design on that part

Clive
12/14/2012 at 4:40 pm

Thank you!

shiv
12/16/2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks from INDIA!

Theo Dixon
12/17/2012 at 10:55 am

Thank you :)!!!

Dr. Harris
12/28/2012 at 11:57 pm

Thanks for the instructions! That tool was pitifully painful to work around.

Hayley
01/04/2013 at 10:46 pm

I was totally smashing my mouse on the ‘x’ ughh. Thank you so much!

Tom
01/07/2013 at 2:39 pm

Thank you very much!! If only Adobe could be as helpful, like having an obvious dismiss or escape button in the tool panel.

marina
01/13/2013 at 6:56 am

thank you so much! I was stuck with that grid and i couldn’t take it out!!!
You saved me :-)

Lori
01/18/2013 at 9:56 pm

Thank you so much!

Ash
01/21/2013 at 10:34 pm

Thanks so much for this helpful tip. I was 8 seconds from punching my computer screen. lol

Mimi
01/23/2013 at 2:31 pm

Thanks SO much! Adobe help was USELESS!!!

Sandy
01/31/2013 at 11:02 pm

Thank you sooooo much!! So close from throwing my computer screen at the wall

Autoescuela Sevilla
02/01/2013 at 3:48 am

Thank you so much! I was scared when the grid appears and I could’t turn off it!! thanks.

rod
02/01/2013 at 3:49 am

Thansks for your tip.
This appearance is a very painful thing indeed and I always forget how to disable it.

Roxel
02/16/2013 at 12:24 am

Damn it, I never thought it was just easy like that… hahah.. anyway.. thank you bro…

Isobel
02/17/2013 at 4:35 pm

I wanted to say thanks too, time saver!

Jo Ooakes
02/28/2013 at 12:34 am

Don’t really use this and I spent ages trying to find out where it turns off. I ended up here. Thanks so much. Must remember for future! Adobe didn’t really make this very clear at all.

Thomas
03/01/2013 at 5:00 pm

such a stupid feature, thanks for this trick

Diego Morales
03/21/2013 at 8:47 am

Thanks from Costa Rica! Incredible, I spent a lot of time trying to close this tool…this tip is perfect…

Nicky
03/26/2013 at 9:30 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you – was getting desperate. Interesting to see that over 2 years after your post, that this feature is still giving people grief . . . Thanks again

MichelleMarie
03/27/2013 at 10:31 am

You are doing God’s work. lol

Gavin
03/27/2013 at 9:42 pm

+1 for all of positive comments above!
thankyou

Jennilee
04/02/2013 at 9:43 am

You guys are just the best. (this comes up first in google, by the way. proud of you!).

Maarten
04/02/2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks!! It is ridiculous that you cannot just ‘ESCape’ things in Illustrator…

umyr
04/15/2013 at 1:54 am

Thank you so much – finally i get rid of this ______ grid

David
04/16/2013 at 9:15 am

Thank you so much! I realized immediately that I had accidentally hit Shift+P instead of Shift+O, so, I tried to toggle it off with the same command. That is how it should work, but obviously does not. Again, thank you!

Ansel
04/16/2013 at 9:31 am

Thanks so much for this.

jane
04/16/2013 at 9:41 am

yea thank you!

ishita aswal
04/17/2013 at 3:48 am

thanks

Hello
04/19/2013 at 12:35 am

Thanks, ur so great! Almost lost my mind with that stubborn whatchamacallit grid

Alfie R
04/19/2013 at 7:59 pm

thank you!!

Lena
04/20/2013 at 12:15 am

That could’ve have driven me mad – thanks.

Kevin
04/22/2013 at 12:28 pm

Thank you. This seems like it should be an intuitive command, but I have wasted hours on such things in the past. Not this time, thanks to you!

mark
04/23/2013 at 6:42 am

thanks a mills, this was driving me mad

THN83
05/02/2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks your help

tim
05/11/2013 at 10:27 pm

such a silly feature. thanks

Mel Piper
05/13/2013 at 2:54 am

that’s great thanks!

ravihara
05/13/2013 at 11:46 pm

thanks a lot dude. it was a pain in the ass

Mike
05/17/2013 at 7:47 am

Thank you!!!
Very much appreciated. I was having a manic day and this somehow got turned on…. You’ve saved me some time for sure :)

kris
05/20/2013 at 5:11 am

Thank you so much!

Teri
06/17/2013 at 1:20 pm

Thank you. This was so annoying.

Jolyn
07/08/2013 at 7:39 am

Thank you for your easy instructions!

Lisa
07/14/2013 at 3:32 pm

This post is over 3 years old and still helping people. Couldn’t get rid of it no matter what. Thanks so much!

Tiffany
08/05/2013 at 6:59 am

Thanks very much! Old post but still very helpful!

Gemma
08/05/2013 at 8:55 am

Also if you make sure that the perspective tool is clicked, you can then close the annoying grid from the icon that appears on the top left corner

Partho
08/29/2013 at 2:13 am

Hi guys,

some how the Perspective Grid Widget which comes up in the Top left Corner is hidden is can not see the option how to get that widget on the screen the grid is coming up but not the small icon

Please help me Guys
email me: partho.chakraborty@live.com

Tisa
08/31/2013 at 1:59 am

I was ready to kill someone -thank you for preventing me from becoming a murderer

Kellie
09/02/2013 at 4:03 am

I couldn’t believe google found this question before I’d even typed the ‘p’ for ‘perspective’. Great post, thanks.

Rae Smith
09/19/2013 at 3:38 am

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cath
10/31/2013 at 12:47 pm

Thank goodness! This was driving me batty.

Leigh
10/31/2013 at 1:19 pm

Haha batty, such a good word. Glad this post is still providing help to everyone after 3 years.

Eli
11/02/2013 at 7:42 am

Thank you, whoever you are, whenever you might be ! :)

Al Aldridge
11/12/2013 at 5:24 am

Fuck Yeahhhh!!!! Thanks dude I was close to stab my pen into the screen :)

Haya
12/12/2013 at 1:05 am

Thanks! that really helped.

mamun
12/12/2013 at 3:07 am

thanks

inge
01/09/2014 at 2:12 pm

I used it to draw a display and once you know how it’s quite handy. You can turn it of bij selecting the perspectivetool and clicking the little cross. Hidden under the perspectivetool is the perspective selectiontool. Put on the grid, make a selection ex a circle and drag with the perspectiveselection, now you have a circle in perspective. in the little box on top you can choose the plane you’re working in. It’s not very intiutive but once you know how it’s very easy for some fast architectural stuff.

addworld11@gmail.com
02/14/2014 at 5:28 am

thnx

Ana
03/01/2014 at 6:53 am

That was very very useful. Thanks man.

Blair
03/11/2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks – this was making me absolutely mental.

Dj Darad
03/16/2014 at 7:02 pm

CTRL + Shift + i

Yes!

Hannah
04/11/2014 at 9:20 pm

THANK YOU I LOVE YOU!

James
04/28/2014 at 12:13 am

Thank you.

Rosie Martinez-Dekker
05/18/2014 at 8:08 am

Million of thanks, you save me to start getting annoyed before a deadline!

Maurice Go
06/26/2014 at 11:41 am

Thank You! You are a Big Time Saver!!

Valsoraj
06/28/2014 at 2:35 am

THANKKK YOUUUUUUU!!!!!

fujiko
07/04/2014 at 8:58 am

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate
07/14/2014 at 10:50 pm

Thank you!

Bhaskar
07/16/2014 at 3:35 am

thank you ..

Aki Isamu
07/20/2014 at 1:47 am

Thank you so much!!! No one else on the internet will answer this kind of question…

Bren
07/24/2014 at 11:34 pm

Brilliant. to the point. Thanks

john
09/15/2014 at 10:38 pm

Hello, Can you help me?

i’m using illustrator cs5. so by my mistake,i had turn on the Perspective Grid tool. so, i have turn off that later. but selection tool is different.i’can’t scale any designs with that tool.how do i get original selection tool again.please help me.

Shweta
09/17/2014 at 9:23 pm

Perfect…! Thanks a lot

Nate
10/18/2014 at 9:14 am

it should be View > Perspective Grid > Destroy Grid

Sarah
10/20/2014 at 11:31 pm

Omg! Thank you so, SO much! I was on the verge of being crazy.

Ryan T
12/12/2014 at 2:01 pm

Thanks a ton. Glad I’m not the only one. I was about to toss my tablet out the window lol.

Chris
01/13/2015 at 9:52 am

Yet Another thanks! =)

Pak Nayop
02/03/2015 at 9:04 pm

more than 30 minutes precious time has been saved.

Alan
03/12/2015 at 6:55 am

Thanks. 5 years later later and that simple little menu thing saving so many people, so much time.

Mary
04/21/2015 at 1:33 pm

You are a popular guy. Thanks!

Fridy Visser Knof
05/15/2015 at 4:36 am

Thanx, that came out very handy!

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