All I want is the Illustrator equivalent of what right-click -> Perspective does in Photoshop. Normally I would just use the Free Transform Tool, but it doesn’t appear to let me do it with an imported raster image like it does so nicely on a vector.
I also don’t need the Perspective Grid to snap to or anything like that, what am I missing here? Thanks!
Add an Envelope Mesh.
Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh and choose 1 row and 1 column and click
Then you can distort the envelope (which contains the raster image).
Alternatively, for simpler and symmetric perspective distorts you can use
Make with Warp and select any warp. If you then adjust Bend to 0 %, you can use the Horizontal and Vertical sliders to adjust the perspective warp. This only works if the vanishing point is on either the horizontal or vertical central axis of the image, though, or compensate with Shear afterwards.
Note: this only works with embedded images, not linked. If you’re using linked image files, you’ll have to first embed the image.