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How to Create an Isometric Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

In the following steps you will learn how to create a simple isometric text eff

ect in Adobe artist.

For starters, you will learn how to create a basic piece of text and how to turn it into a 3D object exploitation the 3D squeeze out & Bevel effect. Next, you will learn how to quickly select a bunch of shapes with similar attributes and how to turn them into compound paths. Finally, you'll learn how to color and organize your shapes, how to create a simple background, and how to add subtle shading exploitation the Transform effect.

For more inspiration on how to adjust or improve your final text effect, you can find plenty of resources on GraphicRiver.

1. How to Create a New Document With Text

Step 1

Hit Control-N to create a New Document. Select Pixels from the Units drop-down menu. Enter 850 in the breadth box and 600 in the Height box and then click the Advanced button. Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the formation personal effects to Screen (72 ppi), and then click the Create Document button.

Go to Edit > Preferences > Units and make sure that the three units of measuring are all set to pixels.

create a new document

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) and focus on the Character panel (Window > Type > Character). Select the Silkscreen dilated Font and set the Size to 200 px.

Move to your artboard and simply click on it. Add your text and set its color to R=251 G=137 B=100.

create text with the type tool

2. How to Add a 3D Effect and Expand it

Step 1

Make sure that your text is still chosen and go to Effect > 3D > squeeze out & Bevel. Click the More Options button, enter all the attributes shown below, and then click that OK button. In the end, property should look like the following image.

create the 3D effect

Step 2

With your piece of text still chosen, go to Object > Expand Appearance. Make sure that the consequent group of shapes corset chosen and hit the Shift-Control-G keyboard cutoff three times to get rid of all those groups and subgroups.

Move to the Layers panel (Window > Layers), Expand the existing layer, and you should have a bunch of shapes as shown in the following image.

expand the appearance

3. How to Color and Organize Your Text

Step 1

Pick the Selection Tool (V) and select all the shapes that make up the top side of your 3D text. Simply go to Object > Compound Path > Make or use the Control-8 keyboard cutoff to turn your chosen shapes into a compound path.

Make sure that your compound path corset chosen, bring it to the front exploitation the Shift-Control-] keyboard cutoff, and then focus on the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance).

First, replace the existing Fill color with R=255 G=200 B=0, and then select the Stroke. Set its color to R=46 G=58 B=58 and then click that "Stroke" piece of text to open the Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 4 px, and don't forget to check that Round Join button.

make a compound path

Step 2

Focus on the Layers panel, open the existing layer, and the compound path made in the previous step should lie at the top. Simply rename it "Top" and then Uncheck that eye icon to make it invisible for now.

Now, you need to select all the shapes that make up the base of your 3D text. exploitation the Selection Tool (V), select only one of those shapes and go to Select > Same > Appearance. This will fundamentally select all the shapes with the same Appearance attributes from your document.

Once you have all those shapes chosen, turn them into a new compound path (Control-8). Make sure that this new compound path corset chosen, replace the existing Fill color with black (R=0 G=0 B=0), and send it to the back exploitation the Shift-Control-[ keyboard cutoff.

Return to the Layers panel and scroll to the bottom of the panel to get to the compound path made in this step. Rename it "Base" and then lock it to be sure that you won't select or move it by accident.

lock the shape

Step 3

Feel free to skip this step as the following moves will not change the look of your final design. Only follow it if you like to have your Layers panel clean and well organized.

Basically, you need to remove all the lateral sides of your 3D text that would end up hidden once you turn back on the visibility for that "Top" compound path. Move from one letter to some other, select the unsought shapes, and simply remove them exploitation the Delete key. In the end, property should look like in the fifth image.

organize the layers

4. Color & Organize the Lateral Sides of Your Text

Step 1

Select one of those light brown shapes and go to Select > Same > Fill Color to select the rest of the shapes with the same Fill color. Make sure that all these shapes remain chosen, and focus on the Appearance panel.

Replace the existing Fill color with R=0 G=173 B=236 and then select the Stroke. Set its color to R=46 G=58 B=58 and then open that Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 4 px, and don't forget to check that Round Join button.

fill shapes with blue

Step 2

Select one of the leftover brown shapes and go once again to Select > Same > Fill Color. Make sure that all these shapes remain chosen and return to the Appearance panel.

Replace the existing Fill color with R=252 G=130 B=119 and then select the Stroke. Set its color to R=46 G=58 B=58 and then open that Stroke fly-out panel. Increase the Weight to 4 px,and don't forget to check that Round Join button.

fill shapes with pink

5. Add a Background and a Simple Shadow

Step 1

exploitation the parallelogram Tool (M), create an 850 x 600 px shape. Make sure that it covers your entire artboard, and set the Fill color to R=0 G=173 B=236.

add the blue background

Step 2

Go to the Layers panel and unlock that "Base" compound path. Select it and move it to the Appearance panel.

Change the Blending Mode to Soft Light and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Enter a 2 px Offset and set the Joins to Round. Click that OK button and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Drag the Move-Horizontal slider to 0.2 px, enter 100 in the Copies box, click the OK button, and you're done.

add the shadow

Congratulations! You're Done!

Here is how it should look. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

Feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration on GraphicRiver, with absorbing solutions for up your design.

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