3D Text with Symbols in Illustrator
● Learn 3D.
✓ 3D✓ Symbols
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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~
✓ Open YOUR PROJECT in Illustrator …
… if you're working on the Comic Book Project, open that…
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✓ … whatever project you're working on, create a New Layer, and lock your other layers.
✓ If you absolutely don't have an Illustrator project, open a new Print Document.
Step #2: Symbols ~
✓ Open Symbols or go to: Window > Symbols …
✓ … click Symbol Libraries Menu …
✓ … choose Grime Vector Pack …
✓ … and drag one onto the artboard.
Step #3: Break the Link ~
✓ With the Symbol on the Artboard selected, go up to the Control panel and click the Break Link button.
Step #4: Swatches ~
✓ Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches …
✓ … and choose a bright color for the shape.
Step #5: Drag Another Symbol onto the Artboard ~
✓ Drag another Grime Vector Pack onto the artboard, break the link, and choose a different color for it.
Step #6: Change Perspective of the Symbol ~
✓ Select one of the shapes and go to: Effect > 3D > Rotate, hit Preview, and rotate the cube.
✓ Also, set the Perspective to give it an exaggerated look that adds more interest.
Step #7: Apply a similar Rotation to the Second Symbol ~
✓ Click on the other symbol and go to: Effect > Apply Rotate to apply the same effect to the other.
Step #8: Drop Shadow ~
✓ With the splats selected, go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow …
✓ … and adjust the drop shadow to your own needs.
Step #9: Text ~
✓ Get the Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (t) …
✓ … draw a box and type something you can use:
✓ If you're working on a the Comic Book Project, you could use a Title. <
✓ If you're working on your Cereal Box Project, or your Package Redesign Project, type the name of your product.
✓ Whatever you're working on type something you can use in your work!
✓ If you really can't think of anything to type, try writing a Call to Action! like these: https://www.netatlantic.com/blog/2012/04/20-effective-call-to-action-cta-phrases/
Step #10: Download and Install an Appropriate Font ~
✓ Download An Interesting Font you could use in your work.
• Go to: http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=102 and download a font that fits your theme.
• Look for big Bold fonts appropriate to your project.
Step #11: Create Outlines ~
✓ Convert the text to outlines by Right-Clicking or going to: Type > Create Outlines.
Step #12: 3D ~
✓ Then go to: Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel. Grab the cube and position the text in 3D. Also set the Perspective and the Extrude Depth until you get something you like.
✓ Next, click the More Options button to reveal the lighting controls.
✓ Grab the light handle on the sphere and adjust to your liking.
✓ Position everything to your liking and click OK.
Step #13: Color your Letters ~
✓ Get the Direct Selection Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (a) and click one of the letters …
✓ … and change the colors of each letter if you like.
Step #14: Rotate the Letters ~
✓ Then get the Rotate Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (r) …
✓ … and rotate each letter slightly the same way.
✓ Rotate each letter slightly varying the rotation.
Step #15: More Drop Shadows ~
✓ Select the text and add more Drop Shadow to that by going to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow again an see if that works…
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.