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Summary:

3D Easter Egg in Illustrator

    ●  Even if it's not Easter, this is a fun and easy way to introduce 3D in Illustrator. Also the "Map Art" function is interesting, it allows you to make the symbol bend to match the contour of the 3D object.


Learn About:

Pen Tool Manipulate Anchor Points Symbols3D Revolve Map Art Radial Gradients

  •   This tutorial is part of the Shadow Life Project.

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Step #1: Open Illustrator ~

Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.

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Step #2: Easter Colors ~

Set your Stroke Color to none none

… set the Fill Color to something Easter looking.

fill color


Step #3: Creating the Egg Shape ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and draw an elongated circle shape.

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Step #3: Adjusting the Shape ~

Get the Direct Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (a) …

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… select the center anchor points of the shape.

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With the Down Arrow key down arrow make the shape fatter toward the bottom.

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Step #4: Delete the Left Half of the Shape ~

With the Direct Selection Tool select the Left Half of the shape …

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… and hit Delete

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If you delete the right half you may get unintended results with the 3D …


Step #5: Select some Symbols from the Library~

Open the Symbols Palette or go to: Window > Symbols

symbols

… click the Symbol Libraries Menu

symbol libraries menu

… and choose the Flowers or Retro Pack for starters but pick any pack you want.


Step #6: Select some Symbols from the Library~

Add your Symbols to the main Symbol panel by clicking them.


Step #7: 3D ~

Go to: Effect > 3D > Revolve and hit Preview

3d revolve

… select Map Art

… and scroll through the layers until you find the biggest one.


Step #8: Choose your Symbol ~

  Choose your symbol from the Symbol drop down box …

  … and try Shade Artwork too.

  This may take a couple of try's to get the symbol placed in the correct position.

Adjust the position and size of the symbol for best effect.

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Step #8: Create a New Layer ~

Open Layers or go to: Window > Layers

layers

… make a New Layer and lock the other layers …

Drag that layer to the bottom, below the other layer.

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Step #9: Shadows and Effects ~

Select the Ellipse Tool again (L) …

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… drag an oval circle around the base of the object, any color, for now …

… click Gradient on the palette menu or go to: Window > Gradient

… select Radial …

… hit Reverse Gradient if necessary …

… and lastly, .ower the Aspect Ratio of the gradient.

aspect ratio

Look! A shadow! Try different stuff!

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Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]

Attach it!

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FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

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