3D Vase in Illustrator
● Make a Vase Shape and use the "Map Art" function to make a symbol bend to match the contour of the 3D object.
● Then Add a Shadow!
✓ Map Art with Symbols✓ 3D Revolve✓ Symbols ✓ Drop Shadow Effects
Other People's Work:
Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open Illustrator ~
✓ Open a new blank document in Illustrator with approximately these dimentions:
Step #2: Draw HALF a vase Outline ~
✓ Get the Pen Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (p) …
✓ … turn the Fill off and pick any color for the Stroke.
✓ Draw a shape like this:
✓ It may take a couple of trys to get it right!
Step #3: 3D Revolve ~
✓ Leave the Stroke off and set the Fill color to whatever you want.
✓ Select the path with the Selection Tool (V) and go to: Effect > 3D > Revolve.
✓ Click OK and see the 3D.
Step #4: Not so good? ~
✓ Using the Direct Selection Tool , you can always adjust the anchor points afterwards.
Step #5: Symbols ~
✓ Open the Symbols Palette or go to: Window > Symbols …
✓ … click the Symbol Libraries Menu …
✓ … and choose the Flowers or Retro Pack for starters but pick any pack you want.
✓ There are many different Symbol Packs to choose from!
Step #6: Select some Symbols from the Library~
✓ Add your Symbols to the main Symbol panel by clicking them.
Step #7: Appearance Panel ~
✓ Go back and select the shape again with the Selection Tool …
✓ … open the Appearance panel or go to: Window > Appearance …
✓ … and Double-click 3D Revolve to edit.
Step #8: Map Art ~
✓ Click on Map Art …
✓ … and scroll through the layers until you find the biggest one.
Step #9: Choose your Symbol ~
✓ Choose your symbol from the Symbol drop down box …
✓ … and hit 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.
Step #10: Effects ~
✓ Select everything by hitting Cmd+A and go to: Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow …
✓ … and put a Drop Shadow on it.
Step #11: Create a New Layer ~
✓ Open Layers by going to: Window > Layers …
✓ … make a New Layer and lock the other layers …
✓ … and drag that layer to the bottom.
Step #12: Fake Shadow ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and drag an oval circle around the bottom.
✓ Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Radial as the Type.
✓ … hit Reverse Gradient if necessary …
✓ … lastly, lower the Aspect Ratio of the gradient.
✓ Look! 2 Shadows! Try different stuff!
✓ Try other styles Too! Experiment! Take a risk!
Step #13: Save as .ai ~
✓ Then go to: File > Save as ... and save the document as an .ai file.
Step #14: Open your Current Project ~
✓ Open YOUR CURRENT PROJECT …
… if it's the Drag and Drop Game, open your interior in Photoshop …
… if you're working on the Make a Scene, open that …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #15: Place your Vase ~
✓ Now go to: File > Place … and place the .ai vase you saved.
✓ … (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
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.