Adobe Illustrator Practice – Practising 3D effects

I recently decided that Adobe Illustrator would be the design software I’ll be using to design my poster for the Development and Realisation Assignment. I found it interesting to try and go over the software again, in order to practise features I’ve already tried, as well as new features, including the available 3D effects. I wanted to try these effects out, just in case I wanted to use 3D graphics on my finished poster, to add a more aesthetically pleasing effect.

I experimented with different shapes, as well as the brush tool, and then applied effects to them. Illustrator provides three effects, each with very different results. As seen below, there are different results you can get with the 3D tools.

A sample of 3D objects I created with Illustrator

A sample of 3D objects I created with Illustrator

In the picture above, I used the effects “bevel & extrude” (used for the green shape), “rotate” (for the blue hexagon) and “revolve” (for the yellow and orange shapes). These complex shapes came from drawing a few quick lines and then selecting the effect I wanted, making it a very easy process.

My favourite effect is “revolve” as it can create a smooth 3D image that also has built-in light and shade physics that can be changed manually.

It was fun exploring these effects, as they allowed me to quickly and effectively change the properties and appearance of shapes, as well as text, as I found out later on. Overall, I plan to incorporate a mixture of 3D graphics as well as 2D pictures into my final poster.

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As seen here, the highlighted blue lines show the original drawing before the revolve effect was added.

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An example showing a shape and text after a 3D effect has been applied to them.

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