3 Review of Previously Learnt

17/08/2010 18:05


3D logos - remembering what you have learnt.


3D Text

Use the Type tool, type in “3D Logo”. Change the color of the text to a different color besides black.  You must click on the layer before you do the next step.  So go on the Path menu, make sure you are on the TEXT layer and then select the text with the Selection tool.  Now go to this next step.

Go to Effect >Warp > Arc and apply the following settings:

warp text

Make sure the preview button is on so that you may see what your changes will look like.

2.3D Extrude & Bevel

Then go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel and apply the setting as shown in the image below.   Once more, make sure that the preview is on.  You can drag around the cube to set the X,Y,Z rotation values. Set the Extrude Depth to 20pt.

3d extrude & bevel

3.Expand Appearance

Now go to Object > Expand Appearance to remove all effects and convert to paths. After the text object is expanded, Ungrounp the object by Object > Ungroup or pressCtrl+Shift+G. You probably need to do Ungroup 4-5 times in order to break the object apart.  With the paths ungrouped you can delete some of the layers, or move some of the layers.  It's up to you.

expand appearance

4.Merge Paths

This is very important, so that you can do proper corners.  Or you can let the machine do it for you.  Select the round corner paths and merge them together by using the Pathfinder tool. Hold down Alt key, click on the Add to shape area to merge the selected paths. Repeat this step to clean up all round corner paths.


5.Apply Gradient

Select the top level paths and apply a yellow-green color gradient. Click on the sqaures to change the colors.  When the color menu comes up you can see the square icon from the gradient to see that is the color you are changing.



Select the back(depth) paths, use the Eyedropper tool and click on the front paths. This will copy the gradient fill.



Keep the back paths selected, go to Gradient palette and adjust the gradient colors to a darker tone.  Once more, make sure you only have the top level to do these changes.  Otherwise you are changing everything, including the background or backdrop of your 3 D logo.

darker gradient

8.3D Logo

You can use this technique to make 3D objects from any shape, text, etc.

Here are the steps:

  1. Apply 3D Extrude & Bevel effect
  2. Expand object
  3. Ungroup object
  4. Apply gradient
  5. Eyedropper gradient fill

3d logo


Here are some samples that I want you to look at and consider doing.

more 3d logo

Your assignment, to do 3 of the above items and hand them in to your teacher.  Each one is 5 marks.  Each one must be exact.  If any difference is detected, it is -1 from that image.  See my example of the above assignment in PDF format.  You send me your examples in AI format.