In this article, I will introduce how to create 3D objects using Adobe Illustrator.
You can create a 3D object in 2D, so the result is pretty unique and looks different from the average 3D model.
There are 3 functions in Adobe Illustrator for creating 3D objects.
By using these 3 functions, you can create an object as in the image below.
The top is an object created by extrude/bevel, next is an object created by rotation, the last is an object created by revolving.
I will explain each function.
First, create a new Adobe document.
Once you create a new file, choose the rectangle tool as in the image below.
It is the icon highlighted in the left tool bar.
Draw a rectangle.
Click the white background with the rectangle tool, and a window will popup as in the image below.
Set the width as 150px, and the height as 150px to create a square.
Select the square.
You will be able to edit the Extrude/Bevel options, so edit the parameters according to the object you want to create.
Here, I set the ‘Extrude Depth’ to 70pt, and the Bevel to ’Gentle’.
After you are finished editing, press ‘OK’.
Press Ok and create a 3D object.
The depth is set to 70pt, and the gentle bevels show up on the sides.
Next, I will introduce ‘Rotation’.
Create a square like before, with H150px and W150px, then choose it.
A 3D rotation option will show up.
Drag the 3D rotate option cube in the direction you want to rotate the object.
I rotated the object so that the light blue surface faces the bottom left.
Press OK when you are done.
The square will rotate.
Next, I will introduce revolving.
This method is to rotate a object around a certain axis, and create a 3D object.
As previous steps, create a H150px,W150px square.
A revolve options window will popup as in the image below, so set according to your needs.
I set the revolve axis to ‘left’, and the degree to ‘360°’.
It will rotate a whole rotation if you set it to 360°.180° will be a half rotation.
If you press OK, a cylinder will appear as in the image below.
The file you just created is an .ai file.
If you want to upload to STYLY, you have to use a .png or .jpeg file.
For this example, I will export as a .png file.
Choose File>Export>Export format as in the image below,
and save as a png file.
Uploading to STYLY
If you want to upload the png file to STYLY, please refer to the following article for details.
In this article, I introduced how to create 3D objects using Adobe Illustrator.
You may be able to create a new style by creating a 3D object in 2D.
Please explore the possiblities by changing the extrude angle, or a half rotate revolve option.