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Rotating objects in 3D space

From: Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

Video: Rotating objects in 3D space

In this final movie I'll show you how to do something that has nothing to do with blending and masking inside of Illustrator, but it does help us to finish off the artwork, and it's a really cool effect as well. What we're going to do is rotate 2D objects in 3D space in order to create this crest at the top of the sarcophagus and this chiseled text down here below. So I'll go ahead and switch over to my illustration in progress and then I'll turn on the second to top layer, which is called type & crest. And if you click on one of the character outlines, you'll see that I've converted this text to path outlines.

Rotating objects in 3D space

In this final movie I'll show you how to do something that has nothing to do with blending and masking inside of Illustrator, but it does help us to finish off the artwork, and it's a really cool effect as well. What we're going to do is rotate 2D objects in 3D space in order to create this crest at the top of the sarcophagus and this chiseled text down here below. So I'll go ahead and switch over to my illustration in progress and then I'll turn on the second to top layer, which is called type & crest. And if you click on one of the character outlines, you'll see that I've converted this text to path outlines.

I'm going to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac, in order to hide those selection edges, and I'll go ahead and zoom in a few clicks as well so that we can see this text up close and personal. Notice that I've created this inner edge using a couple of Fills. So I've got this Fill in front, it's a Gradient Fill, and back of that is another Gradient Fill that's offset to the right, and then back of that we have a black Stroke that's offset a little bit to the right as well. Now, that will create the effect of having chiseled letters once we match the text to the perspective of the scene, and that's something that you can do with the 3D Revolve command.

So make sure that you're seeing that a Compound Path is selected over here in the far left side of the Control panel. Then go up to the Effect menu, choose 3D, and choose Rotate. Now, I'll be devoting an entire chapter to 3D effects in the Mastery course of the series, so you can consider this a preview of coming attractions. I'll go ahead and choose the Rotate command, and then I'll turn on the Preview checkbox so I can see what my text will look like when rotated according to the settings right here. Now, notice I'm seeing this little warning that's telling me that my gradients will be rasterized.

In other words, they're going to be converted to pixels, but that will happen on-the-fly. So I'll still be able to edit the gradients using the Gradient tool if I so desire. Now, the next thing you want to do is start dragging this cube around. And notice if I drag the front edges here that they turn red, and I'm also changing the first value on the right hand side. So the red edges go with this X-axis function right there; the vertical green edges go with the next value. So notice that now I'm modifying the second value in the list.

You also modify the other values a little bit, but not quite as much, and then these blue edges end up affecting the Z value, which is the final value in the list. Again, it affects that value more than the others; the others update slightly. Now, just so we can cut to the chase here, I'm going to dial in a few values. I came up with an X value of 20 degrees, and a Y value of -29 degrees, and a Z value of -6 degrees.

But of course I did so through trial and error, just by dragging this box around. Now, you'll notice, if you take a look at the preview inside the document window, that while I'm matching the angle of my scene, I'm not matching the perspective. In other words, the letters should decline as they flow to the right. But you can add perspective to your scene by increasing this Perspective value. So notice as I apply a larger value, I'm swinging the right hand-letters backward and the left- hand letters forward. I'm going to go ahead and increase that value even farther, and I ended up with a Perspective value of 100 degrees, as you see here.

Now, every once in a while you may end up seeing these edges here inside the illustration window, do your best to ignore those. Also, by the way, we don't need any surface shading and we don't need to take advantage of any additional options; this is perfectly fine. So once you've entered these values, 20, -29, and -6, as well as 100 degrees for the Perspective, go ahead and click OK in order to apply those settings to the text. So just to give you a sense of what a tremendous difference this has made, this is the Before version of the text and this is the After version.

Now let's turn our attention to the crest up here at the top. You'll notice that I created some dimension in the background in advance. So all we need to do is rotate the forward crest into place. I'll go ahead and click on that crest in order to select it. We're not seeing the selection edges of course because they're hidden. If you want to confirm that yes indeed this forward path outline is selected, you can press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac to see the selection edges; but I recommend you then press Ctrl+H or Command+H again in order to hide them so you can better see what you're doing as you apply the 3D rotation.

The next step is to go up to the Effect menu and choose that second command at the top of the list, Rotate... in order to bring back your last applied settings. I'll then go ahead and dial in some new numbers this time around. So I want the X value to be 37 degrees, I'll change the Y value to -25 degrees, and I'll change the Z value to -14 degrees. A Perspective value of 100 degrees is just fine. Turn on the Preview checkbox and you should see that crest snap into place.

Then go ahead and click on the OK button in order to apply that change. And that's it folks. I'll go ahead and zoom out a little bit here and I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen mode. And that is the final version of the artwork, created not only using the 3D Rotate Effect, but also dare I say, a dizzying array of blends and clipping masks here inside Illustrator.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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