Join Angie Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating live 3D effects, part of Animated Character Design with Illustrator.
Okay, so I've almost finished my character ready for animating in After Effects. …But I need to make a hammer, for him to hold in his hand. …And rather than try and draw it to look three-dimensional, I'm going to actually …make a three-dimensional hammer, and then apply some effects to it, to make it look …a bit more cartoony. So I'm going to go into my effect menu …and into 3D and extrude and bevel. And if I click on preview you'll see what …it does. It extrudes my circle and gives it some depth.…
Now I'm going to change the rotation settings. …I don't want it to be rotating on the X axis or the zed axis but only on the Y axis. …And I know from a bit of experimentation that a value of 70 gets it at roughly the …right angle as if he's looking at it while he's hitting something on the wall. …And that's just through trial and error that I discovered that. …I'm also going to bring down the extrusion depth rather, to 35, and that …will just reduce the fatness of it, if you like.…
Make it a little less flat. In fact, 30 is probably enough, so let's …
- Setting up the work area
- Bringing artwork into Illustrator
- Tracing artwork manually
- Creating complex shapes
- Working with paths
- Using Live Trace
- Coloring artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Exporting artboards
- Options for saving files
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1. Setting Up the Work Area
2. Bringing Artwork into Illustrator
3. Tracing Artwork Manually
4. Creating Complex Shapes
5. Working with Paths
6. Using Live Trace
7. Coloring Artwork
8. Applying 3D Effects
Creating live 3D effects11m 31s
9. Finishing Touches
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