Illustrator Tutorial: 3D text effect on a grid

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial we will create a futuristic text effect using a free font from the Action fonts website and a few effects available in adobe Illustrator itself. For this tutorial we have used the “Spacebar” font available for download at the following link. http://www.actionfonts.com/details/Spacebar

Lets begin.

 Step 1: Create a new document.

Create a new document in Illustrator with the following specifications. You can use any other filesize you wish as well, however the size of the effects will change accordingly.

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Step 2: Create a background.

Create a background exactly the same size as the file size, by clicking the rectangle tool and creating the rectangle from one end of the background to the other.

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Step 3: Fill a gradient.

Next we fill the rectangle created earlier with a gradient. By using the Gradient fill panel on the right. In case you do not see it go up to window->Gradient. Select a Linear type with 90 degrees angle and white and black tones as displayed below.

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Step 4: Create Grid background.

Now we create a grid background by using the Rectangular Grid Tool, which can be accessed by keeping the Line tool icon pressed. Use the following settings for the Rectangular Grids.

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Step 5: Select a neutral colour.

Select the grid and select a neutral gray tint for it, by using the color selection box on the main toolbar.

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Step 6: Rotate the grid.

Now we will apply rotation to the grid by selecting the grid, and going up to Effect->3D->Rotate and use the following angle and perspective options.

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Step 7: Resize grid.

Now we need to click on the Selection tool, and resize the grid horizontally so that it fits the left and right sides of the file completely. You will need to organically resize it to fit.

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Step 8: Create Another Rectangle.

Now create another rectangle, with the same size as the previous one, covering the whole canvas, and give it a gradient by using the following settings.

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Step 9: Clipping mask.

Now select all the objects on the file by using the Select tool and dragging a selection across the canvas. And go up to Object->Clipping mask->Make. This will create a cut-out of the grid exactly the same size as our canvas.

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The end result should look like this.

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Step 10: Create Text and 3D rotate.

Next we create text using the free font we downloaded from the www.actionfonts.com website, place it in between the canvas and select a Blue tint for it. We will now go up to Effect->3D-3D Extrude & Bevel, and give the following angle, depth, prespective, and surface shading options given below.

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The end result should look like this.

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Step 11: Create another rectangle.

Create another rectangle the third time, give it a dark blue tone, right-click on it and select Arrange->Send to Back. This will send the object behind all the other objects.

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Step 12: Change blending mode.

Now with the new rectangle selected, click on Opacity in the Appearance panel on the right, to open the following dialogue box and select Color Dodge as the blending mode.

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Step 13: Outer glow

Now select the text layer and go up to Effect->Stylize->Outer Glow. Select a contrasting colour in the colour option, and change the blending mode to screen.

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And we are done!

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This effect adds a depth to the text and creates a 3D effect which adds a solid look to it. Try different angles and perspectives to change the effect dramatically. Just remember to replicate the angle and perspective settings in the background grid AND the text to match the layers.

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