Illustrator extras

Add depth to any shape

 

Draw a shape. Select it.

Effect > 3 D > Extrude & Bevel...

 

Once the window pops up:

1. Check Preview button

2. Set the depth of your object. You can use the slider or just type in a number.

3. Depending on what look you want to achieve - selecta surface for your form. In my example I used Plastic Shading for colored form and Wireframe for the last image.

4. You can totate the position of the object.

 

Depth or position in space (rotation)

 

If you want to add fust a little thickness to your shape 0 set the depth to 2-5 pt.

If you want to rotate your shape in space without adding depth (image 3) use:

Effect > 3 D > Rotate

 

 

You can also add Perspective effect to make it more realistic.

Revolving forms

You can revolve shapes around their right or left side.

Plan ahead and create a shape that is a "half" of the form you want to end up with.

(For a cone - draw triangle, for a sphere - draw half of a circle, etc...)

 

If you want a full rotation: set Revolve setting to 360

Choose left or right enge to revolve around.

 

  left edge
right edge right edge, angle 330

 

 

This is what it looks if you add a STROKE to your shape.

Graphs

You can use graph tools to create variety of graphs.

 

These are the tools

This example:

Use Pie Graph tool

Drag a circle. A table will pop up.

Enter your data

Click Apply button

After it's done - you can apply a color to each shape.

You can also apply a 3 D effect.

 

 

Here is a link to a great tutorial on graphs and other shapes:

http://designmodo.com/create-infographics-illustrator/

 

Symbols and Dingbats

 

Use graphics from Symbols palette (Window > Symbols). View more options at Symbols Library.
Use graphics from dingbats and wingdings fonts.

 


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