Creating a 3D Effect in Adobe Illustrator
Begin by selecting the Type tool and typing the word “3D”. Assign a bright red color to the letters. Convert the text to outlines under Type > Create Outlines.
Copy the text you just created and paste it on top of the first set of letters. Adjust the color so it is a darker shade of the color used for the first letters.
With the darker set of letters selected, go to Object > Arrange > Send to Back. This will move the darker letters behind the original letters. You can start to see the three-dimension effect taking shape. Position the letters so they are slightly to the right and lower than the top letters. This will simulate depth and create the illusion that a light source is shining on the letters from the upper right.
Now you need to clean up the background letters by pulling up the corners (using the Direct Selection tool) to the corners of the top layer letters. Carefully position the points exactly beneath the top later points. This will complete the illusion of depth and mass for the letters.
Complete the artwork by adjusting the angle of the letters with the Rotation tool to create a floating effect. Add a burst to the background to enhance the overall composition.