Creating 3D Text in Adobe® Illustrator®
Very simple techniques with fonts can result in fun and creative designs. In this workshop, a layered text image will be created using just a few simple techniques and color changes. Begin by typing a word in a font of your choice. In this example, the font is Bangers.
Now you need to convert the object fro the text to an outlined shape. Click on the word and then go to Type > Create Outlines. The word should now be converted to outlined shapes. Now click on each individual shape or letter and move it a bit to make the composition more playful.
Change the default color of the shapes to a color of your liking. In this example, a blue-to-white gradient is set at 90 degrees.
For these next steps, only one command will be used: Offset Path. Duplicate copies of your original shape which will give the shape dimensionality and interest. First, select all the shapes. Next, go to Object > Path > Offset Path. In the settings, click the preview box and experiment with the offset settings until you’re happy with the results. Click OK. Then click the offset letters and give them a solid fill color.
Now, select the shapes that you just offset and move them a bit-up, down or to the left or right-to create a thick-thin look to your art. When you’re happy with the adjustment, select the outside shapes and apply the Offset Path command again, using the same settings.
Nudge or move this new offset path and change the color to enhance the contrast of the shapes. At this stage, your object should be starting to take on a 3D look. Continue using the Offset Path command and changing the colors of the new paths as they are created.
This is a simple technique that can create dramatic results!