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How to draw a 3D cube in Adobe Illustrator?


3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s tutorial we will create a 3D Cube in Adobe Illustrator without the help of 3D effect. We will use the shape tool and transform panel to create a 3D Cube in Adobe Illustrator.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now select the Rectangle Tool from the Tool Panel and draw a rectangle.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Go to the Transform Panel and enter the value of Angle of Shear and Angle of Rotation as (-) 20o.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Now select the rectangle, which we have transformed in the first step, and click on Object in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Transform and select Reflect.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

When you will select Reflect, a dialogue box will appear. In that dialogue box click on Copy and a copy of the selected rectangle will be created as its reflection.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Drag and place the reflected rectangle next to the first rectangle. (See in the below image)

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Step 3

Now draw a square with the help of Shape Tool and place it above the rectangles in such a way that the center point of the square is at point where the two corners of the rectangles are meeting.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Select the square and rotate it to 315o.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

With the help of Direct Selection Tool we will join the corners of the square with the top corners of the rectangles.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator


Step 4

You can see the cube shape is almost formed but we will add a little more to it.

Make a duplicate copy of the top layer of the cube and place it at bottom. (See in the below image)

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Color the Cube

Now we will color the cube. We will use the Gradient to fill the color to make the cube look more realistic.

3D cube in Adobe Illustrator

Practice by following the above steps of drawing a 3D Cube in Adobe Illustrator and write your views in the comment section. Also share this tutorial with others.


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