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How to create 3D letter in Adobe Illustrator?

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

In previous few tutorials you had learned to create 3D Typography with the help of Blend Tool but in today’s tutorial we will create 3D letter without use of Blend Tool.

The 3D letter will be created with the help of Type Tool and Shape Builder Tool.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator


Let’s begin with the tutorial. Firstly, launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document.  Now follow the below steps-

Step 1

Select the Type Tool and click on the artboard. Now type the letter M.

The font size is 320pt and the font type is Microsoft Sans Serif.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

We will make the letter editable and for that we will click on Create Outlines Button in the Properties Panel.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

Select the letter M and with the help of Alt Key create a duplicate copy of the letter and place it as shown in the below image.

To differentiate both the letters I have changed their fill color.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

Select both the letters and press Ctrl + Y to activate the Outline Mode.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

The Outline Mode will provide a proper view and will help in combining the shapes with the help of Shape Builder Tool.

But before that we will divide the shapes. Select the letters and go the Pathfinder Panel and select Divide.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

After dividing the shapes, Ungroup them.

Step 3

Let all the shapes be selected and click on Shape Builder Tool in the Tool Panel.

With the help of Shape Builder Tool add the shapes as shown in the below images-

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

Step 4

Again press Ctrl + Y to deactivate the Outline Mode.

Now select the individual shapes and fill them with colors.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

The shapes filled with black color will be filled with color code #be1e2d and the shapes filled with grey color will be filled by color code # 8f1622.

The stroke color will be white.

3D letter in Adobe Illustrator

This is how you can create 3D letter in Adobe Illustrator without Blend Tool or 3D effect.

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