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3D/Revolve Tutorial

You might have noticed that there are 3D effects built-in Illustrator. 3 of these 3D effects are: Extrude&Bevel, Revolve, and Rotate. I’ll teach you to use the funnest of them all: the Revolve Effect.

Prerequisites: Illustrator CS3/4/5          Some experience with Illustrator

About: In this tutorial,  I’ll help you construct a 3-D pawn chess piece.


1. A. Start with simple shapes, a basic circle perhaps. B. Now make other smaller circles near it, trying to construct its “arms” and “legs.”

2. A. Now try to draw lines around the circles to make its body curvy. B. Use pathfinder or the Shape Builder tool (preferable in this case) to  add the shapes together meanwhile removing the excess part on the bottom if you’re following by the pictures exactly.

3. Fix up points around the edges so they’re all crisp and clean and curvy.

4. A. Drag out another copy of this half-finished pawn. B. Also, add a different color to this copy so you can tell apart for the next time.

5. A. Drag the copy behind the original but make it so it’s overlapping the edges. B. Be sure to send the copy to the back of the original.

6. Use Pathfinder/Shape Builder to cut out the excess parts; we only need to overlapped part.

7. A. Drag a copy of this new object. B. Now go to Effect>3D>Revolve…

8. You will get the default setting for Revolve Effect but you can play around with options if you want. If you click preview, you can see what your object will look like, revolved.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and produced an object similar to mine.

Also: Here are some other things I revolved.

Update 2

Sorry hat I haven’t posted in a while but I will make it up.

ZIPBUDS: So you’ve probably heard that I helped with the ZipBuds ad if you’ve read the Mac Lab post a week ago. I did help in a small part (helping make 3-D version of a company’s  icon vector file). I was asked if I could manage it to make a 3-D Extruded ZipBud icon by Steven Moyer  (alum). Though it was tricky to bypass the grey boxes you get from glows/effects, I saved day by using clipping masks. Phillip also tried to do an extruded Zipbud but failed (again grey boxes from Zipbuds) but he manage to make a good psd version. Either way, Steven Moyer still had a hard time impelling 3-D objects into Aftereffects so you won’t see it in the ad.

I didn’t just helped with the icon dilemma. I also helped in the practice shootings for the commercial in the Summer and the start of Spring semester. It was really fun shooting those silly scenes at school. At lunch time, we ate mostly pizza or just go to Alberto’s.

ELAC: I was also tasked with doing a poster and logo for  English Learner Advisory Council. Since I didn’t choose the job, only assigned, I procrastinated a lot (2 weeks) till I managed to make something good.  Just making a logo for something related to english learners was tricky enough.

DEVIANTART: I made my icons available to download on DeviantArt and I was slightly surprised by the outcome. Currently, each of my four icons (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Waterfox) averaging 50 70 downloads each. But I also fixed my icon shelves so it’s symmetrical horizontally and vertically. Download if you wish by clicking this link to my DeviantArt page.

The Icon Package

I finally manage to settle on a presentation design for my browser. They will all share the same layout and I hope to have them available to download on Friday through DeviantArt.

EDIT: Made some changes and posted the Safari icon on DeviantArt. I will upload other icons soon.

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