3-D Billiard Ball Tutorial

This an adaption of the 3-D Peelings tutorial. It uses the same steps and methods. This can be used for both striped/solid colored balls.

What You’ll Be Making:

Tools:

• Illustrator
• 3-D Revolve
• Map Art
• Symbols

Steps:

1. A. Create a perfect circle using the Ellipse Tool (L).

B. Select its most left/right anchor point.

C. Click delete to remove the anchor point to form a semi-circle.

2. A. With the shape selected, go to Effect>3D>Revolve.

B. An options window show pop up.

C. Since the lightning and coloring is not where we need it, me must change it on our own.

D. Click More Options if you haven’t done so already. Change the surface to Diffuse Shading, the Ambient Light to 30%, and the blend steps to 100. Also add a new light button under the 3-D Sphere widget. Drag the lights all the way diagonally across on the sphere.

3. A. Leave away the circle for now. Draw a grid of 6×12 square grid (this matches the Map Art grid).

B. Draw a rectangle and make it as large ass the grid for a solid colored ball or about 2×12 for a striped-colored ball.

C. Draw a white circle in the center of the rectangle and make it about 1.5×1.5 squares large.

D. Use the type tool to create some numbers and choose a font like Arial. Type out a number and make it start from 9 to 15 for stripes or 1 to 8 for solids.

For stripes, make sure to also draw white rectangles that are as large as the red rectangle. Make sure that combined, they don’t exceed the grid size of 6×12 squares.

4. A. When you have your symbol ready, delete the grid since you don’t need it anymore.

B. Open up your symbol window by going to Window>Symbols. Drag all of your symbol together into the symbol window space. An options window will pop up. Name it anything then click OK.

C. You will now see a new symbol inside the symbol window. Now you’re ready for the next step.

5. A. Select the sphere again and click the 3-D effect inside of the Appearance window so that we can alter it some more. Click the Map Art button when the options window opens up.

B. Click the symbol drop-down menu and select the symbol we’ve previously created. The symbol will automatically be placed dead-center.

C. Click Scale to Fit to fill up all of the grid. This is what we wanted to happen. Make sure to also check the box for shade artwork.

6. A. Take time to drag around the cube (it won’t change the lighting) but will change the position of the symbol graphic.

B. Now click OK to have your new billiard ball 3-d graphic.

I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new.