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Add Text on 3D Shape in Adobe Illustrator

Text on 3D Shape in Adobe Illustrator

To begin, we will delve into the creation of 3D shapes using Illustrator’s shape tools and effects. By combining and manipulating basic shapes, we can construct a variety of 3D objects such as cubes, spheres, or cylinders. These shapes will serve as the foundation onto which we will add our text.

We will explore techniques for adding text to the 3D shapes. Illustrator offers various options for creating 3D text, allowing you to customize the font, size, and orientation of the text to suit your design needs. We will also experiment with different shading and lighting effects to enhance the 3D appearance of the text on the shapes, making them visually appealing and realistic.

We will focus on manipulating the text to conform to the contours of the 3D shapes. By utilizing Illustrator’s warp and distort tools, we can shape the text to follow the curves and angles of the 3D objects, ensuring a seamless integration between the text and the shapes. This technique adds a sense of cohesion and professionalism to our designs.

Throughout the tutorial, clear and concise instructions will be accompanied by illustrative screenshots, enabling you to easily follow along and visualize each step of the process. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a solid understanding of how to add text on 3D shapes in Adobe Illustrator, and you will be able to apply this knowledge to various design projects, such as logos, illustrations, or visual presentations.

Whether you want to create impactful 3D typography or add informative labels to your 3D product designs, incorporating text onto 3D shapes in Illustrator opens up a world of creative possibilities. So, let your imagination soar and let’s embark on this journey to master the art of adding text on 3D shapes in Adobe Illustrator.

Many times you have learned to create different types of 3D shapes and 3D effects but in today’s tutorial, you will learn to add text on a 3D shape.
Text on 3D Shape in Adobe Illustrator
Adding text on a 3D shape is different from creating a 3D text effect. Let’s see how it is done-

Step 1

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now we will create our text box. For that go to the Tool Panel and select the Rectangle Tool. Draw a square on the artboard of the size of which you want to create your text box.
Draw a square
Now select the Type Tool and create a paragraph type box inside the square shape.
Create paragraph type box inside the square

Step 2

You can edit the text inside the paragraph. Select the default text in the paragraph type box and hit backspace. Now you can type your own text.
Edit text inside the rectangle
Once the text box is ready we will add it as a symbol. Open the Symbols Panel and then select the rectangle and the text and drag them to the Symbols Panel.
When you will drag the selection to the Symbols Panel, the Symbol Options dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, you can give a name to your symbol and then click OK.
Save the text box as Symbol

Step 3

After saving the symbol, we will create a 3D shape. Again select the Rectangle Tool and draw a square.
Select the square and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on 3D and select Extrude & Bevel.
Select Extrude and Bevel to create a 3D shape
3D Extrude & Bevel Options dialogue box will appear on the artboard. In that dialogue box, put a checkmark on Preview and then increase the Extrude Depth. If you wish you can manually rotate the 3D shape.
Increase the extrude depth of the 3D shape

Step 4

Now click on Map Art and a new dialogue box will appear. In that Map Art dialogue box, click on the drop-down button of Symbol and select the new symbol added.
Select new added symbol from the Map Art Menu
Select the surface and place the Symbol.
Place the text symbol on 3D shape
Place the symbol on all three sides and your text in 3D shape in Adobe Illustrator is ready.
Text on 3D Shape in Adobe Illustrator
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