How to Make a 3D Tube Text Effect in Illustrator

How to Make a 3D Tube Text Effect in Illustrator

3D Effects in Illustrator

There are so many tools in Illustrator that designers don't really use — maybe because they don't need them, but I might guess there's also an element of the unknown. Today I'll show you how you can easily create a 3D tube effect in Illustrator using a simple path and the not-often-used Blend Tool. Although this effect can be used along any path, for this tutorial we'll focus on how to apply this 3D effect to a hand made text path to create an eye catching effect.​

Step 1

Open Illustrator and make a new file at any size you want. In this case, I will setup mine at 1800 x 1200 px.

Step 2

Select the Ellipse Tool (L). Be sure to set the fill to "gradient" and the stroke set to none.

Step 3

Draw a circle.

Step 4

Go to Window > Gradient and set any color you want for your gradient. In this case, I will setup mine from #c94b4b to #4b134f.

Step 5

With the circle selected, press Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+F to paste it in the same place.

Step 6

Drag the pasted circle to the right while holding the Shift key on your keyboard as shown.

Step 7

Select the Blend Tool (W) and click once over the first circle and then once over the second circle.

Step 8

Go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Set the Spacing to "Specified Steps", the number of steps to 900 and click OK.

Step 9

Using the Pen or Pencil Tool draw a path with your text. In this case, i will simply write "feel".

Step 10

To finish the effect, press Ctrl+A on your keyboard in order to select all and then go to Object > Blend > Replace Spine to apply the 3D effect to the path.


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