Illustrator 3D Text Effects
When you think about making a 3D Text effect, your first thought might be to make it in Photoshop. But this effect can also be made in Illustrator, and sometimes faster and easier than in Photoshop! Today, I will show you how easily you can make what seems to be a complex 3D Text Effect in Illustrator using nothing but the default tools.
Open Illustrator and make a new file at any size you want. In this case I will make mine at 1800 x 1200 px.
Select the Type Tool (T) and type your first word. I will simply write "lorem" using the Heavitas font.
Now, type your second word apart from the first one. I will type "ipsum" using the Heavitas font.
Select the Ellipse Tool (U) and draw a circle in the middle of your artboard.
Select the Knife Tool and cut the circle into 2 shapes as shown.
Select the bottom part and move it down a bit to make a visible separation between the shapes.
Select your first text (in this case "Lorem") and while holding the Shift key on your keyboard select the top part of the cutted shape.
Go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object.
Now select your second text, hold the Shift key and select the bottom part of your shape.
Again, go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Top Object.
Go to Select > All, then go to Object > Expand and click OK in the Expand window.
With all elements selected go to Object > Group.
Go to Edit > Copy and the to Edit > Paste in Place.
Go to Object > Transform > Scale. Apply the following settings and click OK.
Pick a darker color for the smaller text and go to Object > Arrange > Send to Back.
Select all the elements and go to Object > Blend > Blend Options. Apply the following settings and click OK.
Lastly, to finish the effect go to Object > Blend > Make.