In this course, you'll learn how to create isometric text in Illustrator, step by step. You can use any type you like in these 3D isometric text effects in Illustrator.
Watch the Full Isometric Type Effect in Adobe Illustrator Course
What You'll Learn
- How to create isometric text in Illustrator
- How to build an Illustrator isometric grid
- 2D Illustrator text effects to build 3D isometric text
What You'll Need
Here's what we'll use in this isometric text demonstration:
Keep in mind, when creating your isometric text, Illustrator can use any font of your choosing. The concepts behind creating these Illustrator text effects are universal—use this font if you'd like to replicate the same result, or mix it up with your own font choice.
About Your Instructor
As a designer, I love to share my experience and to help aspiring creatives develop their skills.
Ready to get started? Jump to content in this section:
1. Intro to How to Create Isometric Text in Illustrator
1.1 Welcome to the Course
When it comes to isometric text, Illustrator can be a powerful tool. You can create a variety of other text effects in Illustrator too—and the skills you learn in this course could work in a variety of design situations! Ready to dig in and explore how to create isometric text in Illustrator?
"By the end of this course, you'll be able to take any font and any word and create this effect yourself."
2. How to Set Up Illustrator for Isometric Text Effects
2.1 How to Set Up an Illustrator Project
First things first, we'll walk through creating a new document, in this lesson. Tune in to get started with the basics for this project in Adobe Illustrator.
You're also going to need to choose a font for your isometric text effect design. We'll walk through installing a new font for our project in this lesson. Here's the font we'll use in this course:
However, you can use any font of your choice. If you're looking for more fonts, you can always check out the library of fonts on Envato Elements too! There are thousands to choose from.
Need some extra help installing fonts? Here are some helpful tutorials if you find yourself needing a hand:
3. How to Design on an Illustrator Isometric Grid
3.1 How to Set Up an Isometric Grid in Illustrator
So how do we create an isometric grid in Illustrator? It's not as complicated as you might think. In this lesson, we'll walk through setting one up in our workspace, step by step.
Curious about isometric art in Adobe Illustrator and what else you could do with an isometric grid? Here are some additional walkthroughs you might want to check out:
- How to Draw Isometric Art in IllustratorJonathan Lam03 May 2019
- How to Make Isometric Art Food Icons in Adobe IllustratorDiana Toma12 Jun 2019
3.2 How to Make the Text Isometric in Illustrator
Next, it's time to start working with our text. Remember, you can use any font you prefer for this process, but we'll be using the sans serif font Indigo.
Here's a preview of some of the process we'll follow, starting with some simple text and then pushing the aesthetic further:
And here's why that isometric grid is so helpful—it's the perfect guide to get our isometric text effect to look just right! Ready to dig into this lesson and try it out for yourself?
4. How to Design 3D Isometric Text Effects in Illustrator
4.1 How to Add Layers and Color in Illustrator
In this lesson, we'll experiment with layers, color, and other tools we can use to give our isometric text depth. Effects like the 3D Extrude and Bevel Options can help us more easily achieve more complicated effects.
Using layers, we can Duplicate and Arrange our content to create a colorful effect, packed with visible depth. Take a look at the difference these techniques can make!
4.2 How to Add Shadows in Illustrator
A change in color here creates an interesting sense of depth, but let's push it further. In this next lesson, we'll add shadows to our work to bring the aesthetic together. There's a ton you can achieve with gradients in Adobe Illustrator, and we'll explore just that.
Take a look at the difference adding shadows makes to our isometric text effect. It's a pretty dramatic addition, and it really adds a lot of depth!
Want to learn more about working with gradients in Adobe Illustrator? Check out this helpful tutorial for even more info:
4.3 How to Use Freeform Gradients in Illustrator
Freeform gradients can be used to create really interesting effects too! Tune into this lesson, and we'll create some highlights in our work. Freeform Gradients will help add some additional lighting considerations to the top of our isometric text.
Here's a sneak peek at how worthwhile those final refinements are—those highlights add a perfect level of polish to finish off our text effect. The best part is, this is a simple technique to master. Ready to give it a try?
5. Your Completed Illustrator Isometric Text Effect
5.1 Our Completed Isometric Text Effects in Illustrator
Congratulations! You've created an isometric text effect in Adobe Illustrator! Here's a look at our result—but keep in mind, your work could include any text and any font you prefer!
Create Even More Text Effects in Adobe Illustrator
While we explored isometric text, Illustrator can do much more. Check out these other Illustrator text effect tutorials on Envato Tuts+. There are so many more awesome text effects in Illustrator to explore!
- How to Create a Pop Art Text Effect in IllustratorAndrei Marius05 Oct 2022
- How to Create a Bones Text Effect in Adobe IllustratorAndrei Marius28 Oct 2022
- How to Create a Comic Book Text Effect in IllustratorAndrei Marius07 Jul 2022
- How to Create a Blueprint Text Effect in Adobe IllustratorAndrei Marius19 Feb 2022
Learn More About Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is a powerful tool with tons of options and possibilities. Learn more about Illustrator here on Envato Tuts+. There are so many awesome video tutorials to check out. Why not watch another one today?
Or, if you prefer written tutorials, check out these awesome Illustrator walkthroughs. You can learn everything from Illustrator basics to advanced techniques. There's no better time to learn more about Illustrator than right now!
- A Huge Compilation of 40 Free Illustrator BrushesSonali Vora19 Jun 2022
- How to Remove the Perspective Grid in IllustratorAndrei Marius02 Oct 2022
- How to Add Outer Glow in IllustratorJonathan Lam23 Oct 2022
- What Is Isolation Mode in Illustrator?Andrei Marius29 Oct 2022
- How to Deselect in IllustratorAndrei Marius10 Oct 2022
- How to Underline Text in IllustratorAndrei Marius01 Oct 2022