30 Minutes to Custom 3D Split Text Vector Effect!

3D Split Text Vector Effect
Take your text art for a spin with this split 3D split text vector effect. Add dimension to your work in as quick as 20 minutes with this tutorial!


 
 

Tutorial Details: 3D Split Text Vector Effect

  • Program: Adobe Illustrator CC 2014
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Topics Covered: Text Effect, Extrude & Bevel, Gradients
  • Estimated Completion Time: 20 Minutes

Final Image: 3D Split Text Vector Effect

3D Split Text Vector Effect

Step 1: 3D Split Text Vector Effect

Start your 3D split text vector effect with a New Document created in Adobe Illustrator CC. Use the Type Tool (T) to write out a word or a couple letters. I’ve used the font Nexa Bold for my design.

3D split text vector effect

Step 2

Expand the text into an object and Ungroup the letters. I’m going to start with the letter “S”.

3D split text vector effect

Step 3

Overlap half of the S with a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool (M). Hit Divide in the Pathfinder panel. Ungroup and delete the non-S shapes. Your S will be in two pieces now.

3D split text vector effect

Step 4

Select the bottom of the S and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel. Apply the following attributes:

  • X-Axis: -39°
  • Y-Axis: 44°
  • Z-Axis: -33°
  • Extrude Depth: 50 pt

3D split text vector effect

Step 5

Select the top portion of the S and enter the following attributes to Extrude & Bevel:

  • X-Axis: -25°
  • Y-Axis: 34°
  • Z-Axis: -21°
  • Extrude Depth: 50 pt

3D split text vector effect

Step 6

Expand both of your 3D split text vector effect objects.

3D split text vector effect

Step 7

Ungroup both 3D split text vector effect letter halves. Select the front face of both sections and set it to a darker fill color. These shapes will remain flat. Lock both of these shapes in the Layers panel.

3D split text vector effect

Step 8

Select and Unite each plane’s shape. Not counting the front face of either section, the top of the S has two planes while the bottom has four. Apply a Linear Gradient to each plane with the Gradient Tool (G) and adjust the angle of the gradient in the Gradient panel. Underneath the top of the S, draw a solid triangle that serves as a cast shadow onto the bottom of the S.

I drew my shadow shape with the Pen Tool (P).

3D split text vector effect

Step 9

I’ve decided to add more contrast to my 3D split text vector effect design by setting the front face of my S to teal.

3D split text vector effect

Step 10

Continue Uniting each plane and applying a Linear Gradient to each. Note how the top edges of the bottom of the S are flat fill colors. Group (Control-G) all of your split S components.

3D split text vector effect

Step 11

Let’s move on to a different letter. I chose a P since its shape works well with this particular text effect. Divide the Exanded letter object and delete any non-letter components.

3D split text vector effect

Step 12

Choose a bright color for your 3D split text vector effect design. Once again, I chose teal. Extrude the bottom of the P with the following attributes:

  • X-Axis: -23°
  • Y-Axis: -35°
  • Z-Axis: 12°
  • Extrude Depth: 50 pt

3D split text vector effect

Step 13

Apply an Extrude effect to the top of the P with the following attributes:

  • X-Axis: -17°
  • Y-Axis: 20°
  • Z-Axis: -6°
  • Extrude Depth: 50 pt

Expand and Ungroup your letter components

3D split text vector effect

Step 14

Once again, you’ll be Uniting your letter’s individual plane components in the Pathfinder panel. The top of the P has three planes to unite. The bottom of the P has only two.

3D split text vector effect

Step 15

Apply Linear Gradients onto the outer planes of the letter P. Adjust the angles of the gradients with the Gradient Tool.

3D split text vector effect

Step 16

Finally, after applying gradients to the planes on the bottom section of the P, draw overlapping triangle shapes with the Pen Tool. Use the Shape Builder Tool to delete any non-intersecting components of the triangular shapes from the body of the design.

3D split text vector effect

Conclusion: 3D Split Text Vector Effect

Great job! Now that you’ve modified a couple different 3D split text vector effect letters, try out your name, business’s logo, or the entire alphabet! Share your results in the comment section below with your own spin on this text effect.

3D split text vector effect

Author: Mary Winkler

Mary works under the brand Acrylicana® designing apparel, jewelry, and illustrating for companies like Disney, Jakks Pacific, Envato, and more. Check out Acrylicana.com for more artwork, tutorials, and more.

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7 thoughts on “30 Minutes to Custom 3D Split Text Vector Effect!

  1. Can you create more tutorials about isometric elements ready for use in infographic? I mean some non-standard shape not like buildings. I would be really appreciate. :)

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