Graphic design tutorial – Isometric Letters in Adobe Illustrator

Hello designers, welcome to Isoflat tutorials.
In today’s video we’re going to learn how to create isometric letters
in an interesting way. We’re going to add them depth, keeping their wireframe and
combine them in a visually appealing illustration. So, if you want to know how
it’s made follow along this tutorial. [ ISOFLAT.COM ] We have prepared a great color palette that we’ll use for this illustration. Ok, let’s move the colors down. You can find the HEX color values in the description. Create a rectangle of 1920×1080 pixels, the same size as the artboard to create the background of our illustration and lock the layer. Select the Type tool, type A and enlarge the letter, pressing Shift at the same time. We’re
going to use just uppercase letters. Pick a bold font, preferable a Sans-Serif font, like Circular Book. There are a plenty other font options such as Futura,
Helvetica or Proxima Nova. Duplicate the letter, change it’s color to white and go to Object → Expand. Then, go to 3D → Extrude and Bevel. Play a bit with the isometric projection in order to choose the right one. We picked the Isometric Right with the Isometric Depth value of of 160. After you’re finished, go again to Object → Expand Appearance, then Ungroup our new object. Now, select the sides of our isometric letter and color them as you like. Group the sides by pressing Control + G and center the object. Duplicate the letter by pressing Alt key and set the stroke to 1 point. Un-group the object and adjust the wireframe in order to look good and aligned. Place it right on top of our already colored letter, adjusting it at the right angle. Increase the stroke value by 2 points, the wireframe looks better this way. That’s it for the letter A, we continue to letter R, following the same method. We need one more letter, right? Let’s transform letter X too. Ok, now that we have our three letters, let’s add them some extra details. Draw a circle and go to 3D → Extrude and Bevel. This way, we’re going to create some connectors. Play with their shape and recolor them as you like. If you follow the isometric perspective, the elements will have a realistic touch. Most designers opt to use isometric letters with various elements that look real in combination with bright color schemes. This thing can be an attention-grabbing combination for users. The first part of the tutorial is ready. Let’s download the isometric grid from Isoflat website to follow the second part of the tutorial. [ ISOFLAT.COM ] Place it on your artboard and lock the layer. A major advantage that grids give us is that we can edit perfectly in isometric view, without worrying we’re not using the right angle. Grab the pen tool and set the stroke to one point. Use straight lines to join the letters and elements that follow the grid pattern. Use the Direct selection tool to adjust the lines easier. Ok, now the A and R letters are linked. It’s time to draw another letter, this time an O. Follow the exact same steps before to create depth and wireframe. Play with the elements as much as you like. We’re going to link the R and O letters now. It’s time to draw the F letter, same as before, to complete the illustration. After that, adjust the letters and link them to each other to create continuity. With a little inspiration, you can create amazing, more complex, isometric drawings. There are other methods to achieve the same result. This type of illustration could be obtained only with the help of the isometric grid. After experimenting with several methods, we found this one to be the quickest. The extrude and bevel effect can save you a lot of time designing custom isometric letters. In fact, isometric design has a very strict set of rules when it comes to what goes where. It takes so much time to make isometric drawings by yourself on paper. Fortunately, Adobe Illustrator have the best shortcuts. That’s it. Here is the finished look of our isometric letters illustration. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you for watching! Let us know what you think about today’s tutorial in the comment section below. Subscribe to Isoflat, to keep in touch with the latest tutorials and tips, like and share this video. Until the next time!

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