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Illustrator Time Savers: Adding Dimensionality with 3D Effects

Claudia McCue looks at some key applications in Adobe Illustrator which can add dimensionality to shapes.

1. Introduction (2:03)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction (2:03) 2:03 FREE!
  2. Extrude & Bevel (4:10) 4:10 FREE!
  3. Path to Custom Bevels (2:54) 2:54 FREE!
  4. Creating Custom Bevels (3:03) 3:03 FREE!
  5. Applying Custom Bevels (2:27) 2:27 FREE!
  6. Maintaining Spot Color Content (2:45) 2:45 FREE!
  7. Rotate (2:56) 2:56 FREE!
  8. Revolve (2:29) 2:29 FREE!
  9. Decorating 3D Shapes (5:59) 5:59 FREE!
  10. To Expand or Not to Expand? (2:06) 2:06 FREE!
  11. Summary (1:14) 1:14 FREE!

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Though not a 3D-imaging program per se, Adobe Illustrator has a number of cool features with which you can add dimensionality to shapes. Claudia McCue looks at some key applications of the Extrude & Bevel, Rotate, and Revolve features in CS4, which grant objects depth and added perspective. In addition to demonstrating 3D techniques, she gives crucial advice to help you avoid common pitfalls.


Claudia McCue
Claudia McCue is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, and graphic arts production specialist. Combining more than 20 years of real-world production experience—from old-style mechanicals through early electronic prepress to today's Mac- and PC-based systems—she specializes in teaching both creative and production professionals.

Claudia is the author of Real World Print Production (Peachpit Press, 2006), a contributor to InDesign Magazine, Dynamic Graphics Magazine, and HOW Magazine, and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. She is the presenter for the video training series "Adobe CS3 Print Workflow" from Total Training. She is an Adobe Certified Instructor for Photoshop, Acrobat, and InDesign. When she's not in front of the computer, she can be found swooping down country roads on her motorcycle.