Create a 3D object Using Revolve in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. This tutorial will show you how to make a three-dimensional object using "Revolve" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7.
You should already have Illustrator open and a document ready. For instructions on how to open a document, please view our other Adobe Illustrator tutorials.
Then, you need to create or select a shape that you want to make in three dimensions. You can select stroke and fill colors. For this tutorial, a shape is created by using "Pencil Tool".
Click the black arrow, "Selection Tool", at the top-left side of the vertical toolbar.
Use "Selection Tool" to select the object. You can use different selection tools if you are working with more complicated shapes. A blue frame will appear around the object, letting you know that the object is selected and can be edited.
Click "Effect" at the top of the window.
Then, move the cursor to "3D" in the drop-down menu.
In the expanded menu, click "Revolve...". It is the second option. A small dialogue box will appear.
You can click and drag this box away from your canvas. Ensure the "Preview" box in the bottom-left corner is checked. The object will be rotated around its axis, and its angles will be rounded.
You can change the position of the object by clicking the "Position" drop-down menu.
Otherwise, you can click and move around the cube underneath "Position".
You can also adjust the angle by using the circles to the right side of the cube.
You can manually type the degrees for the axes.
You can also change the "Perspective" value in degrees.
Next, you can adjust how far you revolve your object. Again, you can use the "Angle" circle or manually type a number.
You can also click "Cap" or "Uncap". That makes the object look hollow or solid. The setting is left at "Cap" for this tutorial.
Then, we can adjust "Offset" by clicking and dragging the scroller.
We can also manually type a number for "Offset".
Now, select whether it should come from "Left Edge" or "Right Edge".
Finally, you can choose your surface material in the drop-down menu that says, "Surface". A plastic effect will be better for rendering a plastic object; however, a wire frame might be better for a building design.
Then, click "OK" to apply your settings. You will still be able to see the outline of your original two-dimensional shape in the blue frame.
You can click and drag the object so that it fits in your document.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to make a three-dimensional object using "Revolve" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
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