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How I Created Turqua: 3d Isometric Vector Icon Tutorial

The original tutorial was here before. But as some of you followers know, it’s been air in the catastrophy of my server aftermath.

So here it is, revised and even more detailed, the making of a 3d isometric vector icon with Illustrator.

I will try explaining this in the longest way.

So this one will not only be just a 3d shiny box icon tutorial, but also an article to give an idea about how to design isometric scale icons.

What is Isometric Anyways?

Isometric projection is a 3d method, being a form of ortographic projection; representing a 3 dimensional object in 2 dimensions.

In a bit simpler english; we can make 2d objects easily converted to 3d objects by adding equally measured perspectives. That’s what we will do to create our 3d vector icon =)

Here is what we will try to achieve:

final

Phase 1: Making the Square into a 3d Box with Isometric Projection

1- Okay. To do that, we will need a square first.

Open a new Illustrator document, preferably in cmyk color and draw a 100pt x 100pt square:

01_draw_a_square

2- Next, we will need to duplicate that square 2 times to prepare the front left and front right sides of the box imitation:

02_create_sides

3- Now we will rotate our top side isometrically to build the top side of the box.

To do that, let’s go to effect > 3d > rotate > select isometric top:

03_rotate_top

4- Ok now let’s do the same for the front left side with one difference; the rotation will be isometric left:

04_rotate_fleft

5- Same goes for the fron right side; rotating isometric right:

05_rotate_fright

6- Now let’s  object > expand appearance them to make the 3d rotated sides more editable:

06_expand

7- We can now put them all together, to form a box:

07_put_together_the_sides

Since we are almost done with the basic shape, we can move along with the effects to apply on it.

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  1. MM

    Is there anyone having the .ai file to share or can the poster republish the archive (because that’s corrupted).

    Thanks in advance!!

  2. Banners Broker

    Sweet web site , super pattern , rattling clean and apply genial .

  3. Io

    Hi,
    Im having trouble with my gradients in CS4.. Basically, they are coming out very ‘blocky’ i.e. unsmooth.

    Here’s an image to clarify: http://i.imgur.com/xHrOM.png

    Tried everything advised so far but can’t seem to find a solution.

    I’m creating a flux-capacitor logo for my Time Machine drive so this is IMPORTANT!

    Thanks in advance.

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  5. Elizebeth Phyu Phyu Tin

    nice….. :)

  6. Audra Zeekler

    Very clear internet site , thanks for this post.

  7. well

    there’s some problem with the source u.u Could you re-upload plz?

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  9. Alexandra Barcelona

    I had trouble downloading the source as well. Could you re-upload it please?

  10. Micah Smith

    Could you please give instructions on how to apply the effects to finish the design to the 3D isometric images? Thanks.

  11. jeff

    Great tutorial, had some trouble with aligning the isometric side and the last item step in the turorial. So decided to download your file but it seems to be corrupted, mind re-uploading it? Much appreciated.

  12. nttv

    I can’t download this source, *_*

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  17. Cgbaran

    Great tutorial thanks

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  19. Jeffrey Heiserman

    Great tutorial! This is very helpful for the project I am working on right now.

  20. Christian Skelton

    The completed illustrator file doesn’t seem to work anymore?

  21. zams

    Nice tutorial but how can you found this idea?

  22. me

    LIKE! but the zip is corrupt..

  23. Sty*Lisch

    Nice work.. Thanks a lot! =)

  24. David1536

    Great job!! But how did you do the bubble letter on the side of the box, That would be Sweeeeeet.

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  27. Kent

    It looks very modern and technology-inspired. I’m digging the glossy-chrome effect. I’ve been trying to design a 3D logo-emblem somewhat like this for myself (more or less, in essence) and it did not come out as what I hope it would! I didn’t manage to get it looking right like yours did. Finally, I decided to use the professional services of an online logo design site instead (http://www.logodesignstation.com) and got the logo I wanted at an affordable price and fast too, within 24 hours. I did provide this link for reference and inspiration to my designer as I liked how yours look. I’m not going to design a logo without any professional help anytime soon although it’s fun. Thanks for posting this, btw!

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  31. Clair Heling

    Woah what theme is this? i really like it :D

  32. Programacion PHP

    Muchas Gracias, excelente tutorial. Espero por mas.

    Pablo, desde Argentina

  33. daniel

    SWEET … thanks a lot nice tutorial m8

  34. mejoh

    I have no reply

  35. Karthik.K

    Hey awesome tutorial. But the ZIP file is corrupt! :( Please check that pls.

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  37. Jess

    i love it, however,
    please, i cant dowload the files.
    Could you help?

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  39. B

    Beautiful. Is it possible to do something similar in inkscape?

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  44. socketz

    I don’t understand the phases 9 and 10. Select group or the path? I don’t know. Be more explicit please. Thank you.

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  47. Maverik

    very nice. But the illustrator file is damaged. Can you fix it ?

  48. Imran

    Beautiful Technique.

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  55. Chm

    Looks very good!

  56. Ian

    Screen transparency didn’t work for me in CMYK colour. I had to set it to RGB to achieve the effect.

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  63. Omar

    awsome! Not only did i learn how to make the 3d isometric icon, but also some tricks that i dint know about.

    - Thanks alot.

  64. mox

    Nice man.

    Two thumbs up :)

    Thanks 4 sharing.

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