Illustrator Tutorial - 3D Tools - Create a Clay Pot using Revolve
With version CS2, Illustrator added the exciting new dimension of 3D tools.  This allows a whole new dimension for your vector artwork.  And the best bit?  It's really easy to use!

Found under EFFECT, there are three 3D effects:

  • Extrude & Bevel
  • Revolve
  • Rotate
3D Options

Let's start with Revolve to see how quick and easy it is to use. We'll draw a terracotta pot!  Select your Pen Tool Pen Tool and make the Fill Colour 'None' and the Stroke Colour a nice, terracotta brown. (I used #EA8C47), and make the line thickness 1px.

Terracotta Stroke

Draw just one half of what you'd imagine a terracotta pot would look like.  You can always right-click the image to the right, paste it into a new Illustrator document, resize it and create a new layer above it to use as a guide.

Terracotta Outline





Nearly there!  Don't believe me?  With the Selection Tool Selection Tool, click on this line to select it and go to EFFECT...3D...Revolve. The dialogue box to the right will appear:








The first thing to do is check the 'Preview' box and, without changing anything, you will get this image!

Now in your excitement, you may be happy with this - it's a glazed pot!  Let's make it unglazed.

The way to get back to the 3D Options box is to make sure your Appearance palette is visible (WINDOW...Appearance)

Appearance palette

Click on the 3D Revolve and your 3D Options box will re-appear.

Look at the first image of the 3D Options box.  See the 'More Options' button?  Click on it.






We've changed the 'Surface' from 'Plastic Shading' to 'Diffuse Shading'.


We've also added another light source by clicking the 'Folder Icon' and dragging the new light to where we want it.


Revolve Options

Terracotta Pot

More 3D Options

                   Unglazed Terracotta
The foliage in the above is created by using 'Flowers' Symbols.
OK, let's carry on with this theme and make some chess pieces next >>>
Why not enhance your skills by having a go at some other random, symmetrical objects?
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