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Create 3D effects in Adobe illustrator using the 3D Tools

By using the 3D tools in Adobe illustrator, you can create some pretty cool 3D effects without needing to jump into a full 3D app like Cinema 4D. If you want to create a vector version of an extruded logo or text, tilt an illustration in 3D, or create a cool revolving effect, you can do that all right inside of illustrator using the 3D effects found right inside of illustrator. Check out the video above to learn some quick tips and tricks on how to use the 3D effects in Adobe illustrator to create some great 3D vector artwork.


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• New 3D Filter to create bump maps and normal maps for 3D

• Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop and other Adobe Apps

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Tips on Recreating "The Nice Guys" Movie Logo using the Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator

I noticed the logo for the new film "The Nice Guys" in the movie trailer for the film and on posters that I started seeing around town, and was instantly a fan of the illustration. It is a movie logo that works well both in animation and print materials, on dark or light colors, and can be executed in one solid color; all staples of a great identity mark. Whenever I see really nice, geometrically even logo designs, I am always thinking about how some of the math could be automated in Adobe illustrator, without having to eyeball distances, line thicknesses, and other details, and without pulling up the calculator app.

This got me thinking about Adobe illustrator's blend tool, a favorite tool of mine but one that is often overlooked. With the blend tool, you can interpolate shapes, colors, line thickness, and more. 

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By using this technique on rounded arcs and lines, you can interpolate both the spacing of the intermediate lines, and the color gradation. You could even use Adobe illustrator's blend tool to interpolate the thickness between different lines. This makes recreating a lot of the letters like the "n" "c" and even the outlines between the "g" much easier. The great part is that the original elements are still editable, and the blended steps will automatically update if you make changes.

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While I love my illustrator technical tips, I did not come up with the Nice Guys logo, and I completely back the idea that coming up with a great logo is MUCH more than the technical side of executing it. But once you have an idea and get to the execution phase, these Adobe illustrator tips can help greatly with your geometry straight! I haven't figured out yet who created the original logo, but if you know, let me know in the comments and I'll link to them for credit!

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• New Layer Styles in Photoshop CC 2015

• Quick Export to PNG and updates to Save for Web

• New 3D Filter to create bump maps and normal maps for 3D

• Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop and other Adobe Apps


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Adobe Creative Graphic Design on Twitch.TV - Tips and Tricks for Logo Design in Adobe illustrator

In this live recording of Creative Graphic Design on Adobe's Twitch Live Stream, Adobe's Paul Trani and I discuss process, tips, and tricks for creating a logo using Adobe Illustrator. We talk about different techniques for how to iterate on creating a logo, technical tips on working in illustrator, how to utilize Adobe CC Libraries, and more!

Midway through the show, we decide to make the logo design a competition and let the Twitch Chat members vote on the winner. Also, Paul's mouse dies.

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• New Layer Styles in Photoshop CC 2015

• Quick Export to PNG and updates to Save for Web

• New 3D Filter to create bump maps and normal maps for 3D

• Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop and other Adobe Apps


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Top 5 Hidden Features of Adobe Illustrator CC 2015

Working in illustrator for logo design or illustration can get a bit technical when you're bending curves and moving points around. To speed up working in illustrator and keep everything geometrically sound, there are some great tips for using Adobe illustrator, but some of them can be a bit hidden, or were snuck in with new features. In the video above, I'll cover my Top 5 tips to get you working faster in illustrator in no time!

My top 5 tips for Adobe Illustrator include tips for using the Transform tools, polygon shape options, align to artboard and selection tools, pasting in front and back, and the corner radius tool options. Learn about new features and top tips for working in Adobe Illustrator CC 2015, and Creative Cloud 2015 features.

Want more info on New Features in Photoshop CC 2015? Learn more about:

New Layer Styles in Photoshop CC 2015

Quick Export to PNG and updates to Save for Web

New 3D Filter to create bump maps and normal maps for 3D

Working with Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop and other Adobe Apps

Using the updated Blur gallery in Photoshop CC
 


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How to create a 3D logo with Realistic Shadows & Reflections in Element 3D V2

With Element 3D Version 2, we finally get shadows and reflections! There are some different options for calculating shadows and reflections, so I put together this video to talk about how to create a 3D logo in Element 3D V2, and how the new shadow and reflection render settings can be used to push the quality of the render much further! How to create a logo in 3D using After Effects is always a big question I get, and using Element 3D is a great option for speed and quick rendering!

To create the logo, we'll start with bringing the vector logo into After Effects from Adobe Illustrator. We'll then get into how to extrude, texture, light, and render the logo in Element 3D, now with shadows and reflections!

Learn about the Top new Features of Element 3D V2!

Learn about how to use Cinema 4D Animations in Element 3D V2 in this video

And my shortcut tips and tricks for Element 3D V2 in this video!

Want to Motion Track a 3D Object using Element 3D? Learn how in this video!
 


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Learn to Recreate the "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" Logo in After Effects using Trapcode Particular

When I first saw the Call of Duty: Black Ops III logo in a teaser trailer, I was a big fan of what was done for the logo animation. It has some very subtle animation, and yet there is a lot of detail in there. I wanted to see how closely I could recreate it using After Effects CC, and some Trapcode Particular techniques. To get the job done I also developed some techniques using track mattes in After Effects. Check out the video to see how it is done!

In part 1 of this tutorial, learn to create the Black Ops 3 logo in After Effects and Adobe Illustrator.

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In this 2 part After Effects tutorial, we'll use Trapcode Particular to create the fire effects for the Black Ops 3 Logo. Be sure to check out Part 2 at this video!

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How to create 3D logos in Cinema 4D starting with a photo Image

Ideally when you're using Cinema 4D to extrude a logo into a 3D rendering using, you'd want to start with a vector version of the logo so it can be infinitely scalable. Sometimes, however, the vector format isn't available, or the logos you need to create in 3D are so complex that there isn't enough time to extrude and texture it piece by piece. 

I recently had that situation come up, where I had to not only create 3D versions of all the Blackhawks logo, but create similar 3D versions of many other NHL logos, all in a short time. To get the job done, I came up with this workflow to use an outline of the logo as the extrusion, and then a still image as the texture. This also covers tips on using Photoshop CC and Adobe illustrator in your Cinema 4D workflow. In this video I go in-depth on how I developed this process!


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Learn to Create 3D Baseball & Football Fields using the Grass Shader + Landscapes in Cinema 4D

Adding grass onto a landscape objects in Cinema 4D can be straightforward enough using the Grow Grass feature, but what if you want to create very specific variations in the grass, like the lines and graphics painted on baseball or football fields? I had this problem come up on a project I was working on, and developed a technique to tackle this using Density Maps made in Adobe Illustrator. I was so excited when I finally got it to work, that I wanted to make a video to share how to set it up!

This Cinema 4D tutorial also video covers an introduction and overview to the grass feature of Cinema 4D.

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Learn to Model & Texture a photo-real Pint Glass with Cinema 4D

Creating a realistic glass material in Cinema 4D can be a real challenge. In this Cinema 4D tutorial, I work to recreate a pint glass with multiple painted decals as closely as possible. Working from a photo reference when doing 3D modeling and texturing can be a great way to learn, and present unique challenges. For this one I took a look at the pint glasses I ordered for my wedding, and see if I can recreate them in 3D. My wife is always telling me how she wants more 3D renderings of our stuff!

This Cinema 4D tutorial covers basic 3D modeling and texturing techniques, as well as working with Global Illumination in Cinema 4D.

Part 2 of This Cinema 4D Tutorial covers adding dynamics simulations and camera animations.


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Design a 3D logo with Adobe Illustrator CC


Logo design is a huge field, and you can go about designing a logo in Illustrator CC in a variety of ways. One of the coolest features in illustrator (in my opinion!) is the 3D options, where you can take flat, 2-dimensional vector art, and extrude it, rotate it, and even change the perspective to simulate lens effects. In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a 3-D logo using these techniques, as well as many other Adobe illustrator tips and tricks.

In this Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 tutorial, learn how to create a 3D logo with real perspective. This tutorial covers some of my favorite illustrator CC tips and tricks for creating 3D depth and perspective in Adobe Illustrator, while keeping everything in vector format, which is ideal for creating logos.

The tutorial also covers using pantone chips and the color guide in Illustrator, as well as how to properly bring the final logo into Photoshop or After Effects.


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