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# 3D Effect for Curved Road

Community Beginner ,
Jan 05, 2017 Jan 05, 2017

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I am trying to create the illusion of depth by adding a 3D effect to a curved road I have illustrated. However, when I apply any of the 3D effects, the road becomes distorted. I also tried using the pen tool to accomplish this effect, but I am struggling to make it look seamless. Here is the road:

I want to draw lines straight down from the edges of each curve to make the road look like it's elevated.This is a rough example of what I'm going for using the pen tool:

Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated!

Best,

Tif

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Community Beginner , Jan 08, 2017 Jan 08, 2017

I ultimately worked with the pen tool to achieve the effect I was look for.

Thank you all for your responses! Unfortunately the perspective grid and extrude effect were giving me very different results.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 05, 2017 Jan 05, 2017

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Please show the results of the 3D effects.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 05, 2017 Jan 05, 2017

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I would suggest using Perspective Grid.

1. Draw the road flat as an object with two Strokes in the Appearance panel (a thick Black Stroke with a much thinner White Dashed Stroke on top)
2. With the flat road selected, go the the Object menu > Flatten Transparency to make the Strokes into Fills
3. Select the Perspective Grid tool (Shift + P) to turn on a grid.
4. Under the View menu, go Perspective Grid > One Point Perspective and choose the default.
5. Switch to the Perspective Selection tool (Shift + V)
6. Choose the bottom Plane in the Perspective widget by pressing 2
7. Click on your flat road and drag into perspective over the grid

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Community Expert ,
Jan 05, 2017 Jan 05, 2017

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You could use 3D > Extrude for the second part of your request.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 05, 2017 Jan 05, 2017

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The biggest problem with Extrude is the road cannot be 100% Black or it will be impossible to differentiate between the sides of the extruded road and the road itself. Try making the road about 60% Black. Please see attached.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 08, 2017 Jan 08, 2017

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I ultimately worked with the pen tool to achieve the effect I was look for.

Thank you all for your responses! Unfortunately the perspective grid and extrude effect were giving me very different results.

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May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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