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Issues understanding Illustrator's new 3D and materials feature

Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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Hi there all

 

Essentially I am trying to follow a tutorial on how to do a Grafitti text effect.  This involves making the letter's 3D and then using "expand appearance" to change and manipulate the various 2D shapes created by the 3D effect. However when I expand the letters now it simply creates one complete image.  In the layers panel it even says "Image" rather than a bunch of "paths".  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I have attached the in progress file with the top text line being before expanding the appearance and the bottom being after it's been expanded.

 

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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The tutorial likely covers the old 3D effects. You have to use them via the submenu that says "Legacy 3D effects"

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Awesome, where is the 3D classic sub menu? I've searched everywhere for it. Can't seem to find it

 

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It is where you find the 3D Effects.

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Thanks! I was looking in the actual 3D and materials menu.  Much appreciated

 

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3D (Classic) in the English version, not quite the 'Legacy' death sentence yet.

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