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Chapter 12. Using the 3D Effect > Using the 3D Rotate effect

Using the 3D Rotate effect

Next you will create the place mat upon which the objects are sitting. For this example you will create a rectangle, fill it with a pattern and use the Rotate effect to make it look as though it is lying down on a flat surface.

Create a rectangle that encompasses the entire artwork.

Making sure that the Fill swatch is forward in the toolbox, select the pattern Stripes from the Swatches palette.

Give the rectangle a stroke of None.

With the rectangle still selected choose Effect > 3D > Rotate, and check Preview.

Using the text fields, enter 70% for the rotation around the X axis. For the rotation around the Y axis, specify 0%. Specify 0% for the rotation around the Z axis.

Enter 75% for the amount of perspective. Click OK.

The rectangle now looks like a place mat sitting on a table. Notice how the pattern also has the perspective applied to it.

The Rotate Options window.


With the rectangle still selected, choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back. Using the Selection tool, position in place.

The completed illustration.

Once you have applied the 3D effect to an object, it remains a live effect. In other words, you can change the scale of the object or change the color, and the 3D effect remains.


Do not rotate objects with the 3D effects applied to them; you will get unexpected results. To rotate a 3D object, double-click on the Appearance palette 3D effect, and rotate the item in space using the Position preview window.

Once you have rearranged objects as you like, you have completed the lesson. Choose File > Save, then choose File > Close.



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