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Library: Creative Design


You don't need to be an architect to become a city planner!

Added on Wednesday 4th of November 2009 09:23 am EST


While not every design profession traditionally demands 3D rendering, more and more clients are requesting these types of views in proposals. Making the switch to 3D may seem hard, but if you combine some help from Illustrator with a little planning and practice, you'll be a 3D master in no time. To get you started with 3D, we'll show you how to use Illustrator's isometric 3D tools and preset Symbols library to achieve professional 3D results, as shown in FIGURE A.

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If you're using CS, you can proceed to the fi rst step. If you're using CS2, please download the fi le, BUILDINGS .ZIP, from the URL at the beginning of this article and open the fi le CITY.AI. This CS2 fi le contains preset building symbols that are only available in CS, as shown in FIGURE B. Once your CS2 fi le is open proceed to Step 2.

To open a new file and create the platform to anchor your city:
1. Launch Illustrator and create a new RGB document.
2. Select the Rounded Rectangle tool and draw a 6 in wide by 5 in high rectangle with a Corner Radius of 0.25 in.
3. Set the fi ll color to R:230 / G:225 / B:200 and set the stroke to None. This rectangle represents the sidewalk.
4. Create a rectangle with angled corners using the Rectangle tool . Set the Width to 5.5 in and the Height to 4.5 in.
5. Apply a color fill of Sp...


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