Vector graphics need not be one-dimensional. In this tutorial, Thomas Burden – aka ‘…and there will be unicorns’ – shows  how Adobe Illustrator’s 3D extrusions and Map Art function can be used to create an imaginary room full of weird, wonderful and definitely retro computer kit.

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Although pretty basic, these faux 3D functions in Illustrator can generate an infinite number of cool shapes and elements that can add a whole new dimension – literally – to working with vector graphics.

You can add further depth by shading these elements, either in Illustrator or, with a great deal more control, by importing them into Photoshop.

Time to complete

30 mins


Illustrator CS3 or higher, Photoshop CS3 or higher

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