This tutorial is about using simple random shapes to create a stunning composition which revolves around typography. You will build elements in Illustrator, Photoshop and a 3D application – in this case Cinema 4D, though similar software can be used too – and then combine them with type and effects back in Photoshop.

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Besides how to turn Illustrator elements into intricate shapes, this tutorial will show you ways to integrate abstract objects into any kind of work.

Take your time, be creative, develop a feel for what makes a composition work, and you should glean a lot from the workflow Nicolas and Alastair describe here. If you don’t own a 3D suite, you can still follow many of the steps and later incorporate the renders provided in the Download Zone.

Time to complete

5-10 hours


Photoshop CS4 or later, Illustrator CS4 or later, Maxon Cinema 4D

Project Files

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