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How to Create a 3D Text Art Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Originally published Feb 23, 23, updated Mar 27, 24

It takes 10 minutes. Even if you've never used Adobe Illustrator before, you will still need about 10 minutes to create a 3D text effect in Adobe Illustrator. Whatever your reason for creating this effect, you can customize it thoroughly and get a result that completely meets your requirements.

This guide will show you the step-by-step process of creating a 3D text effect in Adobe Illustrator. So, if you're ready, let's begin.

In this article
  1. What You Need to Create a 3D Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator
  2. How to Create 3D Text Effects in Adobe Illustrator
  3. Best Alternative Way to Create 3D Text Animation

What You Need to Create a 3D Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

All you need are ten minutes of your time and the Adobe Illustrator application. Oh yes, and you need a little bit of imagination as well. That's all there is to it.

After you get the program, install it and follow the step-by-step instructions you'll see below.

Also, there are plenty of different ways to create 3D text effects in Adobe Illustrator. This tutorial will focus on explaining the easiest and quickest one. Just know that this doesn't mean the result will be wrong. Most methods yield the same results.

How to Create 3D Text Effects in Adobe Illustrator

Now that you know what you're getting into, let's finally reveal the entire process. Just follow the steps and do as you see here. 

Step1 Open the program and start a new project. 

Step2 Click on the Type tool and click anywhere on your blank canvas. Then, type in your text—type in anything you want. 

type tool illustrator

Step3 Now, look at the bottom-right corner of the program. Find the Font settings and change your font type and size to anything you want.

change font illustrator

Step4 Next, choose any color you want for your text from the panel on the screen's left side. Just remember to click on your text first before you start changing colors.

change color

Step5 Align the text to make it easier to edit and move around the canvas later. Just click on it and then click on the three buttons in the image below. This section is located at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

align text in illustrator

Step6 Up next, you need to turn on your 3D Effects panel if it still needs to be activated. To do this, click on Window → 3D and Materials. Then, look at the right side of the screen, and you will see the panel pop up.

turn on three d panel

Step7 Click on the box icon on the right side of the screen and select “Extrude” This will instantly transform your text into a 3D model.

turn text into three d

Step8 Now, all left to do is experiment with the settings in this panel and adjust how you want your 3D text to look. You can adjust its width, rotation, presets, angle, perspective, and so on. Just play around with the settings until you find your ideal result.

three d illustrator settings

Step9 Finally, it's time to export the image, and you're all done.

Best Alternative Way to Create 3D Text Animation

You might not believe it, but there's an even more accessible and less expensive way to create 3D text effects. You can use Filmora. Compared to Illustrator, Filmora is much better for beginners and more affordable.

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If you're just a beginner at video or photo editing, you want to use a more straightforward tool. Illustrator can get very challenging for complete beginners. But Filmora offers a more straightforward interface that still delivers the same professional results. Please read further and see how to realize it.

How to Create a 3D Text Effect In Filmora?

The steps are simple. Just follow them precisely as you see here, and you won't have any problems.

Step1 Download Filmora and run the program. Once it opens, click on New Project.

Step2 Head to the Titles tab and search for the “3D Illustration” title. Then, drag it into the Timeline. You can also find several other 3D titles. If you like another one better, drag that one instead of the one we mentioned here.

drag title to timeline

Step3 Double-click on the 3D title layer you dragged into the Timeline. When the settings panel opens, use all the boxes and slide bars to customize your 3D text any way you want. When you’re done customizing it, click on OK.

edit text settings

Step4 Finally, import a video in Filmora and drag it under the text into the Timeline. Choose any video or image you want to display underneath your 3D text. That’s it! Hit Export, and you’re all done. Congratulations on creating a 3D text effect in Filmora.

If you want to learn more about Filmora’s fantastic features, please watch the video below to see what the latest version of Filmora 12 brings to you!


Both programs will get the job done if you use Adobe Illustrator or Filmora for your 3D text effect. The main difference is that it will be easier with Filmora. The choice is yours. Have fun!

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Mar 27, 24
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