Text on a 3D cube

16/11/2008

This is a technique you can use to create a 3D cube with a text frame on each side of it and place it in your web-to-print templates.

Web-to-print 3D cube

Draw a 3D cube

Web-to-print draw a square/

Use the Rectangle tool (F6) to draw a square with a hairline outline. For what we are going for, a perfect square is not what we need so we’ll make it just a little bit more like a verticle rectangle.

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Web-to-print skew the square/

Double click on the square with the Pick tool and you will see the nodes change to the rotation arrow nodes. Skew the square by draging the middle node of the right edge downwards.

We just created one side of the cube and we need to duplicate and mirror the shape to make the other side.

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Web-to-print duplicate square/

This is a bit tricky so follow these steps carefully:

  • Click on the shape with the Pick tool,
  • Press and hold the Ctrl key,
  • Left click on the middle node of the left edge and drag the node right till you see an exact mirrored shape formed on the other side,
  • Right click on the mouse to confirm duplication and release the Ctrl key.

Web-to-print square duplication result/

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We have both sides of the cube created. What’s left is the cube’s top side.

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Web-to-print create the top side reference

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Select both sides of the cube and use the same trick to mirror and duplicate them by dragging the middle node of the bottom side upwards.

The result should be something similar to this. The top side is still not created but we have the reference points we need to draw it.

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Web-to-print draw the top side of the cube/

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Select the Bezier tool and click arround the top side corners to draw the top side. When finished, delete the upper shapes.

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Web-to-print perfect cube/

The result should be something similar to this, an almost perfect geomatrical cube.

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Web-to-print add perspective to the cube/

We are trying to achieve a 3D cube illusion, so we need to add a more realistic perspective to our cube.

Convert all the shapes into curves and use the Shape tool (F10) to drag the three outer corners inwards just a bit. It might not seem like a big difference but this does make the cube appear more like it’s in a real environment.

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Web-to-print final shape of the cube/

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We are done shaping the cube!

Cube gradients

Web-to-print gradient direction/

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Select a side and add a simple two color fountain fill directing the lighter side of the gradient towards the center corner.

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Web-to-print fountain fill colors/

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Note. The two color fountain fills should be slightly different for each side. For a greyscale cube, use different precentage of black for the “From” and “To” funtain fill colors.

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Web-to-print 3D cube

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Our cube is done!

Add text on each side

Input the dummy text and turn it into a variable web-to-print field.

Web-to-print add perspective/

Select the text and go to Effects/Add Perspective.

Web-to-print perspective text/

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Notice the grid that is formed on top of the text frame? Use the Shape tool (F10) to drag the corners around till you achieve the desired perspective illusion.

Note. Use the cube’s edges as a reference.

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Web-to-print 3D cube with text fields/

Repeat this step for all sides of the cube. The result should be something similar to this.

All done!

Our web-to-print software can handle this effect easily! Upload the template into your catalog and test it.

Web-to-print 3D cube/

Try this web-to-print template.

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Download the FREE CorelDRAW template file.

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