Week 45: Create 3D Designs with Illustrator

Use Adobe Illustrator's 3D & Materials effect to bring designs to life.



This DEX is not for beginners, there is much assumed knowledge. Circle back around to this DEX when you are at an intermediate level.



If you are good at Adobe, but new to these tools follow along and design a bacon and egg bagel, yumm!



We designed our 3D using a bacon and egg bagel, follow ours or maybe you can design yours using a burger or a hot dog. Choose something simple to start with and follow our instructions to create similar assets for your own brand.

Time Allocated


2-3hours depending on your proficiency and design

Design Goals


Create a 3D animation from scratch using Illustrator 3D and Materials panel.



Try to use a material from the Materials panel. Give more depth to your illustration by layering and using the effects individually.



  • Adobe Illustrator




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Who is this for?

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