ISOMETRIC Illustrator Tutorial: Isometric Tips & Techniques

ISOMETRIC Illustrator Tutorial: Isometric Tips & Techniques

today a highly requested video on how to
make an isometric design and I’m gonna show you how to make an isometric laptop
in today’s Illustrator tutorial we first need to make an isometric grid but it is
straight it doesn’t have that built into the program so I’m going to show you how
to create a makeshift one right now so choose the rectangular grid tool here
and then click once on the artboards I’m going to use 1000 pixels squared and
also 120 for the vertical and the horizontal numbers but just make sure
they have the vertical and the horizontal numbers as the same values when ready we’ll take the grid by 45
degrees but this is hardly isometric is it so we need to head into the transform
window and adjust the height values to fifty seven point seven four percent and
this number needs to be absolutely precise so there is your isometric grid
ready in Adobe Illustrator and you can adjust the stroke weight here pending on
how visible you want your isometric grid to be now press command or control two
to lock the grid down in place because we’re now going to design the isometric
laptop today’s tutorial is quite lengthy but follow along and learn all of the
tricks and the techniques or making a stunning isometric design select a color
and then make sure it’s a stroke only in the color palettes you can press shift
annex a toggle between the stroke and the fill
now press P for the pencil and draw a rectangle as I’m doing here using the
isometric grid as a guide now if you’re somebody who’s using
illustrator CC you can press a to the direct selection tool and you’re going
to be able to round off the corners using the live function and if you want
to round off just one corner at a time select it at once and then hold on
sheriff and then click again now if you don’t have CC you kind of cost you the
round corners effect in the top drop-down menu under effect and around
corners now we only want to round off three of the corners on the base of the
laptop now hold down the alt option key and then click and drag to make a
duplication right below that shape press save the direct selection tool again and
you can manipulate the anchor points of the new shape as I’m doing here on my
design now this is going to help create a kind of 3d effect on your isometry
design today we need to make sure that the original line is brought to the
front of the new object in the layers window it’s now time to give the
original shape a gradient that we can change that later of course this is
going to be the base of our isometric laptop and I’d like a nice deep dark
purple or blue gradient for my design now the render looks pretty bad on my
video due to the editing software but in real life an illustrator
it looks seriously smooth we compress a G for the gradient tool to quickly
change direction of the gradient over the shape now select the lower object and press I
for the eyedropper tool and in sample the above shape you’re grading or fill
will be transferred onto this shape to which you can adjust as you see fits and
I personally like to make this lower shape darker in general for the
isometric design feel so the base is pretty much complete the let’s select
both shapes and impress command or control two to lock them down in place
so like I said for some reason my video editing software makes the gradient look
pretty horrible but if you see the final designer looks really smooth and also
you should be smooth on-screen now – I’m going to now add a highlights using the
pen tool and also a stroked line like so so increase the stroke weights and then
add the same stroke style as I’m going to use you can also use the width tool
here but when you have your line ready open up the Europeans panel so here you
can either use the outer glow effects or even the Gaussian blur effect on your
line this is going to make it appear more blended into your design in general so when we proceed to build up our
isometric laptop things will begin to look a lot better and make more sense
for your design so to ensure the raster effects look
needs you can increase the values here safeguard that all blurs and global
ethics look smooth we now need to clear the appearance settings in the
appearance panel and then move on to the next step in today’s tutorial so draw in
a small square as I’m doing here and then hit into the appearance panel once
more we can’t add an outer glow effect and this is going to be the light on the
edge of the laptop and you can add as many of these as you so wish just
remember that small details like this are really gonna help set off your
isometric design when it’s completed and finished if I head into the layers
window you can see that I’ve labeled all of my layers to make my life easier but
I want to unlock the top layer of the base so I can sample the gradient for
the next step in today’s process now I’m going to draw a rectangle for
the touchpad and round off the corners we did before you can flick the stroke
of the touchpad over to a fill by pressing Shift + X and then bring it on
to your design in perfect placement remember to have an object selected when
you edit in the gradient now copy the touchpad with command or ctrl C and then
paste the duplication already over the top using command ctrl
F press shift + X to turn the duplicate into a stroke and then press C for the
scissors tool we’re going to cut the shape in half and they remove a section
to give an illusion of shadow and depth on the touchpad of the laptop you can change the stroke style to make
it blend into your design more at the edges of the stroke line now the next
step is quite annoying but it’s essential we’re going to be making the
keys of the laptop so press M for the rectangle tool and draw the rectangle
like so round off the corners of the shape and then duplicate the rectangle
by holding down the alt/option key and then clicking a dragging press command
or control D to repeat the process leaving yourself with 14 different keys
in total having the smart guy is activated here is going to help
immensely and you can do that by pressing command or control you now we need a perfect square so hold
down shift and then use the rectangle tool to generate a square and then run
off the corners repeat the process so you have 13 squares in total and then
add on the last key which is a rectangle you can duplicate this second row and
then rotate it by 180 degrees because they are essentially the same but in the
opposite order now you can look on a laptop and figure out the keys that are
still remaining to be made because it would take too long in today’s video to
show you the entire process of making the keys but it doesn’t need to be
perfect because the main part of making the isometric design look awesome is yet
to come but when you do have your keys ready select them all and then head into
the Pathfinder window and unite them together as one vector shape now we’re
going to first add a gradient and then make your ISO metric later now my
gradient is pretty funky and of course you can change that later and also use
any colors you want for your gradient press G for the gradient tool to spread
the grading over the entire key design now we need to make this part of the
laptop isometric so rotated by 45 degrees and as we did early in the tutorial
adjust the height values in the transform window to fifty seven point
seven four percent exactly now it’s just the case of arranging them on to
isometric laptop base and as you can see things are really starting to take shape
but I’ve still got some cool techniques to show you
in today’s illustrator tutorial so let’s continue now for the screen we’re going
to repeat the process that we use for the base by drawing a rectangle using
the pen tool and also the isometric grid as a guide and then rounding off the
corners and then duplicating the line back and behind this layer needs to be
behind the other layers of your design in the layers window and once you’ve rounded off the corners
hold down the alt/option key and duplicate the shape as we did earlier and it helps to have all of these
objects have strokes instead of fill colors so you can press Shift + X to
change that use a direct selection tool to manipulate the anchor points of the
behind shape as I’m doing here and like I’ve already said it really
does help to label your layers so that you can keep track of everything and
easily locate a specific part of your design any given moment it is going to
help to have the screen layers as tricks for the next step or you can press
command or control Y to enter into outline mode but when ready drawing a
rectangle for the actual screen itself and this doesn’t need to be rounded off but the screen does need to fill
gradient and for my design I’ve opted for a kind of sky or baby blue for the
gradient now if I had a background but it’s not permanent and I’m gonna change
that later and also I’ve added a few more highlights like we did before and
these really do help with the overall isometric design look and the feel and
finally to really give our creation some pop and a punch duplicate the screen out
and able onto laptop itself the gradient color for this second screen on my
design is kind of white towards pink as I feel it looks best in my design today now to add some death to this layout
screen choose white and a stroke in the color plate and then draw around the
corner edge of the new screen increase the stroke weights and also change the
stroke style to fit the screen itself now you can experiment with the width
tool here too but also you can change the layer blend modes in the
transparency window I have made the background using the new
gradient tool in Illustrator CC which was very easy to do but if you haven’t
got CC then sorry you’re gonna have to make deal with the mesh – or something
like that but the important thing here is that I made the light source at the
top right which fits even the lighting on my design and then lastly today let’s
make a shadow for the isometric design draw a rectangle and add the same
isometric process as we did before by rotating it 45 degrees and then
adjusting the height values – fifty seven point seven four percent make sure this layer is below all of the
other layers on your laptop in the layers window and then add a Gaussian
blur effect to the shape itself the lake is that you can see on my
screen were added using the free transform tool which I actually forgot
to show the process of using but there you pretty much have it
one needs entire the isometric laptop design and this tutorial was I think is
the longest video my channel two dates and because now I’ve got a really good
video editor I can make longer content just like this video I’m still gonna
make short tips videos too but from time to time I will make longer tutorials
like today’s illustrator isometric design tutorial don’t forget to let me
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future today peace you

100 thoughts on “ISOMETRIC Illustrator Tutorial: Isometric Tips & Techniques

  1. This is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!! I am using Illustrator CS6, so is there any way to make only three corners of the rectangle rounded in CS6? Using the Round Corners effect rounds all the corners.

  2. i'm interesting to isometric scene so i decided to moving on from Corel draw to Adobe illustrator
    i need to learning tool again but when i done something in illustrator,why it's look's more professional than i do in corel draw lmao .
    thanks Satori for this 😀

  3. Hi, beautiful visual work, but you followed the diagram, but you forgot the perspective.

    Olá, belo trabalho visual, porém vc seguiu a diagramação, mas se esqueceu da perspectiva.

  4. Great tutorial! I was wondering if you cared to share how you made the gradient background and which colors you used? Thanks!

  5. Quick tip: You can add an action and record your "Rotate 45deg, then change height to 57.74%" actions so you can do that in one click thru the actions panel. Great video btw ! PS: Do you do it manually because you don't like the 3D rotation tool, or generally because it isn't as precise as your techinique maybe? Just curious.

  6. Nice video. before you started making the shadow around 17 minafter you finish making the pop out screen, that screen has your logo, you didnt show how you made that.

  7. Awesome video! The longer format is sometimes needed to get the whole process through. It can help a lot to see a new technique applied from start to finish. Keep it up!

  8. after watching you tuts i design this if give a look and give your feedback

  9. Hello, i really love your content just graduate and your videos are very helpful, please if you have some spare 5 minutes check my website and give me a short feedback

  10. Excellent. I have done isometric drawings in woodworking class(very long time ago). They can be tricky. I knew it could be done in Illustrator but I never saw it taught. Great job.
    I like both formats too. The quick & dirty tips are very helpful but throw some longer ones in too. I'm all for it! Thanks again!

  11. Hi Satori, really good guide. I have a question tho.
    What if we wanted to make laptop screen look more wide open than 90 angle? 90 angle doesnt really look natural for laptop IMO. Will you be making more isometric tutorials?

  12. Should you always use the same percentage when creating an isometric grid? Is there some formula that should be followed? Or is it all guesswork?

  13. I think I do something wrong with creating the grid?
    If I put in the 57.74% it won't look squared? They look stretched?
    is there something wrong with my preferences and can anyone help me with this?

  14. How did you calcualte the 57.74%? I'm just curious is it fixed or flexible depends on the width and height? Thanks

  15. How do you make your logo ( typography ) look isometric, i tried to rotate it and then 57.74% but it look like it laying on the groud not standing up like you

  16. Thank you for this tutorial! I was very intimidated by the idea of isometric design, but this made it much easier than I was thinking it was. 🙂

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  18. You messed up the screen's dimensions.
    The top left point was up too far by one row.
    Good vid otherwise.

  19. I donno if I am missing something here or is it not that obvious but, I Have used the Effects > 3D> Extrude & Bevel without any extrude value on the rectangular grid and it worked fine for isometric grid.

  20. i hope if you can make a complex and very advanced tutorials in the feature . and all your tutorials are awesome 🙂

  21. Eh…. one tip for people using the german version of Illustrator. Do not forget that you need to write "57,74%" with a SEMICOLON instead of a dot 😉 Otherwise confusion.

  22. Great tutorial! How did you come up with the 54.74% number for the scale? The one number that I keep seeing when it comes to scaling in isometric is 86.602%

  23. Thank you for this! I've being trying to expand on my portfolio by adding some isometric pieces. I recently made a desk design, and the keyboard was a nightmare. Your method is so much easier than me using the grid to make all the keys!

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