How to Draw a 3-D Outlined Ribbon in Illustrator

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Drawing a 3D outlined ribbon in Illustrator is a great way to get experience with concepts like depth and dimension. Draw a 3D outlined ribbon in Illustrator with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Hi. My name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist. I'm going to show you how to make 3-D ribbons in Adobe Illustrator. So the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to select a color I want my ribbon, so I've already done that. But what I've done is I've actually filled my stroke line, pardon me my stroke color and not my fill color. So just make sure that your stroke color is filled. And then you can draw a line in the shape you want your ribbon. And make sure it's relatively thin, so like two or even one points. And then select your ribbon, and go to effect, 3-D, extrude & bevel, and from here, select preview. You'll see right away your ribbon. And you can change, here you can change which way it's facing. I like that. That will change the other ones. Actually, that's the best one so far. And you can change the extrude depth. So I'm going to change it to 40. This is a little bit thinner. And you can also choose the kind of shading you want. So I'm just going to stick with plastic shading. And you say OK. And there you've got your 3-D ribbon. My name is Alex and this is how you make a 3-D ribbon in Adobe Illustrator. Thank you.

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