Designing cut files can be a tricky process—designing them to be made into three-dimensional objects can be an absolute headache. And while going over all the steps and mental processes that need to happen in order to turn a concept into a 3D reality warrants its own series, I thought I would take some time to go through a few of the fundamental tools you can utilize if you’re interested in 3D cut file design. Check out my latest tutorial, and learn the basics of designing 3D cut files in Adobe Illustrator.
It’s not uncommon for me to receive a message that goes something like this, “I love your paper lantern designs! I’d like to learn how to make some myself. Can you tell me how you do it?”
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is incredibly complicated, and not something I could ever really explain through email or a DM. My paper lanterns take me 6+ hours to design; and that doesn’t include any revamping that may be required if the cut doesn’t turn out the way I had expected OR the assembly/photography process afterword.
BUT I do like to try and help anybody I can who is interested in learning new design skills. So, that’s why I decided that this tutorial could be a good place to start.
The main tools you will be using:
I hope you’ve found this video about the basics of designing 3D cut files useful! Give it a try, and let me know how your cute little box turns out. And, as always, if you have any questions or suggestion for topics you’d like to see me cover, be sure to let me know!
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