How to Make Chocolate in Adobe Illustrator

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How to Make Chocolate in Adobe Illustrator
You can make realistic-looking chocolate with Adobe Illustrator's 3-D Revolve tool. ( Images)

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor originally designed for easy manipulation of typesetting and the design of logos. However, since the release of Illustrator CS, the software has included the ability to work with graphics in three dimensions. With current versions, you can extrude or revolve shapes to create simple 3-D objects. It is with that ability that the creation of a photorealistic and three-dimensional fountain of chocolate becomes a matter of a few mouse clicks.

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Press the P key to select the pen tool. Set the Stroke Weight to 0.5 pt and the colour to #3B1B09.

  2. 2

    Draw a straight vertical line extending down roughly 80 per cent of the height of the canvas from the top, at a point roughly 20 per cent of the way from the left-hand corner. From that point, draw a series of small waves extending down and to the right about 80 per cent of the way to the bottom right corner.

  3. 3

    Create another small vertical line segment with the pen as close as you can get it to the existing line without touching it, on its left side. Have it start about halfway down the vertical line and extend it only for a small portion of its length.

  4. 4

    Select both of the lines, right-click in the canvas and group them together.

  5. 5

    Select "Effect" from the top navigational menu, then select "3D" and "Revolve" from the submenu.

  6. 6

    Set the perspective value to 50 in the 3-D Revolve Options box. Set the X-rotation to -26, the Y-rotation to -29 and the Z-rotation to 7. Click "OK" to apply the effects and close the box. You have now created a three-dimensional flowing pool of chocolate-coloured liquid dripping from a source above the canvas.

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