How to Make 3D Boxes in Illustrator

Learn how to make 3D boxes in Illustrator with this easy-to-follow tutorial. You’ll be able to create realistic 3D boxes for your illustrations in no time!

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In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to make 3D boxes in Illustrator. We’ll start by creating a basic box, then we’ll add some dimension by extruding the sides of the box. We’ll also learn how to add a lid to our box. Finally, we’ll learn how to add color and texture to give our box a realistic look.

What You’ll Need

In order to make 3D boxes in Illustrator, you will need a basic understanding of the software’s interface and capabilities. You’ll also need a few basic supplies, including:
-Adobe Illustrator
-Cardstock or construction paper
-Tape or glue

Once you have gathered your supplies, you are ready to get started!

Step One: Create the Box

This is a quick and easy way to create 3D boxes in Illustrator.

With the Rectangle Tool (M), create a square. I’m using a 70 x 70 px square, but you can use whatever size you like. Just remember that all sides need to be the same length.

Next, we’re going to give our box some depth. To do this, go to Effect > 3D > Revolve. In the Revolve Options window that appears, change the Axis drop-down menu from Y to X. This will make it so our box revolves around the horizontal axis instead of the vertical axis.

Now, change the Angle to -90° and check the Preview box to see what your box will look like. If you’re happy with it, click OK.

Step Two: Create the Lid

Now that you’ve created the box, it’s time to create the lid. First, you’ll need to create a new layer on top of the box layer. Then, using the Rectangle Tool (M), draw a rectangle that covers the top of the box. Make sure that the rectangle is slightly bigger than the opening of the box so that it can overlap the sides.

Step Three: Add the Finishing Touches

Now that your 3D box is complete, it’s time to add the finishing touches. In this final step, you will learn how to add shadows and highlights to give your box more dimension and make it look more realistic.

1. First, create a new layer on top of your 3D box layer. Then, use a soft black brush to paint a shadow along the bottom edge of your box.

2. Next, create another new layer and use a soft white brush to paint a highlight along the top edge of your box.

3. Finally, add a few more details such as a label or pattern on the sides of your box. And that’s it! You now know how to create 3D boxes in Illustrator.


In conclusion, making 3D boxes in Illustrator is a relatively easy process. With the help of some basic steps and a little bit of creativity, you can create some amazing 3D boxes that will add a whole new dimension to your artwork.

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