How to Build Letter Art From
Bricks In Illustrator Alexander Egupov on Nov 7th 2011 with 13 Comments
; Program: Adobe Illustrator CS3 - CS5
; Difficulty: Intermediate
; Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours
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What You'll Be Creating
In this tutorial we’ll use 3D-rendering, Blends, and an Art Brush for creating the final brick art. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to creating various brick letters. Enhance your vector skills as a digital brick artist in today’s Illustrator tutorial. So let’s get started!
First of all create any letter using the Type Tool (T).
Go to Type > Create Outlines (Command + Shift + O).
If your letter has holes in it, then go to Object > Compound Path > Release.
Then select the outer path and go to Effect > Stylize > Round Corners.
Go to Object > Expand Appearance. Select both paths, and go to Object > Compound Path >
Make (Command + 8). Let’s name this path “The Main Letter.”
Take the Rectangular Grid Tool, click in the workspace, and set the options as shown the diagram below. Pay attention that you need to set a big enough number of vertical dividers. Let’s name the Height (pointed by an arrow in the diagram below) – “the first main result.”
Go to the Pathfinder palette and click the Divide button.
Fill the grid with orange and set the Stroke to gray.
Select only one rectangle and go to the Info palette in order to know the width of it (W-value). Divide this value by two and memorize the result. Let’s name it “the second main result.” I have received in this tutorial 12,951px.
Select the group of rectangles, copy it and paste in front (Command + C then Command + F). Then go to Object > Transform > Move, and type “the second main result” into the Horizontal position, and “the first main result” into the Vertical position. You need to achieve the following result.
Select both groups of rectangles, copy them and paste in front (Command + C then Command + F). Now go to Object > Transform > Move, and type zero into the Horizontal position, and “the first main result” multiplied by two into the Vertical position.
Now click the Copy button.
Go to Object > Transform > Transform Again (Command + D).
Repeat this action as many times as you want.
Place your letter over the brick wall.