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How would one go about creating a lined 3D effect as shown in the image below?

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  • Copy original shape
  • paste behind
  • move pasted shape so it is offset from original shape
  • fill pasted shape with pattern
  • adjust edges of pasted shape to align with original path.


You never need to create a diagonal line pattern in Illustrator. Simply create a vertical or horizontal line pattern, then apply it to a shape and use Object > Transform > Rotate. Untick the Transform Objects box (the Transform Patterns box will auto-tick) and enter the angle you want the lines. This is much easier than creating actual angled patterns. (Photoshop can't do this in case anyone is wondering).

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Thank you! Really appreciate this. – Chris Burton Apr 26 '13 at 19:23

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