Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm trying to create something with 3D, never used this feature before. I'm trying to change the grey surface to a gradient. How can it be done?

This is what I'm looking at

enter image description here Thanks

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Create a Symbol for your gradient (just a rectangle with the gradient applied will do fine). You can then apply your symbol to one of the object surfaces using Map Art... in the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options.

Use Scale to Fit to stretch the gradient to the correct size of the suface. You'll have to do this for every surface on your shape.

enter image description here

a gradient applied to the sides

share|improve this answer
Ahh yes, the ever tasteful rainbow gradient :) – Johannes Feb 12 '14 at 18:16

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.