I'm trying to make isometric figures in illustrator, but drawing themselves are a really hard job to do just by the eye. For example I want a "T" drawn shape to be like the right one (I made this myself just so I could show you what I wanted to create), but when I make this a "3D object" I get the left figure, is there any way you can get just the strokes on the shape? Thanks!

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  • Actually, drawing yourself is probably less work than extruding it. But here is a trick that might make you even faster. Although i think drawing to a grid is not really worth it. – joojaa Nov 29 '18 at 20:54

Make a T with a color fill and no stroke:

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Apply the 3D Extrude & Bevel effect with Wireframe as a surface:

Extrude & Bevel

  • Menu Object > Expand Appearance
  • Menu Object > Clipping Mask > Edit Contents > Delete
  • Pres Cmd+Y Mac or Ctrl+Y Win
  • Select the T shape
  • Pres Cmd+Y Mac or Ctrl+Y Win
  • Apply a stroke width and a color
  • Select the interior shapes with the Direct Selection Tool and delete them


  • Select each shape, fill them and send it back or front to get the final T

Final T

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    Thank you so much, exactly what I needed. Really appreciate it. I think it's kinda stupid how they make it so complex, but luckily there's a way to do it! Thanks again :) – Vitalie Rosescu Nov 29 '18 at 23:39

You can leave the object as merely a stroke. Just click the More Options Button in the 3D Effect Dialog Window and change the Shading Color to none (or something other than the default black).

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Leaving the base object as only a stroked path, it allows you to alter the stroke weight in order to change the thickness of the front face on the 3D object. The only difference in the below image is the stroke weight on the object.

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Or change the stroke color to alter the object's color:

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