How do you achieve this effect, I tried the 3D effect but I wasn't able to get the same results with it.

I also tried the pen tool but again wasn't successful at it.

I am using Adobe Illustrator.

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    It's simply drawn. An isometric grid may have been utilized, but that's not necessarily mandatory.
    – Scott
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 21:15
  • @Scott Thank you, that link helped a lot
    – abdo
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 23:28

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Notice how all lines are either vertical or rotated 45°. This image follow a regular square grid, so it's easy to construct manually.

  • Enter Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid to set up the grid as you prefer. (Here I'm in a print document and have set Grid > Gridline every to 10 mm.)

  • Make sure the grid is visible with View > Show Grid.

  • Make sure everything snaps to the grid by turning on View > Snap to Grid.

  • Select a black stroke and no fill.

  • Select a proper stroke width and make sure the caps are set to Round Cap so the ends of all lines fit neatly together.

  • Select the Line Segment Tool and simple draw the shape line by line. (For each line I draw, I Ctrl + left click the artboard to deselect the last line.)

(By the way, notice how this object isn't fully closed and thereby isn't really a well-defined 3D object, but has a bit of optical illusion to it.)

  • You should disable shape widgets then you dont need to do the unselect dance. Just drag and drag
    – joojaa
    Commented Jul 11, 2021 at 23:03
  • @joojaa, oh you don't like my moves? Disabling corner widgets doesn't seem to do any difference, but disabling bounding box does work. Thanks.
    – Wolff
    Commented Jul 11, 2021 at 23:53
  • not corner widgets shape widgets
    – joojaa
    Commented Jul 12, 2021 at 11:17

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