I really like to create 3D objects with "extrude and bevel" in Illustrator CC. So is there also the possibility to achieve this? (found it here)

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The objects bend over the edges and change their color. How could I do it with extrude and bevel? I tried to apply symbols, but they won't bend over the edges.

If it's not possible with extrude and bevel, what's the easiest way to do it?

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3D Extrude & Bevel → Map Art

You can achieve this with the Map Art feature of 3D Extrude & Bevel. You can only map artwork that has been created as a symbol. This gives you the advantage of being able to create your symbols, map them to your 3D object then update your symbols and automatically update your 3D object.

Create your symbols

You need to create a separate symbol for each face of your 3D object. Since you want objects that overlap the edges you need to create your symbols accordingly:

Flat 3D Map Artwork

Create your symbols by dragging the art (one face at a time) to the symbols palette.

Create the 3D Extrude

Create your 3D object (Effect → 3D → Extrude & Bevel). Use the Map Artwork... button to bring up the Map Art dialog. Toggle through each surface and select the correct symbol for that surface from the Symbol dropdown. You can transform, move, rotate & scale the symbol to fit the surface.

3D Extrude & Map Artwork Options

Final 3D Mapped Object

Final 3D Object

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    WOW! This answer is just perfect! With all the pictures and the steps, and you even made the same style in the picture. I love you CAI :)
    – Act1v
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 11:31
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    @Act1v Glad to help :)
    – Cai
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 11:37

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