Video tutorial: Transform flat letters into 3D type in Illustrator CS6

Illustrator CS6’s new feature for applying gradients across strokes is a quick and effective way to transform a simple path into a complex shape. You can add depth to an illustration and even quickly create 3D type that pops with the Pen tool. Gradients can be applied along the length, width or within a stroke.

This new feature gives you complete control over gradient placement and opacity, so you can now use strokes rather than fills for sophisticated artwork.

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