Isometric projection is a 3d method, being a form of ortographic projection; representing a 3 dimensional object in 2 dimensions.
In a bit simpler english; we can make 2d objects easily converted to 3d objects by adding equally measured perspectives. That’s what we will do to create our 3d vector icon =)
Here is what we will try to achieve:
1– Okay. To do that, we will need a square first.
Open a new Illustrator document, preferably in cmyk color and draw a 100pt x 100pt square:
2– Next, we will need to duplicate that square 2 times to prepare the front left and front right sides of the box imitation:
3– Now we will rotate our top side isometrically to build the top side of the box.
To do that, let’s go to effect > 3d > rotate > select isometric top:
4– Ok now let’s do the same for the front left side with one difference; the rotation will be isometric left:
5– Same goes for the fron right side; rotating isometric right:
6– Now let’s object > expand appearance them to make the 3d rotated sides more editable:
7– We can now put them all together, to form a box:
Since we are almost done with the basic shape, we can move along with the effects to apply on it.