What!! 3D Isometric in 2D ? Yeps, it is not a 3D Projection at all, We just need the Perspective, to create a balance Grid. So your final result looks neat.
Without Isometric style, all you need is rotating shape and text. But with Isometric you need to Skew, before Rotate the object. Skewing has a more realistic looks as its advantage, as you can see in this preview.
First create a new document.
Change the document properties to match extra large wallpaper screen size:
Default Units: px
Width: 1920 px
Height: 1080 px
Open the document properties, and create new Axonometric Grid.
Grid Units: px
Spacing Y: 32
Angle X: 30
Angle Z: 30
Major Grid: 4
Check the menu option (View - Page Grid) to see the grid in your page. Note that the Spacing and Major Grid, is flexible, you can change later. The rule is, just pick what suitable for your project. Optionally, you can also change the XML and set the grid name as ‘Isonometric’.
Prepare your Pallete. Here we are going to use Google Material Pallete.
Prepare your Snaps. By clicking the representative icons.
Snap Bounding Boxes.
Snap Nodes, Path and handles.
Create Three new Layers.
Use Background Layer as current working space. Zoom Page or click (5), and zoom out few times. We are going to make an isometric background shape using Freehand Lines (F6).
Draw Path by Pressing (F6), and snap to ‘Handle to Grid Intersection’, right in the first major grid from about left-bottom of the page. The idea is, the background should cover all the page area.
Click from node to node until you get your first diamond shape. Now you are having about 18 box x 19 box tiling. Fill with any color you desire.
Lock The Layer, after you finished.
Use Crop Layer as current working space. We need to visualize while working, on how the final result of the wallpaper, without actual cropping.
Create a rectangular inner box with dimension the same as your page. Make sure that it has no stroke color.
- X: 0px, Y: 0px, W: 1920px, H: 1080px
Create a rectangular outer box with dimension the twice as previous inner box. I’d rather duplicate, and change the dimension.
- X: -960px, Y: -540px, W: 3840px, H: 2160px
Lower Object under the inner box (Page Down). Choose both boxes, and click menu (Path - Difference) to create one hollow box.
Now that you have a hollow boxes, change its opacity to 50%.
And do not forget to lock this layer.
Save your works
Congratulation now you have a new template. Let’s save this as new document, named ‘flat-isometric-looks.svg’.
Here is our example, inspired from this Brilliant Material Design ArtWork. But this time we are going to use isometric looks.
Let’s use Wallpaper Layer as current working space.
Draw Path use Freehand Lines by Pressing (F6), and create an isometric rectangle using major grid snap, about 18 box x 2 box, of major tiling. Make sure there is no stroke color.
Draw the inner Path, about 18 major box x 6 minor box. No stroke color.
Select both, and group them, we need the outer box as snap guidance.
Set ‘Snap Bounding Box Corner’, and duplicate the first bar to fill all the backgound area.
Select all, and ungroup. Then delete all bigger bars.
Do the same thing, by duplicate and mirror. I’d rather do it from scratch.
Remove unnecessary bar. I’d rather move than remove to left or right by precise pixel, e.g 2000px right or -2000px left, just in case I need it later.
First thing first, the background, use pure white.
The rest I’m going to use Google Material Color. I like the soft color of this pallete.
Left Bar, use Grey, the inner most is the darkest. And you can use any color accent as you desire. 1: grey 500, 2: grey 600, 3: grey 700, 4: grey 800, 5: lightblue 900, 6: grey 800, 7: grey 700, 8: grey 600, 9: grey 500, 10: grey 400.
Right Bar. 1: grey 900, 2: grey 700, 3: grey 900.
Select all bars, and apply filter by click menu (Filters - Shadows and Glows - Drop Shadow)
Horizontal Offset: 20px
Vertical Offset: 20px
Shadow Type: Outer
Color: RGBA #00000080
Also change the object arrangement by select object and press (Pg Up) or (Pg Down).
This is a hard part for me, since I’m not good at poetry. I have to look on my past, just to find good words combination.
Im using Oswald Font, Bold, size 80px, and grey 50 color. You can use any font setting as you desire.
The rule is simple.
Skew: 30 Degree, then Rotate: 30 Degree, in this sequence or.
Skew: -30 Degree, then Rotate: -30 Degree, in this sequence.
Put the text on the bar using ‘Bounding box corner to grid intersection’.
Export to PNG using 90dpi to achieved 1920px width x 1080 px height.
Don’t forget to save your document.
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You can review our tutorial in this SVG source.
If you want a more realistic, leaving flat philosophy, you can add use filter to create effect, this would make the bar looks like ribbon.
You need to create a duplicate for each ribbon, so we have bottom and top ribbon.
Bottom: Filter - Shadows and Glows - Drop Shadow.
Top: Morphology - Posterized Blur
You should also darken bottom ribbon color. Suppose the ribbon have Red 800 color, the bottom color should be rised to Red 900.
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I also put two links, other examples in DeviantArt. Each with downloadable SVGs.