*Minimalistic Isometric Typography.
 
 
using opo minimalistic isometric oblique typography

// New File
Launch Adobe® Illustrator® and start with the new document, let’s say 700 x 980 px, units: Pixels, RGB color model, 72ppi:

AI New Document

Note: Instead of digging through your hard drive searching for the file you have just saved (or file you have opened via Open Recent Files menu command) use Doc Revealer Tool* to quickly locate your document in Finder (mac users), Explorer (win users) or Adobe® Bridge®.

ai save as dialog box

// Start with Letters
Create a new layer: for example txt1. Make sure that txt1 is your current layer, go to Type Tool, put your text and change its font to Arial Bold, about 93pt height:

opo insert the front art text

Now we will divide the text object into multiple objects that make up its appearance.
[select the text] > Object > Expand… (expand Object, Fill)
[select the text] > Object > Ungroup
The result should be like this:

opo insert the front art text

// The Long Shadow Projection
Now we start with the projection. Go to Oblique Projection 'opo' Tool* > choose DA Transformation > type -1021 for Distance, and 35 for Angle > check Custom Projection Color option and set the fill color to RGB 51, 51, 51 and the stroke to 0, 0, 0, either by creating a new, temporary art object with the correct color settings and copying its appearance (Copy Color Properties button) or specifying it directly by its numerical values:

opo user interface: set transformation

The result should be like this:

opo long shadow oblique projection product

opo automatically creates two additional layers: one for the projection objects (txt1_PZ-) and another for the back side objects (txt1_BZ-). We don’t need the back side one – we turn it off:

opo extra layers added

// Front Art Color Appearance
Go to Layers Panel > select all objects on txt1 > go to Appearance Panel > and set both the fill and stroke color of the front art to RGB 255, 255, 255. The Stoke Weight should be 1pt:

opo applying the new front art color appearance

// Extra Tangent Points
Note that opo automatically calculates and creates extra tangent points (i.e. points at which the projection line "just touches" the curve) if necessary. This way the new projection structure perfectly matches the front art path! No gaps and no approximations - the new point perfectly fits the curve at its local maximum! Take a closer look at the new ‘C’ letter path – 2 extra points have been added to the original path:

opo extra tangent points

Please also note the details! Nothing is ‘too small’ or ‘too difficult’. Every single part of the artwork is being analyzed:

opo the artwork details

That's it! Save your work: File > Export > JPG (Use Artboards)

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