BLEND TOOL – Create Tubular Effects (Adobe Illustrator Video Tutorial)

BLEND TOOL / Create Tubular Effects

In this Illustrator video tutorial, we’ll create a 3D tubular text effect using the BLEND TOOL in Adobe Illustrator. Create any custom text using the Pen or Pencil tool and apply this 3D tube effect to the letters. If you like typography effects and Adobe Illustrator, this tutorial is right for you!

With some gradients and shapes we’ll use the Blend Tool and add the effect to text. We’ll learn how to adjust the Blend Tool Settings and create awesome 3d Tube effects when applied to type. Check out the video now to see the whole process.

Also check out my Blend Tool Tips Article or How to Create a Tubular Ampersand.

Here are some 3D Tube Text Effect examples that were created with the Blend Tool:

The Blend Tool can also create neat geometric gradient patterns. Learn how to do that in another tutorial “Create Geometric Gradient Patterns”

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Simona Pfreundner has been teaching Adobe Creative Suite since 2008 through written tutorials, instructional video courses and classroom teaching. With 15 years experience in the graphic design field as an agency, in-house and freelance designer, her love for art and drawing has enabled her develop an approachable and intuitive style of teaching that helps people learn graphic design software in a fun and easy way.


  1. Hi Simona!
    I just discovered your blog last night and I cannot stop reading! All the tutorials are super informative and easy to follow! I definitely have to keep practicing mesh tool – your designs look very realistic! Also would love to pomp up my creativity and find time to create some isometric art.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Big big thumbs up !!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! This means the world to me and makes me super happy to see that the tutorials I make are of such great use! Thank you again!

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