This tutorial will teach you how to make a 3D embossed paper texture in Adobe Illustrator. This technique works from Illustrator CS5 to CC. You will be mimicking a texture that resembles a series of raised squares/circles on a sheet of paper. I will show you how to make three different textures and the general principle of the 3D effect.
For this tutorial you will learn how to use:
– Gaussian blur
– Grid tools
Note that the snapping to grid edges issue is common to all versions of illustrator. Simply move your shape away from one of the edges and it’ll snap normally.