Vector Brick Wall in Illustrator

1 - In Illustrator, create a “New Document”.

2 - Go to View > Rulers > Show Rulers (Command/Control + R) to enable them and make sure that “Smart Guides” are enabled too (Command/Control + U).

3 - Select the “Rectangular Grid Tool” (on recent versions of Photoshop you can find it in the “Line Segment Tool ()” drop down menu). Click inside the “Canvas” and input the following values to create a line of “Bricks” that covers almost the entire length of the document.

4 -With them still selected, head to the “Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Divide”.

5 - Change the “Stroke” color to a medium shade of Grey (we used one from the “Swatches Panel”) and the “Fill” color to a medium shade of “Orange” (we used one from the “Swatches Panel”.

6 - Double-Click on top of one of the rectangles to enter “Isolation Mode”, then open the “Info Panel” and check the “Width”. Write it down and divide it by 2. Write down that number too. To exit “Isolation Mode”, click on the left facing arrow on the top as many times as needed.

7 - Select everything and make a “Copy” (Command/Control + C), then “Paste in Front” (Command/Control + F).

8 - Go to Object > Transform > Move and use the resulting number of the brick’s “Width” by 2 as the “Horizontal” value and the “Height” of the brick as the “Vertical” value.

9 - Select everything and make a “Copy” (Command/Control + C), then “Paste in Place” (Command/Control + P). Or you can use “Paste in Front”.

10 - Go to Object > Transform > Move and use 0 as the “Horizontal” value and 2 * the “Height” of the brick as the “Vertical” value. In our case it was 6 so the resulting value was 12.

11 - Now go to Object > Transform > Transform Again (Command/Control + D) and repeat as many times as needed to fill the “Document”.

12 - Let’s resize the wall a bit for the next step. Select everything and click on one of the corners while holding the “Shift” key, then drag a bit to the center to reduce the wall a bit. Right-Click on top and choose “Group”.

13 - Select everything and make a “Copy” (Command/Control + C), then “Paste in Front” (Command/Control + F). Make the “Stroke” color a medium shade of Grey (we used one from the “Swatches Panel”) and NO “Fill” color.

14 - Click on the small arrow on the top-left side of the “Layer” to show its contents, hide the top group “Grey” by clicking on the small eye icon on the left side of its thumbnail. and select the bottom “Group” (Orange). Whit it selected, go to Effect > 3D > Extrude & Bevel, use 12 as the “Extrude Depth” value and click the “More Options” button. Use 256 “Blend Steps”, then click OK.

15 - Un-Hide the top “Group”, select it and go to Effect > Apply Extrude & Bevel (Command/Control + E).

16 - Go to Object > Expand Appearance, then right-click on top and “Ungroup” 3 times.

17 - Select all the unwanted grey portions (use the “Shift” key) and delete them. The idea is to remain with only the ones between bricks (like the cement). You can download a “Script” to help you with the tedious selection process if you want. Check out this Tutorial if you need more information (Installing Scripts in Illustrator)

18 - There may be some portions that need to be added. “Copy” (Command/Control + C), then “Paste” (Command/Control + V) another vector and place them where needed. You can use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to modify them.

19 - Select one vector and head to Select > Same > Fill Color to select all the grey vectors. Then, head to the “Pathfinder Panel” and choose “Unite”. In the “Transparency Panel” lower the “Opacity” to 50%.

20 - Again, use the “Direct Selection Tool” (A) to “Fix” the portions that ended up outside the bricks. Do this all around the “Wall”. You may need to use the “Add or Delete Anchor Point tool” (+ or -) in some places to make it easy to modify the paths.

21 - Select the “Orange” Group and go to Object > Expand Appearance, then and make a “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and “Paste in Front” (Command/Control + F). Right-click on top and “Ungroup” 3 times.

22 - Select one vector and head to Select > Same > Fill Color to select all the orange vectors. Change the “Fill” to a “Linear Gradient” starting from the currently used orange shade to a lighter one.

23 - You can select some “Bricks” and delete them to give a nice effect.

24 - Make sure you only select the bottom “Orange Group” and head to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow and use the following values (Multiply, 35%, 0, 2,2, Color: #000000):

25 - Check it out!

by @lornacane

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