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How to Create Isometric Text in Affinity Designer
  • By Design Bundles
  • 12 Jul 2021
  • 9 Mins
  • Affinity Tutorials

How to Create Isometric Text in Affinity Designer

Isometric Text or Perspective Text can be daunting to create, but Affinity Designer offers a simple way to get great effects with this type of text.
In this lesson, we'll be using the font Cedric which is available in the Plus Member Section, and Bohema Spirit which is available for purchase on Font Bundles.

Step 1. Open a New Document

You can create your document any size but make sure you give yourself plenty of space to work. I chose to create a 5000 pixel square document.
Affinity Designer New Document

Step 2. Create Your Isometric Grid

Step 1. Open the Grid and Axis Manager

You'll need a grid to work with your text. Open up the View menu and then go to Grid and Axis Manager.
Affinity Designer Grid and Axis Menu

Step 2. Select Your Settings

Click on Show Grid to make the grid visible. Select Advanced to see more settings. Select Isometric for the Grid Type, and set your spacing settings to 256 px.  The spacing settings can be changed based on the look of the text you want. Lastly, you can change the color of your grid lines if you want to at the bottom of the window. Click on Create Plane Set and then Close.
Affinity Designer Grid and Axis Settings

Step 3. Add Your Text

Type out your wording in the Cedric font. Isometric text looks better when there is more space between the letters so adjust the kerning and spacing to your liking.
Affinity Designer Type Out Text

Step 4. Put Your Text On the Plane

Select your wording and then make sure that the top plane is selected within the Isometric window and then click Fit To Plane.
Affinity Designer Fit To plane

Step 5. Converting to Curves

Select the text then go to the Layer menu and select Convert To Curves. This will change your text from an editable text to a group of curves.
Affinity Designer Convert To Curves

Step 6. Extruding The Text

First, duplicate your text layer. Then zoom in really close on the top left corner of the text and whilst holding down the Shift key, drag the top layer up by a few pixels. You can also Nudge the top layer up with the arrow keys.
Affinity Designer Duplicate Layer
Affinity Designer Move Layer Up Close up

Step 7. Power Duplicate the Text

Affinity Designer has a Power Duplicate feature. After duplicating a layer and moving it any layer that you duplicate after that will have the same properties. CTRL+J or CMD+J is the keyboard shortcut for Power Duplicate. Add as many layers as you need to get the look you are going for.
Affinity Designer Power Duplicate

Step 8. Change the Fill Color on the Top Layer

Select the top layer in the Layers panel and change the fill color to see your perspective text.
Affinity Designer Change Fill on Top layer

Step 9. Ungroup the Text

Hide the top layer by clicking on the check box in the Layers panel. Select all the other layers by dragging your mouse around the entire design. Go to the Layer menu and select Ungroup All.
Affinity Designer Ungroup All

Step 10. Weld the Individual Letters

Drag your mouse around all the layers of the first letter in the text.  Go to the Boolean Operations buttons and select Add. Do the same thing for each individual layer. You can hide layers as you go to make it easier if you wish.
Affinity Designer Add Layers

Step 11. Cleaning Up Nodes

If you zoom in on your design, you will notice that some of the edges look jagged on the letters. We can fix that by node editing.
Affinity Designer Jagged Edges
Affinity Designer Jagged Edges Closeup

Step 12. Deleting the Extra Nodes

Select the Node Editing tool. You can find this in the left-hand toolbar depicted by a small white solid arrow. Click on the letter you want to edit, and you will see all the extra nodes that can be removed. Highlight them and hit delete. Do the same process with all the other letters.
Affinity Designer Deleting nodes
Affinity Designer Smooth Edge

Step 13. Edit the Top Layer

Make your top layer visible again, and you will see that it's not quite lined up with the solid part of the text. You can either hold down Shift and drag it down to line up, or you can Nudge it down with the arrow keys.
Affinity Designer Top Layer Gap
Affinity Designer Nudge Top Layer Down

Step 14. Finishing the Design

From here you can make any changes you want. You might want to add some additional text or change fill colors. You may have to do some additional welding or grouping depending on what you decide to do with the final design. I chose to add some extra text, colors, and a gradient background to the finished design.
Isometric Text Finished Design
If you enjoyed this tutorial or are new to Affinity Designer and want to know more, make sure to check out some of our other tutorials like how to put text in shapes, how to make a gradient and everything you need to know about the preferences panel.

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