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How do I create Mexican hat potential figure in Illustrator using 3D Map Art?

This is what I'm trying to create in Illustrator. (for those interested, it's a graph of a Mexican hat potential function) Here's what I've done so far, using Illustrator's 3D->Revolve and Map Art....
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How to change the perspective of an image in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I have a site screen shot(like this - http://d.pr/i/KxHN), and i want to rotate it to "perspective view" like the below image. How i can do that? Google hinted nothing about this problem.
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Is it possible to create 3D red/cyan anaglyphs in a hand drawing?

There are plenty tutorials online on how to create 3D red/cyan anaglyphs from existing photos in Photoshop or similar software. However, I'm wondering if it is possible to draw a 3D image by hand on ...
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Which software renders a planar projection of a 3D object as a vector graphic?

I would like to create two-dimensional projections of three-dimensional geometrical objects. The drawings should be in a vector format, SVG or PDF, which can be imported by Inkscape or Adobe ...
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How to make this 3D photo wall effect in Photoshop?

How can I create a photo wall effect similar to this with Photoshop CS6? I tried with Warp, but it looks so bad and it's nowhere near comparsion. I also tried with Edit->Transform->...
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What are some good tips on how to extrude text in Adobe Illustrator?

I'm bit of a newbie in Adobe Illustrator and have been learning the application by trying to follow some tutorials and recreating some cool stuff I come across on the web. That being said, I'm ...
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How can I easily apply an embossed texture to a surface in a 3D model?

I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to create an embossed texture. A picture worth thousands words, so please check this image: You can see on the upper sole that the surface has a "...
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Is there a name to define a 3D scene design from a fixed angle?

Is there a name to refer to this kind of (computer) drawing style: which resemble a little bit of the Portal 2 trailer style. Is there any name to refer to this particular type of design. If so,...
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What does the term raster and vector apply to?

Are the term raster and vector only applicable to 2d graphics? The rendered image format might be one way to distinguish them but what about a program like blender? If they can be classified as ...
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How can I display sound distortion through images?

I've become very fascinated with the idea of digital destruction through a physical medium. There was PBS video on youtube How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful? Example Pieces: Cultural ...
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How to proportionately rescale a 3D model by a specified amount in Maya? [closed]

I'm working with Maya for a uni course and still really green with it. I've got (what is probably) a fairly simple issue. So apologies if this is really basic. Basically we've been building a ...
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How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere?

I am looking for help with creating spherical map similar to provided in picture: the 6 parts spherical map image setup (bent): I want to put together a promotional balloon vinyl,and I want to ...
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“Fake” 3d effect in Photoshop/Illustrator with raster images [duplicate]

I need to create a "fake" 3D effect for some raster image, like this one below: do you know how I can achieve this in Photoshop (CS5) or Illustrator? Thanks.
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How do designers render their work onto an iPhone/Android?

Before you down vote, bare with me as I'm a developer! I've always been curious how designers render their work onto a phone to show their customers how it may look on the phone, for example: (...
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Waveform, polygonal?

I have no idea what they call this so I'm not having much success with searching. But lets start with an example at this site: Any idea how to make the choppy sea like wave they're using? I had ...
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Illustrator 3D Extrude Pipe Elbow

I'm trying to create a 3D extrude of an ABS pipe elbow like this: Large image. Although it can be solid, isn't necessary for a hollow pipe. I created a doughnut from two ellipses (one deleted ...
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How should I get started if I want to work as a 3D designer for games?

I graduated from college with a degree in math-computer science and have been working in the subd/cad industry for 1 year. My company attends siggraph every year and after going this year, I was ...
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How to render a 3D model like a blue sci-fi hologram?

In IronMan 3, Eve-Online, or Star Trek, 3D models render in a bluish fashion. Examples: Is there a simple way to achieve this result with my own models? I typically use Blender, but if it is ...
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Is it necessary to be good at drawing, to develop good 3D digital design skills for modeling and animation?

I want to make 3D animation films. Not as hi-fi as Disney and Pixar of course, but as close to them as an indie animator can get. I'm good (not enviable, just plain good) at drawing things on paper ...
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How to create an extruded halftone effect in illustrator or photoshop

I saw this photo on Smashing Magazine: Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Viktor Hertz And I was wondering how I can make a similar effect with the halftones extruding into 3D like it is shown. I don'...
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How-to hand drawn 3D effect

I'm trying to get my head around why the below drawing creates the illusion of 3D. I want to know how this is done. Thanks.
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Why do I have to use a gamma of 2.2 when using a JPEG picture?

During the rendering process, the texture file has a gamma of 2.2. But the plain colors do not need this gamma correction, especially if the RGB values are from a spectral characterization. So why do ...
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Create equirectangular/sphere projection map

I have what is apparently called an equirectangular projection of the world. I can use the 3D functionality of Photoshop to use this as a texture for a globe, by creating a sphere mesh; or I can use "...
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Designing 2D graphics in 3D first

Just wondering if it is a standard or common practice to design 2D graphics (e.g. logo) in 3D first and output as a 2D image? I have been working on some design projects where I feel like this is the ...
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Illustrator 3D extrude on text misses faces

I am attempting to create 3D text in Adobe Illustrator CS5 in OSX using the 3D Extrude and Bevel effect. The problem is that if I only rotate the text on one axis, in this case the X axis and then ...
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Which program to use for a 3D logo

I am starting to develop a logo, but I want to know the best medium to work with. The size of the logo should never have to exceed 500 x 500 pixels, so I'm not sure if that should be taken into ...
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3D objects with raised border in illustrator

I'm trying to make something similar to this in illustrator using the 3D feature. What I'm strugling with is getting the border to be raised relative to the base of the tray. I start off with a ...
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How to create wireframes in Blender 3D

I have just gotten Blender 3D, and was wondering how to create a wireframe. Could someone please guide me on how to do this?
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What is the term for 3D printing, the kind with red and blue glasses?

I've been trying to find a a company that can print our invitations in 3D. When I Google it, it only shows me "pop-up" invitations which is not what I'm looking for. Is there a better term to search ...
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Illustrator CS5 brick pattern with perspective

I created a curving arrow shape that starts wide at the bottom and thins out near the top where the point is. I also created a brick pattern swatch but when I apply it to the shape it appears like the ...
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Spacetime Fabric Curvature

I'm using Illustrator to create a 10x10 grid that I wish to manipulate so I can achieve this effect: But I'm unsure how to do it. Using the various Warp filters does not achieve the result I need, ...
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How to apply twist deformer but keep shape of spheres

So I have the following image: I created three spheres, placed them in a cloner and applied the twist deformer. I then repeated this for the opposite side. Essentially the helix structure in the ...
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What are some good tools to create 3D icons?

I really like icons like those created by SoftFacade.com: I read the interview from one of their founders, where he mentions that they use "3d tools" without going into specifics. Now I am looking ...
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How can I create a realistic 3D texture in Photoshop or Illustrator

Does anyone know how I can create this kind of texture in Photoshop or Illustrator ? I've tried the Bevel & Emboss filters in Photoshop (and drop shadow, inner shadow etc.) and also the 3D ...
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Flash CS6 How to create 3D extruded text?

Anyone know of some tutorials or walk-throughs on how to animate 3D rotated/transformed text in Flash Professional CS6? I cant seem to find any. (Googled) I am trying to make an animation of some ...
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Build a surface using a line directed by circles in catia

I am trying to make a new design for a water canteen on CATIA. I'm trying to rotate the orange line in the figure around the two circles at each end to form the outer surface of the bottle. I'm not ...
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Creating a meridian globe vector

I'm looking to recreate a simple vector image of a globe with meridians in Illustrator CS5. I tried using the Revolve tool and then applying a grid as Map art, but the result was weak. I know I can ...
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Can photoshop wrap 2D image around entire custom shaped 3D object?

I've been playing around editing textures for some video game objects. I recently discovered that I could use "Merge Down" to put a 2D image over the 3D object and translate that to the texture. My ...
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Which software should be used for simulating light beam reflection from headlight reflector?

We are designing car headlight reflectors. The most important thing that we need to do is to design the curvature of the reflector so that all the light from bulb is reflected onto a specific and ...
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Google Cardboard Design Lab - design style

What method was used to generate this look? I am particularly referring to the "tessellation" (?) that got them the triangled / polygon look and feel to the scenes. Credit goes to UsTwo and the demos ...
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How can I create a photo-realistic cylindrical 3D object?

I am trying to achieve something similar to the following photo-realistic image in Photoshop: So far, I have tried copying and pasting a basic object, then distorting it and applying new layer ...
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3D character modeling tool

I am working on building a Strategy Game (it will be in 2.5D), and for graphic design part we are using Illustrator and Photoshop for designing (including designing characters). Now we want to start ...
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Easiest way to wrap label around an existing bottle / can

I'm trying to add a label to a can in Adobe Illustrator CS6. I've seen tutorials on how to create the bottle using 3D revolve and then map the art (using a symbol) to the 3D object. The problem is, I ...
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How to add a color to 3D surface in illustrator?

I'm trying to create something with 3D, never used this feature before. I'm trying to change the grey surface to a gradient. How can it be done? This is what I'm looking at Thanks
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Which software to use for easy 3D shapes?

I am basically looking for a software (free for students) to have mechanical 3D features (extrude, fillet, etc) and very basic animation capabilities (like different positions for a membrane to open ...
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How can I extrude in 3d based on color

I have a design. Some parts of it are white, I want to extrude everything except the white. The white, will be holes. This cannot be done manually, it must be done by color white. What tool is the ...
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In Photoshop, how can I manipulate flat text in a 3D environment while keeping text editable?

As shown in this image, I have a stock photo of a calendar (viewed from an angle). I then created a layer of text using a handwriting font. I've been trying to use the 3D mode within Adobe ...
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How to create a 3D pixel art style extruded cube design?

How to design the 3D red cube in the 1st poster? (Love the design!) http://www.coroflot.com/kevinburke/Posters Of course, they have mentioned that they used Pixel Art, Maya etc, but is it possible ...
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How can I get rid of a visual flaw in my logo. It appears to be coming from 3D effect

I'm creating a logo that is text-based. When I add the 3D Bevel and Extrude effect, it makes an odd-looking glitch on one of the letters. This logo is something I created in Photoshop then had to ...
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Given one exact measurement, how can I use it to measure the rest?

I'm asking how to use a given measurement to create a custom scale that I can use to accurately measure the rest. I have a vector file that looks like: I wish to measure parts of the car, to build ...