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How do draw 3D arrows?

I'm using Illustrator CS2 to create some graphics. In one of my graphics I'd like to use a "3D" arrow lying on the ground as shown in the following example: I want to draw arrows just like in the ...
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Turn die-line into 3D mock-up

If I have a 2D die-line of a product. What's the quickest way to turn it into a 3D mock-up? Preferably it should output to a popular 3D format like 3ds Max. Here's an example of the kind of dieline ...
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Inkscape: How to create this 3D/fold effect?

is there a built-in filter or extension in Inkscape to create a similar fold/3D effect? I mean the appearance simulating a foldout leaflet/brochure. Thanks for any hints!
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How to make logo more 3D while flat?

This is actually the very first logo I've designed (for my imaginary company). I'd like to bring the optical illusion (look closely, it looks like a cube) up a bit, without any radical 3d bevels or ...
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How to create a 3D effect in Inkscape as required by the Android Design Guidelines?

In the Iconography section if the Android Design Guide they describe the following style that should be used for Launcher Icons: Use a distinct silhouette. Three-dimensional, front view, ...
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Can I recreate a model and post it?

Can I create a 3d model from pictures that are available on the internet and put it into a small animation and post it on YouTube? For example I want to create a 3d model of a car from images found on ...
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Is there a way to trace objects to get this old fashion 3D effect?

Just like the question says. Here's the video. It's from a recent Progressive commercial. Is there a way to do this, preferably in Illustrator, without drawing the outline by hand?
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Which program is used to create these effects? (see example within)

http://www.mynuvia3.com There's an animation on the front page and eventually I'd like to make something like that. I don't know where to start though. Which program(s) could be used to make such ...
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Is there a way to extrude an image in Photoshop?

I want to create a new icon for my application according to the new Android Design Guidelines. Is there any way to get my 2D silhouette and automatically extrude it to create the 3D effect?
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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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What program can I use to convert a 2D industrial design plan to 3D model?

I'm currently working on a project to make a metal part. I have designed a 2D plan and I was wondering if there was a software out there that would enable me to transform my 2D plan into a 3D model. ...
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Popular 3D model file format which can be edited (and offline batch-rendered) by free tools?

I'm architecting a software project which involves 3D graphics and will soon need to select a 3D modeler to build some models for us. I'm trying to figure out what file format I should require the ...
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Creating this 3d map perspective?

I am trying to create a custom image overlay on leaflet.js. For sake of learning something new, I am trying to lay over the co-ordinates on a 3D-looking map. For example (the map inside the red ...
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Photoshop 3d extrusion renders pixelated paths

I used photoshops cs6 3d extrusion on a path I created with angled lines and the paths are jagged / pixelated. Is there a fix for this that anyone knows of? See the issue here: pixlated 3d arrow
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How to import .obj files into Maya 2011?

I'm using 123D (a great 3D suite from Autodesk) that generates .obj files. I'm trying to open them in Maya 2011, but to no avail. It's strange because both applications are from Autodesk, yet they ...
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Critique: Chromosphere Labs logo design (3D view?)

I'm starting a business (Chromosphere Labs) and I am dabbling with creating a logo for it. After reading Paul Rand's Logos, Flags, and Escutcheons, I realized that I don't really need a logo that ...
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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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Photoshopping text on cable

For a mockup, I need to add some text to a photo of a piece of cable. It has to look like the text is printed directly on the cable. So far I've tried to do it in Photoshop. I drew a path along the ...
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Cannot freeze transformations in Maya

I'm trying to freeze transforms in Maya, for an object that has animated children, but is not animated itself. (Explanation will follow in detail) First of all, is this possible? Because it should ...
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How to change my manipulator to global?

Can I know how to change the manipulator from the current local status to global? Unable to do it via clicking right button and getting the local/global options (the option doesn't appear). Please ...
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MAYA: Mirror image creates line at the center of my object

I'm trying to learn modeling in Maya at Digital-tutors and I'm stuck at one point. I'm modeling an aircraft and made half of it and then mirror imaged. In the tutorial there is no problem, but with ...
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Creating 3D halftone wavy effect using any tool

I am looking to reproduce this effect. I've scoured the internet, but couldn't find any plugin/tutorial that replicates this exact effect.
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What software is used to create 3D architectural diagrams?

One day i visit this Denmark based architectural firm website, i see those clean presentations, which got me wonder what kind of software did they use to creating such illustration? it seems like a 3D ...
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Mapping a 2d image to a pseudo 3d

Hi I am unsure what to call this technique that Live2D uses and I wanted get some more information about it. Here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW6Yrxnn5dM You can see how they add the ...
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Designing a laser cut cube

I'm designing the net of a cube that can be laser cut such that it fits together seamlessly. I know this can be done, and I've seen a couple of examples on the net. I have made the net with a jig saw ...
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How to convert an Illustrator file to a 3D model?

I have been trying to convert an illustrator file to a 3D model for a few hours now, but I keep coming across the same errors. I am using Maya, but I wouldn't mind using 3DS Max if it would fix my ...
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How can I rotate (twist) a particle field in 3D Studio Max?

I have a particle array emitting from an orb rising out of "goop" that I want to twist as they emit, to where it forms a tornado like effect around the object. How can the PArray be modified to do ...
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How to start with Blender?

I'm very interested in animation however I only have a little bit experience in Flash Pro. I would like to start from Blender and how to make easy models then go higher and higher. Is there any book ...
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How can I create and batch this 3d planes effect?

I am originally a programmer, so I don't have much experience in Photoshop. I have always wondered how to display all layers as multiple 3D-planes (see below). Do I have to use a plugin or macros? I ...
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Are there any grids to help represent 3D dimensions in Photoshop?

If I try to create a 3D effect in Photoshop (or on paper), I always get it wrong. I remember how easy it was to create cubes in graph paper, but hard in plain paper. I wonder is there are any grids ...
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Illustrator 3D extrude and bevel problem

Right, sorry if the pictures are a bit small, but look at the group on the right where I'm previewing a 3D effect. Notice how there are three turquoise stripes running along it. (You can look at ...
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Remove transparent when rotate 3D ps6

I have 3D image and this is several 3D layers merged in one. But when I try to rotate it layers become transparent What I should do if I want to remove this "transparent effect"?
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stereoscopic illustration

I want to convert my illustration (created with AI) into stereo 3d (Red/cyan anaglyph). I basically want to assign depths to each object relative to each other in postcard fashion and then generate ...
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Method for Wrapping Around a Design into a Book Cover form?

Is there any method for wrapping a design into a book cover form (3D-like)? I mean wrapping a single rectangular design to cover & spine & back. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
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FBX Export Plugin does not export animation layers

I'm trying to export a object with animation layers to a ascii fbx using 3ds Max (2012, 2014 or 2015). The thing is that while Maya exports the animation layers, the 3dsMax exports the layer data, ...
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Ideal way to wrap a label around a bottle (3d extrude?)

Previously I might have used Photoshop's warp tool to wrap a label around a bottle but it's hard to get perfect results in this way. I'd love a more consistent method so I tried experimenting with ...
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How can I manipulate a 3D object into a specific position in Photoshop?

I have been working on a 3D .obj file in Photoshop. Now that I have the texture finished, I want to render a showcase image. I want the object to lay on it's side on the ground. I've tried using ...
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Maximum resolution of 3D printers [closed]

I was looking at 3D printers and I wanted to know the maximum achievable resolution in 3D printers that use the extrusion method (NOT the 3D laser printers). Some manufacturers claim a 20 Micron ...
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Disable automatic cutaway view in Google Sketchup

I work with Sketchup quite often to make 3D graphics for use in AfterEffects, Photoshop, etc. and with the most recent update (sketcup 2013), I have noticed an extremely annoying bug/feature that in ...
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Easy way to split a terrain mesh into sections?

I've created a piece of 3D terrain and converted it to Wavefront OBJ. It is 64 x 24 x 64 units in size. Is there a quick way to split the terrain mesh into 8 x 24 x 8 sections? I don't want to ...
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Photoshop 3D object looks high quality only when moving it

I am working on some textures for 3D .obj files in photoshop cs6 extended. The objects look pretty pixelated and low quality, but when I move the object mesh, or scene, or camera, it instantly renders ...
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Which Tools Can I Use To Create Characters Like This

http://www.paladinstudios.com/wp-content/themes/paladin/images/arthur.png Sub Question 1:- Can I create this in GIMP? Sub Question 2:- Please also list down tools which can be used to create 3D ...
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How to make HTML5 logo (text mapped to 3D object) using inkscape?

Found many tutorials to create 3D text (extrusion, shadow, bevel effect etc.), but that is not what I am looking for. What I am looking for, is a way using which I could use text as "skin" to wrap ...
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hazy lighting effect / filter in photoshop

I would like to change the overly clean look of some rendered images i have made as they are a bit to crisp to be "real". In the couple of images bellow there is this kind of hazy light.. is there a ...
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How to design 3D logos like this?

How and where - (in what application Photoshop, Corel or something else) can I make a 3D design that looks like the illustrations, for example? Images from Logopond.com Thanks in advance. Best ...
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How to make 3D 2D text?

I want to make a 3D looking text that would in fact be 2 2D layers. Here's what I want to make - I duped the layer 2 times and moved the second layer a little lower, then used Blend, recolored and ...
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3DS Max: Multiple subtraction (boolean) - how to do it?

I have a board full of inputs, and need holes in the box behind them. How can I do these all at once instead of multiple boolean operations?
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How to render objects in smooth mode in Maya

There is smooth mode (3 on keyboard if I'm correct) to show objects 'smooth' in the viewport, but when I render it, there is no smoothing. What should I do in order to get a smooth render? I've ...
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Getting a job in the game design industry

I graduated college with a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Digital Media. I have been working with 3D modeling for about a year now and am really interested in trying to become a game ...
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logo for clothing brand using 3d block

I'm designing a clothing brand logo and it uses a 3D children's toy block. We've looked at other clothing logos but none are in 3D. Is it ok to use a 3D object in a clothing brand logo?