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Where to find a milky-way skysphere map?

I'm doing a PovRay scene and am using NASA's Blue Marble images as a source to render earth. I also found some maps for the moon and the sun. Now I also want to have the milky way in the scene. The ...
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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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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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Converting 2D images into an Isometric Perspective [duplicate]

I'm looking for the technique used when converting a 2D PSD/AI Vector into an isometric perspective. Using Photoshops Skew & Distort properties lead to loss of quality or disproportionate angels ...
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Exporting Cinema 4D to .png - remove thick lines around the poly/

On my screen in cinema 4D I see this - Which is the low poly effect I want. But when I render it in the picture viewer and exported result, looks like this - Is there a setting to turn the lines ...
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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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How to use the 3-D scale/rotate tool to create depth in Illustrator? [duplicate]

I've a very simple rectangular shape that has been filled with a hexagon texture. I'm looking to create a sense of depth by keeping the lowermost row of the hexagons largest while transforming the top ...
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3ds Max units problem when importing STL file from SolidWorks

I'm trying to import a SolidWorks file (saved as .STL) to 3ds Max. The shape, vertices etc. are importing correctly. But I cannot figure out how to set the units. I made a simple 100mm x 100mx ...
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How to create a spline from an AutoCAD .DWG file in 3ds Max?

I'm kinda new to 3ds max, and I don't know AutoCAD. I'm trying to create a line (spline?) to outline a building's basement plan, then I will extrude it and go on with the modelling. To create the ...
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Extruding with a slant using Lightwave?

This the thing i want to make it was made using maya but trying too make same in Lightwave 3D i am facing problem. This is what i get when trying same in Lightwave I am trying extrude the side same ...
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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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Blinn Material in Maya 2014

Is Blinn material from rendering ribbon implemented only in spherical objects and not to objects like prism,cubes etc ?
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Issue with deleting edges in Maya 2014

When I am trying to delete the edges I selected the script editor gives me the following message: Warning: file: C:/Program Files/Autodesk/Maya 2014/scripts/startup/cut Copy Paste.mel line 194: ...
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Maya particle “dust” off of object

I am trying to create an effect where glowing "dust" made from a particle simulation is flowing off an object (that looks a bit like glass) while it flies through space. I have got a particle ...
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Dicom files: how to extract brain/organ from MRI scan?

This is technically not a graphic design question, but it is technically not not a graphic design question either, so here I go. I have a set of MRI scans of my head. They are 5mm slices in x,y,z ...
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What is considered a commercial use in 3D modeling?

I've only ever done 3D work for educational purposes. Now I need to do some for work and not sure what exactly constitutes commercial in this realm. We manufacture two pieces of architectural ...
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Maya: Mystery Wireframe

I am starting out with Maya and just moved my object up to reveal a mystery grey wireframe which I can't work out what it is at all. It appears I can't select or interact with it at all. I have been ...
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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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Rendering Video in 3ds Max 9 Custom 1280x720 didn't come out 16:9

Ok I tried a few times rendering my 3d animation to video custom 1280x720, image aspect 1.778 pixel aspect 0.9. So far when you see it as it renders it appears to look fine, but after all the ...
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How to get into VFX industry

I'm 22 years old guy, from european country. I'm software engineer according to my diploma. I'm coding for 2 years now, i know few programming languages (ruby, objective-c, javascript, python), but ...
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Where is the Nurbs Sphere Start and End Sweep in Maya 2014?

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm looking in the Channel Box and the Attribute Editor for the Start and End Sweep for a Nurbs Sphere I created. I can't seem to find it. Channel Box, I ...
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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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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 the options for animating a camera sequence with 3D Max files?

I am working with a freelancer to produce some 3D models of our products. He has been sending me renderings which for the most part is fine, but I'd now like to receive a model that I can rotate ...
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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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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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How to create text extruding from the center with Adobe Illustrator?

I want to create 3D text with Adobe Illustrator which have camera depth of field. Simple 3D bevel/extrude effect gives me this: Now I want to add some camera lense perspective effect, but not sure ...
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Fast 3D texture mapping

Is there a tool -- preferably free -- that can "paint" texture maps in a 3D view? (Similar to Pixologic's Sculptris) I have several low-poly (<1000) models that I want to "touch up" the textures. ...
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how can i export 3d object from illustrator to photoshop to paint it

i have 3d object i want to take it to photoshop to paint but keep it 3d. What can i do. I have done dragging it. But it dosent help. Exporting from illustrator still causes it to be either vector or ...
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After rendering 3D text in PS it looks like a text layer is above it

Sorry for confusing title. After I rendered my text 3D it looks like there is another text layer above the render that is red, even though there isn't. How can I fix this?
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Straighten a rotated object in 3DS Max

I have an object that has been rotated and attached to another. I now want to detach this object and rotate it so that it is straight again. The object consists of multiple boxes so surely there is a ...
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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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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 ...
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Best way for 3D perspective in Illustrator

Before I begin, please keep in mind that my end is to make svg files for the web and I'm using Illustrator CS6. I'm wondering if there is a better to rotate my graphic so that it looks like it is ...
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PS CS6: Texture Painting on a 3d model

I've been using Photoshop proper for quite a while, but have just recently started working with the 3d aspect. I have some tileable 2d images as source (human skin) and some importable 3d models ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What's the name of this 3D overprinted text effect

What is this kind of 3D text effect called? It's made with either overprinted letters, or different colored layers into a fake 3D effect.
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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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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 can I “type on path” in Cinema4d like I can do in (eg) Illustrator?

We all know you can "type on path" in Adobe's Illustrator like this: Now, I would like to do the same in Maxon's Cinema 4D but after checking the documents and several search engines, I still ...
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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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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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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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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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How to create 3d people? [closed]

I've seen quite a few of these humanoid creatures around the internet: How do I go about making one of these? Can I make a basic model from cylindrical sections for each joint and then rotate them ...
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Apply an image to a depth map in Photoshop CS6

I created a depth map based on an image of the back of a man wearing a coat. Now I want to apply an image to the depth map, giving the appearance that the image part of the jacket. How is this done?
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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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Create a Complex 3D Shape in Adobe Photoshop

I am trying to create a complex 3D shape in Adobe Photoshop, like the shape pictured below. Is this possible? Are there any tutorials available? I was unable to find any. Thanks.
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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 ...