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Painlessly export from Sketchup Pro 2013 to Cinema4D R15 Studio

I Use Google Sketchup Pro 2013 for modeling in 3D, and then I export said models into Cinema4D for Rendering and tweaking the textures applied in Sketchup. Most of the time it works, but on the odd ...
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Critique: How to refine the appearance of flashcards in my web app

I am creating a web app and I have got several questions about its appearance, first here's a "screenshot" (just a test with Pixelmator): The element in the center is a flashcard, the arrows on the ...
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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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How and with what software was this image created with?

I want to know, how it was possible to create the cubes, with their shinny, dark and cubed parts? I know it could be doable with Photoshop, but how? Is there any software better suited to make it ...
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Shadow for medium sized text

there are many examples of text-shadow effects on the web but only for very large text or particular background/foreground colours. I've tried creating an engraved effect or a 3D effect (I really ...
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Do 3d Programs calculate perspective?

Recently I've started reading up on colour theory, perspective and such fundamentals. There are several things I find puzzling, and this question is motivated by the issue 'How trustworthy are 3D ...
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Photoshop add metallic shine to .png file turned 3D

I'm new to photoshop and working on creating a 3D text based logo. The logo is in a png file and I have already adjusted the 3D to how I want. I want to give it a metallic shine though. I looked ...
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How can I create a subtle 3D effect like on Apple's iOS time selection wheel?

I'm trying to reproduce this subtle 3D effect on the Apple time and date selection wheel. How can I do this in Adobe Illustrator?
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Is Alembic worth paying attention to?

About a decade ago, COLLADA hit the scene, and it was supposed to solve all of our 3D graphics interchange problems. Maybe it does that for some people, but my experience is that everyone interprets ...
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How to add Reflection + Shadow to a 3D Box in Photoshop?

I used a 3D Box Generator for Photoshop, and was able to create some boxes with it. These boxes were shaped in the form of Software Boxes, while I require Customized Dimensions Boxes, which currently ...
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Faster modeling workflow in 3DS Max [closed]

As a Blender user for 2 years, I'm very comftoble with its workflow and I found modeling in 3DS Max a bit of a slower process than Blender. For example, Extruding in Blender can be done by hitting "E" ...
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How to divide a very big .obj file?

I have found this very nice 3d model of a city : http://tf3dm.com/3d-model/paris-33983.html However the model is very big and has lots of streets, buildings etc. whereas I only need a small part of ...
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Baking Problem in 3ds max

First of all: I actually checked if 3d software is in this site's scope. Apparently it's kind of grey area but it is allowed (especially when it comes to texture). So, I made a low poly model in ...
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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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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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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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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 to draw crystals like in Bejeweled?

How to draw crystals like in Bejeweled ? Is it rendered in 3D and then Photoshop or vector graphics like Corel Draw
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How can I remove the default shading of a simple model in 3DS max?

I've been downloading free 3d models for a project that I'm working on, but I can't figure out how to disable the default shading. I'm using 3DS MAX 2013. Here's an example of a table I'm working on: ...
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Photoshop a 3D STL file?

I have a 3d STL file that i would like to open and edit in Photoshop. Is that possible ? I can see that he won't let me open it.
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perspective pattern on object in illustrator

Currently I am working om a project were I need to make a pattern in perspective on an object. For this I used Envelope distort -> make with top object. For each side I made a seperate envelope ...
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How can I smoothly merge two cylinders that intersect at an angle using 3D Maya?

I am a beginner using 3D Maya, and I am trying to merge two cylinders at an angle smoothly, as shown in the image below: I don't know what the proper terminology for this action is, so I have been ...
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What resolution to use for large aluminum print?

There seems to be a fair amount of controversy on this topic, however, I am planning on printing a 30x30" 3D design on aluminum, and I can't decide if 300 or 600dpi would work best. Or even higher. ...
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How would I go about editing a render of a 3D model to look more realistic?

I have really got into the game, The Last of Us, and fancied doing some art, I have the software to do the rendering, but the output is not realistic in the slightest. At the moment I have been using ...
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Untenable rendering times (12+hrs) on simple 3D objects

I just upgraded to CC, and I haven't really done any 3D modeling before so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I made three fairly small objects: a table, a glass, and a beer bottle, as well as ...
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Photoshop 3D Cube Rounded Corners

I have a cube that I created in Photoshop CS6 using the 3D tools. However, I want the corners on the cube to be rounded, similar to those on dice. How can I accomplish this? Here is an example of ...
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What's this printing technique called?

Basically printing 3d letters for indoors (or outdoor) like on the picture? Is there a special printing technique involved in the making of these letters?
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How are modern cartoons animated, more or less?

I'm talking like The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc. These shows blend 2-D and 3-D together, and are very high quality or "sharp", and they're not manually animated by hand much, if at all. In some ...
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How can i smooth out 3D edges in Illustrator?

As you can see the lens has fuzzy/distorted edges towards the top. Any way i can smooth this out in Illustrator 3D? Its only there after i add the 3D effect.
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How to make 3D Texture Mapping for an image?

Let's say I have an image like this: and I want to make a map or something that would allow me to apply different patterns to make images like the following: .So I have a map and I could easily ...
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Is there a tool that converts Adobe Illustrator's 3D Rotate effect to SVG or CSS transforms?

I'd like to export a graphic as SVG, and it contains text that has a 3D Rotate effect applied to it. Saving as SVG this expands my text to outlines :( I'd like it instead to output <text> ...
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How to give color or texture to extruded part in photoshop?

Whenever I create a new 3D extrusion the extruded part or the width is always gray. Que 01 > Can I do something so that my image wraps the whole thing? Que 02 > Can I give it custom color?
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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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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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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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3D Facial Expression Database

Can anyone suggest 3D Face Expression Database which has basic expressions like happy, sad, surprise, anger, disgust, ... I am trying to simulate different expressions on a 2D face image. As a ...
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Add 3D perspective to a vectorized text

I don't have any real experience with 3D software (except for 1995's Raydream Designer). I realize there are plenty of fine options out there, but I am looking for something tremendously simple: For ...
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SketchUp fill shape on multiple axes

I'm trying to draw a roof with no success. These areas should be filled that I can add roof texture there. I tried with sandbox and "from contour" but it's not what I want (can't use a tile ...
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Adding More Materials for Photoshop 3D

I have been using the 3d features in Photoshop CS6 Extended and I love all of the materials that are included and that you can download from Adobe's website. However, I have been trying to find some ...
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How can I create a realistic 3d model from my 2d photos of furniture?

Before you point your finger and laugh, please take into consideration that my boss is asking me to do this for him. As a faithful employee with some Photoshop skills and no experience with 3d ...
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Blender 3D design [closed]

I want to design a 3d living room using Blender. Can any one help me to find good tutorials. I saw a video tutorial in you tube but it is not enough. Videos or any other form of tutorials are OK. ...
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Importing highly complex(maybe vector) graphics[3D model] from PDF to Illustrator

I am trying to import a PDF into illustrator, the problem is that the PDF is a highly complex 3D diagram. I don't know from which software the PDF was genarated. I know that the original file ...
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Manipulating the axis of a 2D graphic

I have made a flat 2D design in Illustrator that I want to change the viewer's perspective on. So where it is currently being viewed head-on or top-down, I'd like to skew the projected viewing angle ...
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3D car models freely available [closed]

I enjoy messing around with 3DS Max, and I've always had my way without too many tutorials, as I do pretty much everything in modelling by intuition, and use tutorials for things like effects, ...
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Is there a place for a 3D Modeler in 2016 [closed]

I know that this question was asked and answered hundreds of time, and I did google it and read them.The problem is that I think that 3D industry is rapidly changing. Is there place for 3D modeler in ...
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Trouble while animating 3D models on Maya [closed]

I'm modelling my first 3D character on Maya and I've been following lots of tutorials that taught me how to make from the basic body shapes to rigging and paint skin weight. When I began to animate my ...
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Implementing an inverse-square force field in 3D Maya [closed]

I would like to make some simple visualizations of the interactions between charged particles using 3D Maya. I cannot find a simple way to add a radial force field that scales as 1/r^2. Is there any ...
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Product design able to simulate cloth like materials [closed]

I've looked around a lot before choosing this SE to ask this question. I hope it fits. I need to design a zip lock bag and a case. I'd like to do some rendering from the several designs I want to ...
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PS 3dpostcard: How to set the rotation point of a 3d postcard layer?

Trying to 3d transform a triangle shape in Photoshop CS5 Extended by making it into a 3d postcard and then using the 3d rotation tools. But the layer seems to be choosing its own arbitrary rotation ...
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How do you turn a 3d character animation to 2d sprite sheets?

I made a 3D character with animation but now I need to make a 2D sprite sheet of this 3D character. Which program can I use for this and how is it created?