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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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Simple way to give this image a more 3-D effect?

Newbie to photoshop. Any ideas on how to give this image a more 3-D effect? The purpose of the diamond is for art for a game.
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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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How can I achieve a better 3D lifting effect of a logo for a website?

This is my current approach, only the shadow moves. http://tinkerbin.com/uekpe227 This is a second approach, both the shadow and the letters move. http://tinkerbin.com/LjiGDKa7 And in the last ...
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How can I graphically represent width, height and depth dimensions?

I want this but so it adjusts to sizes entered in a form on a webpage in fairly normal HTML/CSS: Way back in the 1990's you could show the proportions of a box in 3D using VRML and have the ...
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Best free program to view 3D models in Collada format?

I'm working on a software project which requires some 3D models. We hired a freelance modeler and she just delivered the first model in Collada format. For now, I just want to see what it looks like ...
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Subdivide edges/polygons in 3dS Max?

What is the way to subdivide individual edges/polygons in 3dS Max? That is, to add more vertexes on edges and to add more vertices/edges on faces. For edges - For a polygons - Anybody knows how ...
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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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2D to 3D image effect

Does anyone know of a way to give images a 3D effect, using any Adobe software or other software. I saw this but it doesn't show how it's done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuoljANz4EA
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Illustrator - Stroke after 3d Effect

i apologize if my question is too immature but i just cant figure it out. i'm new to illustrator and i want a black stroke around all my objects but i cant give it to objects that have 3D effects ...
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How can I render a 3D crystal object?

I've been trying to make pretty much exactly this crystal: http://wallpapersus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/abstract-crystal-digital-art-3d.jpg Now, the only thing I've used is Photoshop CS5, and ...
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What is “perspective” in the 3D Extrude and Bevel Options?

I was watching a tutorial on the 3D Extrude & Bevel Options and I did not understand how Perspective work. I know it's viewing something at an angle, but I don't see from where it references it ...
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Is there a Photoshop action to create bump, normal and reflection maps for rendering software?

Does anyone know of a Photoshop action, or set of actions to produce a defuse, bump, normal and reflection map for use in 3d rendering software? It seems like quite a simple thing and I have searched ...
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How to select a graphic tablet for 3D applications?

A friend of mine works a lot with CAD programs like AutoCAD or Autodesk Tools. To his birthday I thought it would be a good idea to present him with a graphic tablet for 3D applications. ...
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Looking for a particular 3d image style

Sorry if my question is silly :-( I'm trying to create my personal website, but I am stuck with the graphics. I tried to create pictures myself but it was too hard, so now I want to use a prepared ...
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With what software I can create 3d expo booth designs?

I have to make some 3d expo booth designs. I worked with 3D Max before but I am not sure if that's the right tool for this kind of thing. Also I was not very good at it. Some examples: Is there ...
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In what program are you making theese kinds of 3D liquid acid graphic? [closed]

I'm searching almost two years and still don't have answer. I would like to know what program could be used for graphic work like this. Theese crazy trippy 3D objects, sometimes combined with simple ...
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How to create mockup like this?

What is the normal process to create mockups like this? Are they created in 3D and then in photoshop? Would be a great help if you guys can help me.
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How can you convert a 2D image into a rotating 3D image using Photoshop CS5 Extended? Can it be done?

I'm still a beginner to Photoshop and every time I look up how to do this, only tutorials for after effects which I don't have and would honestly like to avoid pop up. I'd be really grateful if ...
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Software to design an enclosure

I need to design the look and feel of a plastic enclosure for a electronic device. It should be in 3D. I tried with 3D software packages like Blender, but that is too complex for my purpose. I am ...
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How to model with “isoline display” in 3DS Max?

When used a "turbosmooth" modifier with "edged faces" pressed on, there is a feature called "Isoline display", which ignores all other edges but those from the original geometry and at the same time ...
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How to place a 3d object in a photo with correct measurements?

I want to make a Infographic, which shows how much water is flowing down a river per sec. To do this I want to make a photo near the river and place the amount of water with imaginary 1m³ bricks. ...
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What tool is used for 3d looking layouts like this? [duplicate]

https://www.behance.net/gallery/17399911/Dimense I've been trying to find a way to create layouts like this for a while, and now that I have the time to try, I'm wondering if anyone knows how to do ...
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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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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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Making a tall texture more realistic with colours affected by light-direction ond visitors' position?

I created a tall grey building texture for a wall from this. Now if you look at the general trend in the black-white picture, you can see that certain patterns are too repeating. For an ...
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3D Revolve, but spaced out in a segment style in Illustrator

I'm trying to revolve a 2D shape so that the final 3D shape has a segmented style. See below: http://img.alexblundell.com/up/c5693a8d4351fd0c498c8919a2a3e43b.png I'm sure there's an automated way ...
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Creating image planes for 3d character modeling, but front reference is not straight on

I'm using images from 3d.sk to do some character modeling but I'm having trouble setting up the front image in Photoshop. The model's head in the photosgraph is turned slightly to the side. I tried ...
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Creating a flat, 2D logo with 3D Illusion

I'm an apprentice designer and I often visit websites like Logopond in search of inspiration for some illustrations and logos. I see many logos realized like this, meaning they look 2D flat while ...
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Simple 3D Renders [closed]

I'm looking for some tips on software, methods etc. that would allow me to quickly do renders like the one shown here (note: I'm a mac user). I'm aware of the following software packages, Blender ...
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Does ray tracing render time depend linearly on image resolution? [closed]

(I'm not quite sure whether this question really belongs on this particular Stack Exchange, but I don't know where else to ask. If people think it's inappropriate for this SE, I'll be happy to move or ...
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cut cylinder shape in to 2 parts

i'm very new to MAYA [version-2013] .i need to create 3d threaded rod for mechanical simulation .i found nicely modeled 3d nail and i know i can take a rod by removing head of the nail so i want to ...
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How to creat a bump-map from a image

I need to make bump-map for objects like shirts or sofa that I could apply new patterns to it so how should convert the following shirt into this: ? How can I make bump-map for this? Thanks
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A spiral tube shape by autodesk 3d max

How can I draw a spiral tube shape by autodesk 3d max like that Thanks
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Mixing of shaders in 3DS Max 2010

As a Blender user, I know that shaders are mixed in a way that there’s always a 1.000 value in the mixing, because the mixing works as a transitional number between the first shader and the second ...
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Preserve shape on object on different subdivision levels in 3DSMax?

Is there a way or a feature or a modifier in 3DS Max like the "Turbo-smooth" modifier that would preserve the shape of an object on other subdivision levels after making changes to it on a high ...
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images in 3d text

I am making this logo and I'm trying to get my colorful block image throughout my 3d text instead of just on the front of it. Anyone know of a way to do that? help pleaasse!
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Is there a way to render freestyle edges in 3DS Max?

I'm trying to make a render where the straight wire-frame is rendered together with the curved - Is there a way to render freestyle lines in 3DS Max and combine them with a wire-frame material so ...
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Create A Depression in an object

I want to create this effect (the second one) using the first one as a source, ultimately to create the last one. I'm trying to learn some stuff, following a tutorial but the guy is using a tool ...
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is there a way to render a scene with wireframe blending effect in 3DS Max?

is there a way to render a scene with wireframe blending effect in 3DS Max? Like this or something similar to this effect - Something like this is possible using blender Is 3DS Max capable of ...
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Should I do AutoCAD first or 3D Max? [closed]

I want to go for industrial design. Learning computer aided design and rendering is the main aim of learning these softwares. Should I do AutoCAD first or 3D max ?
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How can I make 3D mockups for packaging more realistic?

I'm new at making 3D mockups. I have tried making 3D mockups(attached one) but they don't look like a real image. I have used both CorelDraw x5 and PhotoShop CS6 to achieve the necessary results. ...
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Rendering two wire-frames in 3DS Max? [closed]

Is there a way to render an object together with double wire-frames in 3DS Max? Wire-frame 1 - The original geometry of the model - which on the render will curve by following the shape of the ...
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What software to use to create 3D cross sections

I was approached by a prospect client that has a very specific requirement. I would have to create a cross section of certain objects they're producing namely mattresses. Here's an example of such ...
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How to convert 2d product packaging net to 3D mockup

I've been asked to design some product packaging and have been supplied the 2D net file. Is there some software that can convert the net into a 2D mockup of the 3D box, so my customers can see what ...
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Need advice on 3D Modelling Tool

We are about to build a business application with transparent 3D spheres, possibly cubes, etc. to visualize some data. Before we start building this, we want to brain storm and decide the exact UI we ...
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Display 3D wireframe over 2D texture on Photoshop?

I have a .obj file with a 3D object and a .tga one with the texture. If I open the .obj in Photoshop and load the .tga as diffuse texture, everything looks fine, but I am having some hard time editing ...
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Illustrator CC: Mapping Art to 3D Object in Illustrator but the “Surfaces” aren't fully selected

I'm lost here. 2 hours down the drain trying to figure this out. This is what's happening: I'm trying to map text to a flag shape for a client's logo. I've followed the steps outlined here for an ...
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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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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 ...