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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Adobe Illustrator - Text Extrude Tips

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-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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How to 3D-rotate image in Photoshop?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I create a photo-realistic 3D object with Photoshop?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“Fake” 3d effect in Photoshop/Illustrator with raster images

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where to get a 3D human face model as .obj file

Related to this SO question, I got an idea to go for an unique 3D human face model which fits all the the human faces. 1) Where can I get a ready made human head model? I have seen some tools like ...
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tips on designing high-quality semi photo-realistic icons that attempt to be modelled 3-D objects

I'm an amateur graphic designer. When I'm free I do some simple graphic designing with Photoshop and Illustrator (mess around with the pen tool, add style to a layer, adjust hue of an image, etc). ...
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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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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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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 ...