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How do I turn a 2D coin texture to a 3D image

There is no 3D modeler at work in your examples. If you look at your sample images, all the highlights are the same, and you can pick out coins which are identical. This is a clear indicator that ...
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What are some techniques to give drawings 3D appearance?

I would give you 1 word, but this word turns into another word later. 1. Shadow I will not use your basketball. I need to simplify this further. A. No shadow does not give you any 3-dimensional clue. ...
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How would I draw a shadow from a spherical object onto a non-flat surface?

Use a grid system. Draw the circular shadow on a flat non-distorted grid. Draw the distorted grid, and use the flat grid as a guide, noting where the shadow intersects with the grid lines. For ...
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How would I draw a shadow from a spherical object onto a non-flat surface?

To amplify Billy Kerr's excellent response, if you wanted to set your light source in your illustration other than directly overhead (I can see Billy took, as I do, your initial sketched dashed lines ...
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3D effect on text - How to do it?

Use a real 3D program. Your best option is probably Blender. It is great, and I mean great 3D program, for modeling and rendering (besides a tonne of other things); and that is what you need. This ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

Sadly, these very saturated colors can't be reproduced in CMYK. You could try to make the image in CMYK mode, where you make sure that the red is CMYK(0, 100, 100, 0) and the cyan is CMYK(100, 0, 0, ...
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Technique: "Carved" 3D-Letter

The easiest way is probably to use a 2D greyscale image as a depth map to extrude a 3D object. 3D programs will give you more control but you can do this in Photoshop (see Create 3D objects from 2D ...
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How to convert a normal photo into an equirectangular image?

You can not do that on your image as you have it. 1) You want a cylindrical projection on a sphere. First your canvas needs to be at one exact proportion. 3.1416:1 (Use any pixel sized canvas you ...
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How do I create this 3D half-pipe look

You can create a circle and a second one in the middle (the inner circle should be the size of the stacked ones) Then draw a line down the middle and use Shape Builder Tool to separate them: Rotate ...
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3D effect on text - How to do it?

Odds are very high this was produced in a 3D DCC* (**Digital Content Creation) program like Modo, Maya, 3DS, Cinema 4D, Blender, Houdini or Lightwave - I say this because you can clearly see some ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

If you MUST use Cyan and you want something around RGB saturation then you need to work with paper. There are some that reacts very well to certain paints and give them extra boost. They are also ...
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Create a 3D cone in Illustrator with rainbow colors

I can suggest a method to make the cone, but I think the gradients will probably have to be created manually. I can't really think of a quick way of doing them. Sorry about that. Anyway, here goes: ...
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How to achieve this perceived 3D effect

Notice how all lines are either vertical or rotated 45°. This image follow a regular square grid, so it's easy to construct manually. Enter Edit > Preferences > Guides & Grid to set up the ...
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What is the term for 3D printing, the kind with red and blue glasses?

The red-blue or actually red-cyan 3D is known as Anaglyph 3D. It is formed by superimposing two pictures from different view angles multiplied by a read and magenta filter. Any offset printer should ...
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Curved Typography with illustrator

Set your text, select it and then go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh. Set a 1 x 1 mesh and then adjust the position of the corner points and the direction of the handles on the ...
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Is there a tool that can create a 3D model of a face from a photograph?

No, software like that does not currently exist. Now that the state of the art has progressed slightly, there is in fact some bleeding edge tech that can do this quite well: see: http://www.cs.nott....
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What software can create and annotate a 3D model's outline?

Well that image isn't very hard to draw*. But that seems to me a bit premature. I would first start by answering following questions: Would you know how to draw that by hand. If yes then use a vector ...
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How to create 3D wireframe graphic models on Illustrator

These examples don't look 3D to me. Instead, I suspect these were achieved using a "Specified Steps" Blend. To do this, draw a circle shape, convert one of the anchors to a corner point, ...
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Illustrator: How can you interlock chain links when each chain link is above and under another?

The easiest way for me to create interlocking shapes is to use the Shape Builder Tool --- Select the artwork and with the Shape Builder Tool click-drag to combine sections. Hold down the Option/Alt ...
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What are some techniques to give drawings 3D appearance?

It is called shading, sometimes also lighting or lighting and shading. Basically light reflects less back from a light source the further away you are form the light normal. How do you do this? Well ...
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Google Cardboard Design Lab - design style

Polygonal modeling is probably the term you're looking for, though it makes use of tessellation. It is very commonly used in 3D rendering to break down complex objects with curves (what 3D people call ...
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Creating 3D book cover mockups from scratch

I always recommend using a direct 3D application with a photorealistic render engine. Use Blender. https://www.blender.org/ I am pretty sure that you can learn how to make a book and unwrap it in a ...
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Different representations for 3D objects explanation

Disclaimer: not an expert Going by your points: The only one of the four stored as a 2D "flat" image is the Projected View. That is the actual rendering of the 3D model in a certain projection onto ...
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How to convert from 3D STL to 2D SVG?

One solution is the free and open source OpenScad, the programmers' solid 3D CAD modeller. This solution was inspired from the article on batch processing in OpenScad. The following four lines of code ...
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