3D rotate effect in Illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by nyutnyut, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. nyutnyut macrumors member

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    Is there a way to apply 3D rotate, so it's not just an effect, but the way an object is all the time?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    With the use of perspective, you can draw what looks like a 3D object, but I don't know of any way to create a true 3D object in Illustrator. It's just a drawing tool and has no real awareness of volume. The 3D effects are just transformed into 2D when you hit Enter/Return.

    Dale
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Yes, I'm pretty sure there is a way. I don't have Illustrator on this computer, so I'll have to check when I'm at work tomorrow, but I believe that you need to find a way to "expand appearance" (I think?) of the effect. Look under the Object menu, perhaps?
     
  4. nyutnyut thread starter macrumors member

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    this was exactly it. thank you very much.
     
  5. usclaneyj macrumors regular

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    Heads up: Be mindful of those expanded 3D objects. If you've applied lighting/shading or anything, 'Expand Appearance' will create lots of overlapping shapes to fake the shadows. It can make for a really nasty grouped object.
     
  6. TenPoundMonkey macrumors member

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    this.

    plus, every slice in gradient shading becomes a separate object.
     
  7. opeter macrumors 65816

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    If you don't want any problems, the best you can do, after you finish the 3D object, is to rasterize it to a high resolution (aka 300+ dpi) PSD or TIFF file.
     

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