5684 vertices in one small model.
It;s a common request:
- Can you generate a 3D model based on this basic line-work?
- Could you create this logo in 3D?
SO, here's the problem:
I have a logo (that is not a standard font) in illustrator and I want to import it into 3D studio Max as a spline so that I can work with it.
How can I achieve this?
I can use Illustrators' built in export functions to "export" the logo out as a DWG or DXF file format.
Once I have the DWG or DXF file, I can import this into 3D Studio Max. I can do the same with a straight AI file as well, but for this purpose we will use the standard DWG.
This process WILL work.....
...but look at the massive number of verts (5684 corner verts) we will have to deal with...
This will translate to a hugely complex and file intensive model, which will be difficult to work with....
It is possible to compress the number of faces down and "clean up" this mesh in 3D using bits and bobs, but I want to look at how we can avoid this problem in the first place. SO, apparently the earlier versions of illustrator were able to export their bezier curves into other programs, however the CS versions of Adobe suite are unable to do this.
Now for the Solution / workaround.
From illustrator, copy the path into your clipboard (ctrl+C or CMD+C), open up photoshop and create a new document, paste what you have into the new document (ctrl+V or CMD+V) this will bring up a window asking how you would like to import the data, (smart object, pixels, path, shape layer). Choose "Path". this will drop the shape into your paths' layer.
This will generate an AI file which you can import directly into max again.
So, what have we got in 3D now?
We have the logo in Max and the Verts are using bezier curves, so to put some figures to this, we have reduced the verts count from 6584 to a more manageable 112! This will still deliver the same result when worked with in 3D.
Look at the visual difference in the image above - the model will be easier to work with and easier to render WIN WIN!
I have had to deal with this problem sooo many times over the years I thought I would jot this down and post it, I'm sure there are plenty of others out there with similar issues....