3d to vector questions
December 3, 2010 4:42 PM Subscribe
I am an artist and need technical help on how best to manipulate a 3d image of a human spine then export the image as a vector into Adobe Illustrator.
posted by ogunther to media & arts (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
What I am trying to do is:
Manipulate a 3d image of a human spine then export the image as a vector into Adobe Illustrator. From there I will further manipulate the image and then have that image laser cut onto wood or acrylic medium.
The main issue I'm running into is figuring out which of the many different 3d rendering applications will best fit my needs? I've looked at 3d Max, Adobe Softlight, Daz, Poser, Sketchup and many others.
What I am envisioning doing is:
1) Import/open a detailed 3d skeletal model within (whichever) 3d application I end up using.
2) Remove all skeletal structures I don't need. For example for this piece I am only interested in the spine.
3) Manipulate the 3d spine until it is posed the way I want it.
4) Export the 3d image as a 2d vector.
5) Import that 2d vector into Illustrator.
6) Manipulate and modify the 2d vector image as needed.
7) Send that image to the lasercutter. (This is actually a few steps but I've simplified it here)
I plan on purchasing a 3d skeletal model (as my 3d modeling experience is very slim) however I want to make sure, before I spend the $100 to $300 on the model (not to mention the price of the software) that I will be able to:
A) Easily remove all pieces of the skeleton I do not want.
B) Export the 3d image as a vector (I know this last step may require a few hoops as I doubt there is a direct 3d to vector solution...though if there is, that would be huge).
Does anyone have any experience or recommendations for this process and which software to purchase?
Some additional notes:
-I prefer using a 3d model as this is just the first in a series of pieces I plan on making, each of which will be unique. The 3d model lets me play with the structure without having to redraw 2d images.
Thanks in advance for your time.