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James Hooey
How can I "unroll" a 3D sphere???
on Nov 18, 2008 at 6:41:41 pm

Hi, and thanks to anyone who can answer this.

How can I unroll a 3D sphere image into a 2D image. Please note that I don't want to flatten the image as this makes the flattened image a circle of the viewed side of the sphere. What I want is to take the entire surface of the sphere and unroll it as if I was reversing the original create 3D sphere process.

The reason I want to do this is that I want to make hand drawn planets. I do the initial work in 2D and then wrap the drawing to a 3D sphere which creates a seam. I then work on the image more in 3D mode to eliminate the seam. When completed I want to now unroll the 3D back to 2D so I can use this flat image to wrap in software like After Effects.

Is this possible, is there a better way?

Thanks in advance,
James Hooey

If I'm not learning something....I'm bored.


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James Hooey
Re: How can I "unroll" a 3D sphere???
on Nov 26, 2008 at 12:25:49 am

bump....any help? Using CS4 Production Suite, Photoshop Extended in particular.

James Hooey

If I'm not learning something....I'm bored.


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