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Scotty Greer
3D Engraving into a cylinder
on Jul 27, 2016 at 5:22:11 am

I'm sure this has been covered somewhere, and if so please point me in the right direction, but I have yet to find an answer that solves my issue. In Adobe Illustrator 6, is there a way to design a solid cylinder and then engrave text into it? So when you rotate the cylinder for different viewing angles, the text retains the correct 3 dimensional appearance in the cylinder.


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: 3D Engraving into a cylinder
on Jul 29, 2016 at 4:52:14 pm

I don't have Illustrator 6, but as I recall, this worked already before that:

1) Convert your text to a symbol

2) Revolve a rectangle to a cylinder and

3) Map the symbol to the face of the cylinder





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Scotty Greer
Re: 3D Engraving into a cylinder
on Jul 30, 2016 at 6:10:47 am

Thanks Kalle, but that was not what I am looking for. I am looking for a way to partially or completely have the text go through the object. Like this.


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: 3D Engraving into a cylinder
on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:32:52 pm

No, not possible in Illustrator. You need to model it in a 3D modeling software.


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Scotty Greer
Re: 3D Engraving into a cylinder
on Jul 30, 2016 at 4:09:07 pm

Thank you Kalle. Is there a particular 3d modeling software that you recommend? If so, can I design it in vector?


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Kalle Kannisto
Re: 3D Engraving into a cylinder
on Jul 31, 2016 at 5:39:48 pm

The price of Blender can't be beat -- it's free.

Getting a piece of vector art into Blender is not necessarily simple, so using the built-in tools might be a better approach.

Possibly something along these lines:







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