Vector Illustrations into 3D
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Vector Illustrations into 3D By David Basulto

I was cleaning out some of my files the other day and came across a folder full of stuff I grabbed at SIGGRAPH this year. I came across this great looking postcard from the gang at GoMedia (  ). The company's ?Arsenal royalty free vector art is amazing. I got inspired and thought ?lets make some cool 3D works with it! So here we go.

The following tutorial has 19 steps but they go fast once you understand what to do. I did this in Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, and Maxon Cinema 4D. You can visit and for demos to follow along if you like. I used one of GoMedias Arsenal freebie downloads for the vector art.

Step 1
Open the vector sample from GoMedia in Illustrator.(picture 1)

Picture 1

Step 2
Pick a graphic you like. I chose one of the ?banners. (picture 2)

Picture 2

Step 3
Select graphic then copy and paste it into a new document. You can leave all the defaults.

Step 4
Feel free to scale the graphic or not. Since its vector you can enlarge it later without any consequences.

Step 5
Save new document with a new name.  Then close Illustrator.

Step 6
Open Photoshop.

Step 7
Go to File > Open > (picture 3)

Picture 3

Step 8
Command + click (Mac) in Layers tab the file to create a selection.(picture 4)

Picture 4

Step 9
Go to Paths > Make Work Path. Use a tolerance of 1.(picture 5)

picture 5

Step 10
Go to File > Export > Paths to Illustrator. Then close Photoshop. (picture 6)

picture 6

Step 11
Open Cinema 4D and go to File > Open > (picture 7)

picture 7

Step 12
In the Objects Panel click on the + to expand the imported file.

Step 13
Select all the paths then right click  and choose Connect. (picture 8)

Picture 8

Step 16
Click on Nurbs > Extrude Nurb to add an extrude nurb to the Object panel.

Step 17
Make your paths file a child of the extrude nurb by dragging onto extrude nurbs. (picture 9)

picture 9

Step 18
Logo is now a 3D object! Click on render view to see. (picture 10)

Picture 10

Step 19
This file can be animated, you can add materials, lights, background, floors etc. Creativity has no bounds.


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David Basulto is an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. After 17 plus years, David is well versed in all aspects of filmmaking from development to distribution. He produces, directs, edits, and now is addicted to motion graphics and 3d. His last film, Death Clique is in Blockbusters nationwide. David is also the host of the In his spare time David is an avid gamer and can be found slaying monsters in the world of Vanguard. For more info visit
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