Label for Conical Shape Container

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Label Design.ai 

Hello,

I'm trying to design a label for a conical shaped container. Somewhat succeeded by using the envelop tool.

But the results are not that satisfactory. Unable to attach .ai for reference - Use G Drive link. Kindly help

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 22, 2021 Mar 22, 2021
Vishnu, As far as I can make out, to get it right you can start out with a rectangular label (the full label) with about W = 24.27 cm and H = 4.69 cm. Hopefully you already have that. And I believe you can get the right (un)distortion if you: 1) Scale the full original label by 88.6% (leave the height unchanged) corresponding to W = 21.5 cm (with the measures above), 2) Apply Effect>Warp>Arc with a Bend of 27.778%.

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Please tell us what exactly you are having trouble with.

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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The objects get distorted and do not align with the shape of the container. Please go through the attached file. 

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Vishnu,

 

One way is to use Effect>Warp>Arc.

 

If you state the measures of the present flat art including the label boundary along with the cone shape properties (angle between left and right side and distance from the tip (apex/vertex) of the conical shape (in most cases outside (the relevant part of) the container which is normally a truncated cone) up to the bottom or down to the top (depending on the direction of the cone (icecream or bottleneck)), I believe I can give you the directions to get the right undistortion. Instead of the distance from the tip you can also state the width/circumference at the top and bottom of the (relevant part of) the shape along with the height.

 

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Sir,

A new pdf is attached for your reference. The keyline drawing is exported from Autodesk Powershape which is used to create the 3d  container model for machining. The attached drawing is in relative proportion. I have marked the details that I understood from your reply. 

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Vishnu,

 

For some (or no good) reason I am unable to open the PDF.

 

Can you create a PNG in a suitable size (to see and read) and post it using the Insert Photos button at the top of the Reply box (the moonlit landscape icon next to the </> icon)?

 

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Mar 22, 2021 Mar 22, 2021

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Sir,

 

Various types of the same file are attached for your reference

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Mar 22, 2021 Mar 22, 2021

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Artboard 1.png

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Mar 22, 2021 Mar 22, 2021

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Vishnu,

 

As far as I can make out, to get it right you can start out with a rectangular label (the full label) with about W = 24.27 cm and H = 4.69 cm. Hopefully you already have that.

 

And I believe you can get the right (un)distortion if you:

 

1) Scale the full original label by 88.6% (leave the height unchanged) corresponding to W = 21.5 cm (with the measures above),

2) Apply Effect>Warp>Arc with a Bend of 27.778%.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 27, 2021 Mar 27, 2021

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Sir,

 

Thank You for your support.

The above methods do a perfect job.

Though how do you come up with those numbers?

I have to work with different sized labels in the same way.

Also, an action with a hotkey is much appreciated. 

Artboard 1.png

 

Perhaps a plugin too !!

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Mar 10, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

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Jacob! Amazing job! I have the same problem here with a label, but, my question is, how did you get those numbers? What's the math method here? It's really important to know! Thank you so much!!!

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Apr 01, 2022 Apr 01, 2022

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Jacob you genius! Im trying to make a design for a conical object, but Illustrator doesn't provide such a feature. Here you are with just the right math for that one particular scenario... But tell us your secret please!! How did you come up with that? my object is very very different in dimensions. Your help would be deeply appreciated.

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Vishnu, Rodolfo, varxtis, apologizing for the rather late answer, after pondering,

 

I became intrigued by the challenge of adaptations to conical surfaces at least some 10 years ago, the first notable case being a(n LPG) gas container cap with a flat top, a true conical frustum, to be fully covered by a single moderately stretchable label with a centre/body part on top and arms completely covering the conical side(s) with text running horizontally. Luckily, the design of the conical part could be split along (6 as far as I remember) lines without text where the arms could abut against one another. Unfortunately, a few years ago about 70% of all forum threads were lost including the old(est) case and most of the following ones.

 

Any adaptation of plane (or plain) artwork to conical surfaces is inherently an approximation with with inbuilt choices/inaccuracies/limits to usability.

 

Obviously, the usability of a simple adaptation depends on the nature and structure of the artwork, including the proportions and especially the width/height along the generating lines, where (further) customization may be needed.

 

But in many cases it ought to be possible to adapt in different simple ways, including the Envelope Distort with Mesh and corresponding plugin(s) such as the one(s) mentioned by Varxtis here,
https://community.adobe.com/t5/illustrator-discussions/any-way-to-setup-conical-design-layout-for-vi...

 

also as a free version such as this,
https://boxshot.com/conical-label-calculator/

 

so there are different (free) options readily available to anyone.

 

Long ago I started looking into the Effect>Warp>Arc way as an irresistable challenge since it seemed to be a hopeless Effect>Warp>Argh way. It is (at present) highly customized, sometimes requiring adjustments depending on the desired/needed accuracy, also with the different ways that the conical shapes can be determined, and it is still a work in progress.

 

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Engaged ,
Apr 11, 2022 Apr 11, 2022

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Thank you so much for the reply and am very sorry to be late on mine, I got swamped and forgot to follow up. You know me around the forums... I may have questions that I over think, but I have always always always deeply appreciated the skill and feedback you, Monica, pixxxelschubser and other contributors here share.... so when I ask this, it's not to undermine your efforts or explaination... But, if I understand right, it's basically trial and error? There is one part I don't follow though in my other thread you responded to, and thats when you said "in relation". The graphics I need to make are for drinking glasses and shot glasses. These will be laser engraved. That aspect will be all on me, but Im just needing to figure out how to mage a design for the side of the glass. Preferably a full wrap. The outer dimensions are as follows:
Top/brim 85.6mm diameter
bottom/base (liquid fill start point - absolute lowest point for graphics) 63.6mm diameter
Height138mm

 

PS. Is there a best way to approach a design in regards to steps? By that I mean, do you create the design and then use Conical filter, or do you create something of a template using conical measurement/filter and then apply the design to that? It's very difficult for me to wrap my head around this as the whole point is that you want the design to wrap around the glass, so I imagine the conical filter should be applied to design, but then if I do that, the design gets stretched.

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Apr 23, 2022 Apr 23, 2022

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varxtis,

 

I am sorry to be even later, owing to too many urgencies.

 

You can call it trial and error, but that is only in some cases with special accuracy requirements, and rather it is adaptations to some inherent inaccuracies/limits.

 

I quite understand your being confused by the "in relation" part because of its being nonsense: it should have been "Can you give some measures determining the boundaries/outer shape/size of the conical shape > design/wrap, also in relation to the actual conical shape?"

 

With regard to your PS question, as I see it the right approach is definitely to design the artwork as it would appear on a plane surface, and then warp it; everything done in the way that gives the least least possible/noticeable distortion.

 

I have continued in the other thread with a specific answer based on your specifications here, including the specific answer as I see it to your PS question,

 

"Using the circumference at the middle for the original plane artwork will ensure the least possible/noticeable distortion, the upper half gradually widening upwards and the lower half gradually narrowing downwards corresponding to the shape of the glass which will also prevent/reduce the perception of distortion, and the overall appearance as close to the original as possible."

 

with further elaboration.

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