How to export ai files to .obj

Explorer ,
Jun 06, 2019 Jun 06, 2019

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Hi Guys. I need to find a way to export ai files to .obj files.

Is there a plug-in or another way to do this?

I have a 3d program (Silo 3D) that will accept .obj files after I have exported to svg an file, converted in wings3D to .obj file and then opened in Silo.

Adobe's dimensions does not work on my Mac.

Thanks in Advance-

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Explorer , Aug 02, 2019 Aug 02, 2019
Ok - I think I have found a work around. It requires Photoshop as a go-between though.1 - Create shape/ letters in illustrator.2 - Copy and paste into Photoshop as a smart object.3 - Select layer of the smart object you just imported.4 - Select 'New 3D Extrusion from selected layer' under the 3D menu.      Photoshop will create a 3D object from your imported layer.5 - Select Export 3D Layer from the 3D menu.6 - A save dialog box will pop up. Select the format. In this case I selected Wavefront/...

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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.obj is a 3d format, Illustrator is 2D, so I do not think this is possible or useful.

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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The problem I am trying to find the solution to, is that I need to create 3D versions of the signs we create. I have to draw these in 2d.

How do I get those graphics into a 3D program?

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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That should be a question for support of your 3D program.

What can that program import?

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Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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Supported 3D file loading formats are *.sib, *.sia, *.obj, *.3ds, and *.dxf.

Unfortunately, when I import DXF files, they are blnk.

I'll contact the 3D software program and see if they have a solution.

-thank you-

-C

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Explorer ,
Aug 02, 2019 Aug 02, 2019

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Ok - I think I have found a work around. It requires Photoshop as a go-between though.

1 - Create shape/ letters in illustrator.

2 - Copy and paste into Photoshop as a smart object.

3 - Select layer of the smart object you just imported.

4 - Select 'New 3D Extrusion from selected layer' under the 3D menu.
     Photoshop will create a 3D object from your imported layer.

5 - Select Export 3D Layer from the 3D menu.

6 - A save dialog box will pop up. Select the format. In this case I selected Wavefront/OBJ. If it's needed, select the texture format.
     Then select 'OK'. Photoshop will save the layer as an obj file that can be opened in Silo.

It seems to work very well for fonts, but for vector shapes sometimes it made some odd vertices.

However, it's a good start and I can work with it from there.

Until Silo accepts vector bezier curves, it's as good as it gets for now.

I'll keep looking for more solutions.

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New Here ,
Sep 02, 2020 Sep 02, 2020

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Perfect!!! TKS!!

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Explorer ,
May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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Gotta love the internet! 

Thanks. This is a big help to me, just learning, starting to dabble in 3-D.

 

Thom aka Duck9000

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Explorer ,
May 09, 2021 May 09, 2021

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Help, if you can! I found this process a couple of days ago and it was owroking great.  I created 3 objects and am using them in Adobe Dimension.

 

Today it has stopped working.  I'm going through the same steps. After I've pasted in the Illustrator vector in PS I select the layer and go to the #d menu.  My only options available are Sepherical Panorma and Get more content.

 

Any settngs, or selections yu can think of I might need to adjust?

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May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021

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Solved! PS v23.3.1 breaks 3D. If you are trying this, unintall v23.3.1 and install v23.1! 

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Explorer ,
May 30, 2021 May 30, 2021

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So something I learned. The problem I was having was NOT the version of Photoshop. I did not have mode set to RGB. So apparently I changed my mode somewhere along the line, when I installed to older version of PS, the default was RGB.

 

Thanks to someone, don't remember, who informed me in a different conversation.

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New Here ,
May 29, 2021 May 29, 2021

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Bringing a 2D illustrator file onto an XY plane as a 3D object would be an acceptable solution, I would think. Since illustrator is essentially a vector format, this should be possible.

 

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Explorer ,
Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021

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@SpudRat 

Thanks for sharing this idea. Unfortunately, I'm still kinda a newbiew and I'm not clear on what you are suggesting.

 

Can I just paste or import into a 3d program and place the illustrator 2d on a plane, and then go ahead and manipulate (scale, extrude, etc) from there?

 

Thanks.

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It had been suggested that the desired functionality was not possible because Illustrator is 2D, so it cannot be imported into a 3D program or format. This is obviously untrue, as we can import 2D images onto planes in 3D. The same would theoretically be possible for Illustrator, although I don't personally know of any program that does it directly.

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