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SVG to 3D

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 9, 2014 Under: Tips
Hey all!

Now what in the world is with that title? Well, it sounds like a conversion of one format to another, and in a sense, you would be correct if that were the initial thought that you get.

Conversion simply means, to me, to change one thing into another, yet still retain most of it's original properties. For example, going from an image sequence to a video.

So, what is SVG then? For those who don't know, it simply means Scalable Vector Graphic, in other words - clip art. Yey.

I'm very glad to tell you that you can use Blender and Vector graphics software as a team to create landscapes or other shapes for logos a lot quicker than if you would have to mess with the curve tool or try to model it first. The process is very simple.
 - All you need to do is go into Blender, remove the welcome screen (I don't recall what it's usual name is) and go into File > Import > Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)
If this option is not available, then you need to go:
File > User Preferences > Add-ons then in the search type SVG and it should be the only result that comes up to simply enable.
Note: Make sure that you do this only as your default start-up file so that when you save it, it is a default for all projects. Otherwise you would have to enable it for every project you need it for, which depending on the work you do, can become a very big time waster.

If you don't have an SVG drawing to import, then I suggest you download some form of clip-art drawing program, like Inkscape, so you can export to SVG or if you already have drawings, but want something to test it on, you can download this one.

You'll then be able to import into Blender and you'll have saved yourself, in some cases, hours of modelling time, simply because you used a drawing tool to do drawing work.

Just remember that when you import an SVG into Blender, it is a curve object, not a typical mesh. To change it to a mesh, simply go in the ViewPort: Object > Convert to > Mesh from Curve/Meta/Surf/Text.

Now, go and give it a try! :D
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