Can this be done? (New to this group.)

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Walt Kay, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. Walt Kay

    Walt Kay Guest

    Hi, first of all I've been using Photoshop since version 4 so I'm no newbie
    there but I am new to this newsgroup. Here's what I'd like to do. In
    addition to 2d graphics I also use 3d programs and I'm currently getting
    more into 3d modeling. I use a free modeler called Wings 3d and one of the
    things you can do with Wings is to import .ai (Illustrator) files to use for
    your models. This has intrigued me and one of the things I'd like to do is
    to use Photoshop for this. I've already tried this but I think I may be
    doing something wrong. Here's what I do, I import the image that I want to
    do the model of as a JPG file, I trace around the edges with the pen tool as
    all I want is the basic shape and I can extrude the model in Wings. When I
    try to save it as an .ai file Photoshop tells me it's going to convert it to
    an .eps file. I've tried renaming the file to .ai and importing it but I
    haven't had any luck yet. Another thing is I also get a warning from Wings
    saying it only takes .ai files from Illustrator 8 and earlier. Is there a
    way to do this? Keep in mind I don't have Illustrator and even if I did I
    get the feeling Wings wouldn't accept it because of the aforementioned
    version 8 and earlier dialog. Looking forward to some help. Thanks.
    Walt Kay, Feb 11, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    I'm afraid I have no answer for Photoshop, but I do similar things using
    Adobe Streamline which can save as pre-v8 Illustrator AI files. It's not
    very expensive, and you can try a free download from Adobe. The trial
    version has no save.

    Will stand by to see if someone smarter can help us...
    jjs, Feb 11, 2004
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  3. Walt Kay

    Walt Kay Guest

    Thanks John.You know the funny thing is I used to have Streamline on my
    computer a long time ago but I never found any use for it. I wish I still
    had it now.

    Walt Kay, Feb 11, 2004
  4. What about the File > Export > Paths to Illustrator command inside
    Photoshop. Have you tried that? It only export the path(s), but
    isn't it the only thing you need in Wings?
    Thomas Madsen, Feb 12, 2004
  5. Walt Kay

    Walt Kay Guest

    I'll have to give that a try. Thanks Thomas.

    Walt Kay, Feb 12, 2004
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    edjh Guest

    I don't think it's going to work unless you can give Wings the .ai file
    it wants. However, Wings has a very good user forum: so maybe they can provide
    some ideas.

    Perhaps another app could save in the correct format. Freehand? XnView?
    edjh, Feb 12, 2004
  7. Walt Kay

    Walt Kay Guest

    I think I'm going to have to do that. I've tried Thomas' suggestion but I
    get an error when I import the .ai file into Wings. Thanks.
    Walt Kay, Feb 12, 2004
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