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I'd love to see a plugin for performing isometric transforms of surfaces. This can be used for creating 2.5D images, pixel art, box mockups and more. It's not that hard either, could be a great project for a first time plugin author. All that is required are 3 steps - scale, skew and rotate. Here are the requirements:

Iteration 1

* Top, left, right

* select which face from list

* Use these transforms:

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http://www.layersmagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=779

Iteration 2: (Not required)

If you are fired up:

* GUI with isometric cube. Mouseover the desired face to choose which transform to apply

* Allow for bottom back-left and back-right also

If other people could benefit from such a feature, please reply so this post gets some attention. :D

Thanks,

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The key word is "Isometric." Shape3D and Rotate / Zoom produce results in 3D Perspective form - the closer an object is, the larger it is. Isometric has no appearance of depth, but is 3D and can be shaded as such.

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So, i looked at Shape3D - it's very nice BTW. However, isometric projection is not rendered in true 3d space with vanishing points, real-world geometry, etc. It is an approximation, an architectural geomoetry I suppose. Also, there is no requirement for lighting, etc.

Also, I installed the plugin and looked at the tutorial - which works great for cubes, but what if my shape has arbitrary dimensions? It wasn't clear how I would tackle that with shape3d.

Maybe I'm missing something. Let me know.

Wikipedia on Isometric Projection:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isometric_projection

This covers all the nitty-gritty, variants and differences between 3D, true isometric, etc.

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The key word is "Isometric." Shape3D and Rotate / Zoom produce results in 3D Perspective form - the closer an object is, the larger it is. Isometric has no appearance of depth, but is 3D and can be shaded as such.

I don't quite understand what is Isometric. But looking at the pic..I think shape3D can do this too.

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Isometrics have no vanishing point. It replicates three dimensions without perspective. See here for more information. Shape3D does use perspective and vanishing point.

 

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Ash,

Can you post your settings and source image?

The box is fine, but can you translate a arbitrary rectangle into the top perspective easily?

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There is no source image. it's just a white canvas. And I used shape3d plugin.

**translate a arbitrary rectangle into the top perspective easily** what? :shock: I need to see a pic to understand. :P

EDIT: Besides Shape3D, we can also use the Oblique plugin to do this too.

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I did some experimenting, and it turns out Shape3D can create Isometric shapes. In the lower window of the plugin, there's a heading on the right called Projection with a Camera Angle chooser box under it. This basically sets lens angle of the camera, albeit inversely. The lower the setting, the less pronounced the perspective. Setting this to 1 creates an isometric rendering.

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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