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Looking for suggestions... [message #37994] Sat, 05 November 2011 06:29 UTC Go to previous message
avatar vicvalis  is currently offline vicvalis
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Howdy folks!

First let's jump ahead to what I'm looking to end up with: a printing plate. That is, a flat panel with raised artwork that will be heated and used to impress gold foil into leather.

Second, here's what I have: artwork I'm in the process of cleaning up, and can be converted to a vector document in Adobe illustrator. I've been doing vests with various combinations of formats and programs on the artwork still in progress.

What I've been trying to do is import the vector artwork into sketchup (which I have, the free version) that will allow me to extrude the artwork. Is that making sense? Good. My problem is, I'm having no luck getting my artwork into sketchup to do the necessary work as a test. No combination of versions (7.1 on my desktop with the dwg plugin, still no success). I've saved as .ai, .eps. and through Acrobat saved it as pdf. Still no luck. The art work is way to complicated to outline off of a bitmapped image in sketchup.

So I would love any suggestions that would not involve downloading too many more programs. Or if someone is able to do a simple conversion for me (though it might be something I could end up wanting to do on a regular basis. Sorry I'm not being more specific about what programs I have used, but I'm usually moving between computers. Not all the programs I have access to are on the same computer... but through work I have access to Adobe CS4, so if something can be done to prepare the image through Adobe, that would be great. Thanks, I'm looking forward to seeing the results.

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