Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
This project describes how to turn an image of a logo into a printable 3D object

Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk 123D Design

No drawing required!

Instructions Courtesy of Rick Valdez

Step 1: Open Original Image in Adobe Photoshop

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Open image of logo in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2: Adjust Levels

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Open the Levels dialog box (Command-L)
B. Slide the left arrow in the histogram to the right to increase contrast

Step 3: Select outer area of image

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Select a square of the outer area
B. Choose "Similar" from the Select menu

Step 4: Clear the Background

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Select "Clear" from the Edit menu

Step 5: Save Image as PSD

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Save the image without the background as a Photoshop file

Step 6: Open file in Adobe Illustrator

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Open the Photoshop PSD file in Adobe Illustrator

Step 7: Use Image Trace to Create Outline

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Using the Magic Wand Tool, click on the image of the elephant
B. Select "Image Trace" from the Windows menu

Step 8: Activate Image Trace

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Click the "Image Trace" button

Step 9: Expand to Add Bezier Curve

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Click the "Expand" button

Step 10: Stroke Bezier Curve

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. IMPORTANT: Add 1 pt. stroke
B. Choose zero Fill to check

Step 11: Isolate the Logo

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Select the white arrow Direct Selection Tool
B. Surround the logo with the tool to highlight all the points
C. Copy the logo to the Clipboard (command-C)

Step 12: Paste Clean Logo into New Document

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Open a new document
B. Paste the logo into the new document. Ensure that the bounding box only includes the logo.

Step 13: Save for Export

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Save a copy as Format: Illustrator EPS

Step 14: Launch 123D Design Online

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Launch Autodesk’s 123DApp.com
B. Select "Launch 123D Design Online"

Step 15: Import EPS

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Select "Import..." from the File menu

Step 16: Image Placement

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
The image is placed

Step 17: Selecting Press/Pull Menu

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Move the model and magnify in
B. Select "Press/Pull" from under Finishing Tools

Step 18: Extrude Model

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Pull the controls to add dimension to the EPS file.

Step 19: Save File to Autodesk Cloud

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Save Project to Private storage
( Requires free Autodesk account )

Step 20: Open in Autodesk 123D Design APP

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
A. Open the Autodesk 123D Design App ( Free application )
B. Show as "Materials and Outlines"

Step 21: Save as STL for Printing

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Export as STL file

Note: Imported models have many data points. Expect slow response times.

Step 22: Send to Printer

Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
Provide STL File to 3D Service Bureau or print on your own printer
 
 

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