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Wrap a line of text around 3 sides of a 3D "box"?

May 31, 2012 9:21 PM

Ai CS6.

 

If I draw a rectangle and use Extrude&Bevel to create a 3D "box" shape, how do I wrap a single line of text around three of the sides?  I've created a Symbol from the text, and it shows up in the "Map Art" dialog window's "Symbols" selection, but only one face of the 3D box is shown at a time.  I was hoping to see a flattened box shape showing all six faces so I could accurately place the line of text.  Similar to what you see when you revolve a path to get a 3D object.

 

It's even worse if I apply a bevelled edge to the extrusion -- then there are 40 separate "faces" to deal with.

 

Ken

 
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    May 31, 2012 9:26 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    That is not going to work the way you want it to.

     

    You can only map to one surface at a time so you will have match thre instances of the symbol manually.

     
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    May 31, 2012 9:46 PM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    It is not he bes solution but that is the way it works

     

    Screen Shot 2012-06-01 at 12.43.13 AM.png

     

    Screen Shot 2012-06-01 at 12.44.16 AM.png

     
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    May 31, 2012 10:06 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    I just took the one symbol and repositioned it on the three surfacesas the text will crop automtically as it is off the mapped surface so you don't have to cut it just repositioned it in the Mappin UI.

     
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    May 31, 2012 10:38 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    You have to align it manually you can rotate the symbol resize it and reposition it and there is a live preview on the canvas of what you are doing.

     

    Just move it around.

     

    You'll be fine.

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 1:03 AM   in reply to photodrawken

    photodrawken wrote:

     

     

    If that's the only way to do it, it would obviously not work if I wanted the "box" shape to have rounded edges.

     

     

    yes, THAT will work. Why don't you try before complaining? You'll need true smooth points in the shape you're extruding. Then you'll get one big area to map your art on.

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 2:46 AM   in reply to photodrawken

    Ken,

     

    if you had really tried the box with round edges, you would have observed that it will indeed work.

     

    not too long ago I have posted this on the forum: http://vektorgarten.de/img/tut/map-container.png

    It's one map and there's no need to piece it together like in a jigsaw

     

    Monika

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 3:26 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    I can do this with 3 faces, one being the large one round the object.

     

    As I said: you need smooth points. Really smooth points. Not just points that look like so.

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 3:51 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    Yes, you can do that. But the rounded rectangle only has corner points. You need to convert them to smooth points.

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 10:07 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    You know photodrawken you can mark some of the postings about using rounded corners as "helpful" including your last post.

     

    Other users might like to have it pointed out to them when they do a search.

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 10:28 PM   in reply to photodrawken

    I think it will. I wish we could remark Monika's post as the real answer.

     
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