I'm running Blender Version 2.83.0 (2.83.0 2020-06-03) on mac 10.15.5.

I've been tinkering with modeling items and I can't make mesh modifier operations work for me.

  • I draw a path in Adobe Illustrator
  • It looks like like the outline of seahorse.
  • Export to SVG.
  • Go blender.
  • Import SVG
  • convert to mesh
  • extrude
  • Boolean two cylinders

The last item want to do is break the edge with a bevel. It won't bevel.

I've also tried to use the geometry tab to extrude the SVG curve and bevel it there before converting to mesh. However then it won't let me boolean the cylinders out.

Any direction would be appreciated.

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1 Answer 1


Curve objects get really bad topology when converted to mesh. Boolean operations will also contribute to make the topology even worse. And at the end the irregular and triangulated topology of the object will not let you bevel.

So keep the object as a curve.

Create the object, with the holes, in illustrator as a path (no need to use booleans).

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Import the SVG into blender, do not convert to mesh.

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To do the extrusion as curve make it a 2D curve, set the fill to mode to "both".

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In the Geometry controls set the extrusion level and the bevel as well.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello, Thank you. I'll try this in the morning. $\endgroup$
    – mbrando
    Jun 29, 2020 at 1:50
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    – mbrando
    Jun 30, 2020 at 14:28
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    – susu
    Jun 30, 2020 at 15:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. I took the tour. I see the editing part. $\endgroup$
    – mbrando
    Jul 1, 2020 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ @mbrando questions about blender don't need an emotional context to be clear. But if you feel it that the original text helps others understand the question. you can always roll back the edits. $\endgroup$
    – susu
    Jul 1, 2020 at 16:12

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