I'm new to Blender and trying to make a 3D model out of a 2D image. I made an inkscape 2D trace and saved as .svg file. When trying to import it to Blender, it does not show anything in the editor.

Any possible reasons you could help me with ?

  • $\begingroup$ please upload the blend file or the svg file. $\endgroup$ – Vader Mar 24 '14 at 17:39
  • $\begingroup$ [link]tinypic.com/r/2ebgv47/8 Here is the image. I'm unable to send you .svg file sorry. $\endgroup$ – MogambO Mar 24 '14 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ wetransfer.com/downloads/… Finally SVG file here! $\endgroup$ – MogambO Mar 24 '14 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ there seems to be a problem with the SVG file. A. it does not even look like a svg, it pixelates when I zoom in, not sure if that is just IE. Also the file does not show up because it does not even import succesfully, I have the same problem in PS. $\endgroup$ – Vader Mar 24 '14 at 18:00
  • $\begingroup$ I tried re-creating SVG. It gives same problem. $\endgroup$ – MogambO Mar 24 '14 at 18:02

I've found issues with SVG or illustrator when the shape is filled but is not a closed curve or when the shapes have overlapping lines or fills. On the other hand, for such a simple shape you could import the image as background and trace it as a curve directly in blender. enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Hi, I generally plan to work on various shapes. this is just one elementary shape. So, I need to know what I'm doing wrong. $\endgroup$ – MogambO Mar 24 '14 at 18:01
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    $\begingroup$ the svg does not contain the vectors of the image, just the raster data (Blender will not import those). You need to trace the image using the trace bitmap function in inkscape to have curves. Once you have your image as a series of vectorial curves save it as svg and your object will import correctly into blender $\endgroup$ – user1853 Mar 24 '14 at 18:56
  • $\begingroup$ here's a modified (traced) svg and blend file: we.tl/sNGIhR9l6o $\endgroup$ – user1853 Mar 24 '14 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ cegaton is right. Embedded raster graphics like your jpeg can not be traced by the svg importer. Just trace the image in inkscape so it gets converted to vector graphics. $\endgroup$ – user2859 Mar 24 '14 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Btw in inkscape its under the main menu -> path -> trace bitmap or press shift+alt+b $\endgroup$ – user2859 Mar 24 '14 at 21:03

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