Thnx, Curufea. Meanwhile I have found a svg exporter for laser cutters... it exports the lines but no faces, so i need to join them node by node to rebuild the faces. It is a boring process but at least it works.
It also translates arcs in a series of little straight lines (i don't know if it is the plugin or the way Sketchup works). For the tiny scale of my current experiment it is not really important, but if i plan to do bigger things it can become noticeable.
I also tried a trick found in the web wich consist in printing the top view to a PDF, and then importing the PDF. I obtain a vector draw, but is really ugly (thousands of nodes and too much placement errors).
I'm hoping that you or someone else know a better exporter.
I've not used sketchup at all, unfortunately, I tend to use Lightwave for models (although I have a fairly old version these days).
It does annoy me in photoshop that PDF imports become rasterised - it has a perfectly adequate vector system built in. Not as good as Coreldraw or inkshape, but still workable - I don't know why they don't use it.
"This is my timey wimey detector. Goes ding when there's stuff."
It only took me six years to accidentally find the sketchup -> dxf converter! If only I knew the right keywords to search for in this forum... Guess I'll be combing the posts again just in case I missed something else.
This is going to make my process a wee bit better!
So, I did a quick test to see if I could unflatten something simple in sketchup myself, make the tabs in sketchup, import into Silhouette Studio (instant cutfiles!) print as PDF from studio, import into GIMP and apply textures. It sounds silly, but it's not that bad, really.
I exported the entire model from sketchup. Some of the export options didn't play well with Studio at all (like "polyface mesh", and others worked OK with tweaking. Once imported into Studio, I had to rescale the lines. What I ended up doing was selecting everything, ungrouping, editing the lines, break ALL the paths. Then I could scale the lines together and typically there was a line I could use as a reference to make sure the size was correct. Some lines were duplicated because of the way the faces exported. I suspect if I exported only lines from sketchup it might have been better. Still will experiment more. Anyway, after cleaning up the duplicate lines, I made a compound path out of the score lines and a compound path out of the cutlines. I then edited each, joining the points together to make a longer polyline.
Once this is done, I set all line colors to black, made scorelines a dashed line, made the line thickness something like 0.3pt, printed using a PDF printer.
In GIMP, I opened the PDF at 300 dpi. Using Layer > Transparency > Add Alpha Channel, I converted white to alpha, and I had my lines layer to then apply textures under.
The stuff I do in 3d is simple, so this process will last me a good while until I decide to learn some better tools.
Vermin King: Not the style you are looking for, but try a search for 'paper theatre' or 'paper theater', and you will find a few pages of epinal figures. Not many, but I know there are a few
May 14, 2019 5:08:58 GMT -9
shep: Does anyone know where to find decent individual minis of late Roman Republic era civilians? From senator to slave, every mini would be great, as long as they are not legionaires or generals or other military (Praetorian Guard and Roman Vigiles excluded)
May 14, 2019 4:20:32 GMT -9
wyvern: Nah, just rewatched the 1931 Universal "Dracula" movies (the Lugosi one and the Spanish version)
May 1, 2019 12:20:34 GMT -9
Vermin King: did you do your bonfire?
Apr 30, 2019 10:08:38 GMT -9
woosh: also, where can i find cool ships and mechs? im looking particularly for any spider tanks or spider mechs. ive seen the site with all the mechwarrior papercrafts and ive made a couple of those but none of them are especially spider-like
Apr 7, 2019 12:38:49 GMT -9
woosh: ebbles sent me here when i asked about his ud41 utility dropship, and that hed seen a mod that had 4 engines, which id like to try
Apr 7, 2019 12:37:22 GMT -9
woosh: i was typing up a thread and it said it was too big. soooo whatever
Apr 7, 2019 12:36:03 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sorry, long day yesterday ...
Apr 7, 2019 4:37:09 GMT -9
woosh: is anyone currently online?
Apr 6, 2019 19:10:30 GMT -9
woosh: hello! i am new. im currently typing up a thread in the 'say hi' forum
Apr 6, 2019 19:09:52 GMT -9
okumarts: ANYONE can do it!
Apr 2, 2019 9:46:48 GMT -9
chiefasaur: Sweet tutorial! Now I know how to make paper minis ;P
Apr 1, 2019 19:15:04 GMT -9
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9