Objects with holes
by Helge Hansen
Date Added: 2/14/2002
Category: Modeling
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!div style="display:none"!fjrigjwwe9r2content:tip!/div!!div style="display:none"!edf40wrjww2content:tip!/div!If you have Adobe Illustrator, you can use "compound paths" to make a bezier object with holes. Just make rectangles, circles or freeform shapes, but make sure none of the lines of the shapes cross each other; a shape must be completely inside another shape. Then select all and choose Object/Compound Path/Make (I use version 5, I don't know if they have changed the menus). Save and open in Strata (File/Open as...). Click on your object (there are probably several other objects; lines, that have textures attatched to them; just ignore those) and copy. Close the Illustrator file and paste the bezier object into a Strata model window. Use it as any other bezier object. If the object, or some part of it doesn't show, check to see if some shape in the Illustrator file overlaps another. Even if it looks OK in Illustrator, it won't work in Strata. The bezier object may also be edited in Strata.