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Title: Writing on a box
Post by: tamhas on May 31, 2014, 10:21:03 AM
I have an interest in creating a logo which consists of letters on the side of a cube like the UML logo here (yes, mine is related).  I actually want two cubes connected by a plane with letters on all surfaces from as seen front center up.  The cubes themselves will end up invisible.  So far, I know how to do all of that, but how, with TCPro15 do I apply a letter to the surface of the cube?
Title: Re: Writing on a box
Post by: John R on May 31, 2014, 02:10:51 PM
Since you didn't attach a picture, I went with the United Modeling Language (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UML_logo.gif) logo.

I see two ways to do this.
About the Box — remove the 3 faces with the Facet Editing tool. Select just the 3 faces, then drag a selection window around the whole Box while holding the Shift key. The 3 faces will be deselected while all the back faces are selected. "Format / Create Surface / From Faces. This will leave you with a renderable shell. If the Box is left as a Box, the images or the materials might not show. They're competing for the same space as the faces on the Box.

My 2 cents.
Title: Re: Writing on a box
Post by: tamhas on May 31, 2014, 02:21:07 PM
Very nice, I'll give that a try.
Title: Re: Writing on a box
Post by: John R on May 31, 2014, 02:34:32 PM
There's a V15 file in the Zip.
Title: Re: Writing on a box
Post by: Alvin Gregorio on May 31, 2014, 03:24:01 PM
I have an interest in creating a logo which consists of letters on the side of a cube like the UML logo here (yes, mine is related).  I actually want two cubes connected by a plane with letters on all surfaces from as seen front center up.  The cubes themselves will end up invisible.  So far, I know how to do all of that, but how, with TCPro15 do I apply a letter to the surface of the cube?

I went a slightly different route... using neither the "Image" nor "Material" method:

>I drew a cube-- equal length edges.  Put that on its own Layer.
>I then drew each individual letter Text, changing the Workplane as needed to each of the three faces of the cube.  (Workplane by Facet; and/or Workplane by 3 Points)  The Text are all on another Layer.
>I Exploded all the Texts twice each, creating Polylines.
>Scaled each to the edges of the Cube (by Selecting them, then pulling on the Selection Box, Nearest on Graphic-Snapping to the Cube edges); then-- with "Keep Aspect Ratio" active-- Scaled each Text individually by a factor of .95 (.98 might have worked better... been more like the UML logo John linked to)
>In each (Text's) Properties, changed the Line type to "Invisible", the Brush to Solid.  Changed the colors of the Brushes.
>Made not-Visible the Layer the Cube is on.
>Went to (Standard) Isometric SW View, then used "Examine" Tool to rotate to my liking.
>Created PNG of view.

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Created this in my version-19, so I can't save to version-15.  With a little forethought, I should have created it in my version-11 so that I could have shared the .tcw file with you; I can do that, if you think you can make use of it.

-Alvin
[Edit:  Attached is an AutoCAD .dwg file-- AC2000-- that should open intact in TurboCAD version-15]
Title: Re: Writing on a box
Post by: tamhas on June 01, 2014, 06:59:49 AM
Nice.  New tools to try!