Working with 3D shapes
3D graphic objects can be created in different ways in Impress:
- From the 3D-Objects toolbar. The 3D-Objects tool is not included in the default Drawing toolbar. To include it, click on the small triangle at the end of the toolbar, select Visible Buttons, and select 3D-Objects from the list. On the Drawing toolbar, click on the triangle by the 3D-Objects icon to display the extended 3D Objects toolbar.
- From Convert menu as Rotation. Select an object, right-click on it, then select Convert and select To 3D Rotation Object.
- From the Extrusion on/off icon on the drawing toolbar. Select the shape to which apply a 3D effect, then click the button on the Drawing toolbar.
Although Impress offers advanced functions to manipulate 3D objects, this book describes only the 3D settings applicable to an object with Extrusion enabled. For additional information on how to use advanced 3D effects such as geometry and shading, refer to the Draw Guide.
Click on to activate the extrusion. The shape changes and a default thickness is added to it. At the same time the 3D-Settings toolbar should become visible. If the toolbar does not appear, select View > Toolbars > 3D-Settings.
Use the tools to change the appearance of the 3D object.
Most of the Fontwork shapes (see Using Fontwork) have 3D properties and can be manipulated with the 3D-Settings toolbar.
Note that when rotating a 3D object, in addition to the corner red handles, the four handles on the sides of the frame become available.
Below is an example of customized 3D object.
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