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gschrick
02-06-2007, 05:21 AM
Is there anything inside LW that would allow me to do a multishift type multiple bevel and prevent the points from overlapping.

Bevel++ has an anti-overlapping feature, but unfortunately I'm working on a MAC.

I work a lot with text and I am constantly wasting time pushing and pulling points fixing a bevel that crossed points over each other.

If there isn't a way to do this without a plugin, can I suggest that LW's bevel or multishift tool have an anti-overlapping feature??

munky
02-06-2007, 07:00 AM
Hi there,

depending on what you are doing with your type you could look at happy digitals edge_fx.

http://www.happy-digital.com/

regards

paul

Maxx
02-06-2007, 08:19 AM
I've always found with text it's easier to adjust the kerning slightly outward by hand, then bevel backwards. It avoids overlapping points (I'm personally hoping that NT is working on adding this to the native bevel tool in the 9.x series somewhere).

jeremyhardin
02-06-2007, 09:32 AM
You know...I get so sick of dragging points by hand to fix this (and not just for text). I'm on mac as well.

Vertibevel (http://www.skstudios.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4&Itemid=5) is cross-platform. Anyone know if it solves this problem?

colkai
02-06-2007, 12:46 PM
Nope, it doesn't, the one that gets closest is bevel++

gatz
02-07-2007, 03:22 AM
The only "flawless" beveling tool I've encountered is Zaxdow's Invigorator. An incredible selection of profiles that have worked on every illustrator path (complex composite) I've thrown at it. I used to swear by FormZ, but between the "unable to perform operation" and problems with exporting, I just use Invig.

rg

jeremyhardin
02-07-2007, 03:28 AM
The only "flawless" beveling tool I've encountered is Zaxdow's Invigorator. An incredible selection of profiles that have worked on every illustrator path (complex composite) I've thrown at it. I used to swear by FormZ, but between the "unable to perform operation" and problems with exporting, I just use Invig.

rg
I'm assuming you mean Zaxwerks Invigorator (http://zaxwerks.com/). Just curious, I couldn't find any export option there. Is it possible to take your beveled stuff back to the creation application? (Lightwave in this case.)

hrgiger
02-07-2007, 03:48 AM
You know, a lot of plug-ins both .p files and lscripts are written by people saying "Godd*amn it, why doesn't this piece of ***** do what it's supposed to do?! Forget this noise, I'm going to write a plug-in that makes bevel look like a frickin childs toy." Are you that motivated?

jeremyhardin
02-07-2007, 04:08 AM
Well, this isn't a bevel plugin, but it claims to fix the overlap caused by bevels:
http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/index.html

Can't test it right now, but it's Lscript and should be cross-platform. And it's free.

gschrick
02-07-2007, 06:07 AM
I have Bevel++ on the PC and it's great, but right now I am working on MAC. Regardless it seems odd that we have to purchase a 3rd party plugin to make clean bevels.

Beveling backwards would help, but it will thicken the font, like adding a stroke, not always what I want to do.

I would even be happy if MultiShift had an anti-overlapping feature.

jeremyhardin
02-07-2007, 06:27 AM
I have Bevel++ on the PC and it's great, but right now I am working on MAC. Regardless it seems odd that we have to purchase a 3rd party plugin to make clean bevels.

Beveling backwards would help, but it will thicken the font, like adding a stroke, not always what I want to do.

I would even be happy if MultiShift had an anti-overlapping feature.

Did you not see the post right above yours where I link to a plugin that fixes the overlap problem? A free plugin?
http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/01.gif

http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/02.gif
http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/03.gif
http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/04.gif

http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/05.gif
http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/06.gif
http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/07.gif (http://www.pictrix.jp/lw/Rasp/index.html)

colkai
02-07-2007, 06:42 AM
ooh, ooh, I did :) I'd forgotten what that plugin actually did.
Rather like other "obscure" plugins like 'kin-too-kun'.

gatz
02-07-2007, 11:34 AM
I'm assuming you mean Zaxwerks Invigorator (http://zaxwerks.com/). Just curious, I couldn't find any export option there. Is it possible to take your beveled stuff back to the creation application? (Lightwave in this case.)


Their Pro Modeler exports a bunch of formats (lwo included). I still use the Electric Image plugin and same out models. A trip to my 8600 and back is still faster that monkeying with complex shapes in formZ or LW.

Bog
02-07-2007, 02:27 PM
Jeremy wins "Hero of the Day" award for rescuing bevels whilst under fire.