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How to convert 2D designs into 3D renderings

Create 2D flat sketches in Illustrator. Upload them to Brikl through simple drag-and-drop to see a real-time 3D rendering.

Designs that you create in Illustrator and upload in the Design Studio are customizable - see more on this in our guide here.  Once done successfully, customers can add colors, prints, images, and text and submit an inquiry or place an order.

But sometimes you may want to create a non-customizable 3D rendering that you want to upload to a team store or microsite, share with prospects or customers, or use for marketing purposes.

That's where Brikl's 3D Visualization tool comes in. 

How do I use the 3D Visualization feature? 

Create a design in Illustrator, download it as a PNG, then upload it to the Design Studio to convert this into a 3D rendering in real-time. 

Your 3D renderings can be exported as GIF files or PNG images. And you can also copy an online preview link and share with others.

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How to create a design in Illustrator and upload it to Brikl

Step 1 - Download the product template from the Design Studio

Go to Dashboard > Design > Design Studio > Studio Settings > Assets

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There are two entry points to the Design Studio:

  • Dashboard > Catalog > (select product) > Design Studio
  • Dashboard > Design > Design Studio > (select product)

Download the product template:

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An SVG file is a large file that may take some time to download.‍

Step 2 - Save your SVG product template file

After clicking download, a new tab will appear in your browser.

Right-click on the page and choose 'Save As'.

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Make sure that the "Save As" type is an SVG document, then click save to download your SVG. You are ready to edit the SVG template in Illustrator

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Step 3 - Open your SVG product template file in Illustrator

Open your SVG file in Illustrator.

  1. You'll notice multiple lines: A stitching line, cutting line, and sublimation line. The distance between the stitching line and the cutting line is what is called “seam allowance”.
  2. Keep the outermost line which is either the cutting line or the bleeding line. Then remove all other lines. 

The cutting/bleeding line must be the outermost line of the largest size of the pattern.

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Step 4 - Create a design in Illustrator

Open the product template in your design software (Adobe Illustrator) and start designing. When you're ready download the design as a PNG image.

  • You don't need to worry about building the layering correctly like you would do for a design template (for use in the Design Studio, i.e. 3D configurator).
  • Use any design tool in Illustrator that's at your disposal to create the most beautiful designs, and download as a PNG images.

  • Each product has its own unique pattern layout. Do not change the position of the pattern pieces. Changing the position will make it no longer compatible with the Brikl UV map that is available in the system.‍
  • Each product has its unique artboard size. Do not change the artboard size. Changing the artboard size will make it no longer compatible with Brikl's UV map that is available in the system. You can check the artboard size in Illustrator by going to 'Document Setup'.

Step 5 - Upload the 2D Design 

  • Select the pattern overlay step. Drag and drop the design file. 
  • Toggle to a 2D perspective. Next, place the image pattern on the 2D view and toggle to a 3D perspective to see your 2D image rendered into 3D in real time. 

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