Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Prepare a multi-object logo for printing, part of Creating a 3D Logo in Photoshop.
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- Now here's a rather more complicated case. In this logo, all the letters are different objects. They're not joined together, so how do we make a single 3d printable object out of this? Well, we can start as we did before. We can extrude this layer. We can rotate it 90 degrees so it sits flat on the ground plane.
We can take the extrusion level down to a more reasonable amount and drop it onto the ground. So that's pretty much what we did last time. And you can see that if we were to print this now, we'd end up with four individual letters. How do we join them together? We can go to the pop-up menu in the 3d panel and we can choose duplicate object.
And that makes an exact copy of this object. Now we've got this copy. Let's make this a bit thinner. We'll press the V key and reduce the amount of the extrusion. Now, we can't see really what's going on here until we drop this down to the ground plane. If we were to move it to the side you can see there's our thinner copy underneath. But let's undo that movement so the two are lined up on top of each other.
Now, with this one selected we can go on to the mesh pane, the first one in the Properties panel, and click the button at the bottom marked "Edit Source". And this opens our logo in a new window. Next, we'll go on to look at how we can expand this version of the logo to make a unified base that will hold its separate characters above.