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Re: Convert Graphics3D to Graphics2D. Is it possible?

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  • Subject: [mg103921] Re: Convert Graphics3D to Graphics2D. Is it possible?
  • From: Szabolcs Horvát <szhorvat at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 07:17:10 -0400 (EDT)
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On 2009.10.12. 13:22, Alexey wrote:
> On 12 Oct, 02:04, "David Park"<djmpark at comcast.net>  wrote:
>> Why isn't the regular output suitable for publication? It is a 2D image.
>
> I would like to have a Mathematica's Graphics2D-representation for
> having an ability to modify 2D-projections of 3D-objects. In my
> particular case, the curve to plot is very complex and I need extra
> large set of points for having the right representation. The generated
> vector plot has size tens megabytes. I would want to optimize the
> number of points in 2D-projection rather than in 3D because it is much
> more straightforward and simpler.
>

If my memory serves me right, in versions <= 5 this used to be possible 
by wrapping the Graphics3D[] object in Graphics[].

In versions >= 6 it is not possible anymore.  It is possible to export 
to PDF and then re-import, which will give you a 2D representation that 
is quite large and difficult to work with.

I usually export complicated 3D graphics as high resolution bitmaps 
rather than vector images.  This results in smaller size and more 
consistent quality when viewed on screen.


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