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How to Convert SVG Files Into 3D Objects in Blender

The image shows a side-by-side comparison of a white, stylized dragon design as a 2D SVG file on the left and the same design as a 3D object on the right. There is a curved arrow pointing from the 2D design to the 3D object. The background is dark grey, and at the bottom, there is an orange banner with white text that reads: "CONVERT SVG TO 3D OBJECT".
Convert SVG Files Into 3D Objects in Blender

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If you’ve ever wondered how to convert an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) file into a 3D object in Blender, you’re in the right place. We’ll show you where to find free SVG files, how to import them into Blender, and add some finesse with extrusion and bevelling. Let’s dive in and transform those 2D designs into stunning 3D creations!

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Video Tutorial – How to Convert SVG Files Into 3D Objects in Blender

Step1: Find and Download an SVG File

First things first, you need an SVG file. There are plenty of websites offering free SVG files. We recommend freesvg.org.

Or simply search for “free SVG files” and you’ll find thousands of options. Choose one that suits your project. For this tutorial, we’ll use a specific file, but feel free to explore other designs. Once you’ve found your SVG, download it and save it to your computer.

Step 2: Import the SVG File into Blender

A screen recording of Blender user interface showing how to import an SVG file into Blender.
Import the SVG File into Blender
  1. Go to File > Import > Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg).
  2. Navigate to the location of your SVG file and select it.
  3. Click Import SVG.

Step 3: Adjust the Imported SVG

Once imported, your SVG might be quite small. Here’s how to adjust it:

A screen recording of Blender user interface showing how to adjust an SVG file that has been imported into Blender in edit mode.
Adjust the Imported SVG
  1. Switch to Edit Mode: Press Tab to enter Edit Mode. Your SVG will appear as curves.
  2. Center the SVG: Press G to move and align it with the origin point.
  3. Rotate the SVG: Switch back to Object Mode (Tab again), then press R, X, 90 to rotate it upright.
  4. Remove Default Material: If a material was automatically applied, remove it for better visibility.

Step 4: Add Thickness and Bevelling

Now, let’s add some 3D effects to our SVG.

A screen recording of Blender user interface showing how to add thickness and bevelling to an SVG file that has been imported into Blender.
Add Thickness and Bevelling
  1. Extrusion:
    • Select your SVG and go to the Object Data Properties (the green curve icon).
    • Under the Geometry section, increase the Extrude value to add thickness.
  2. Beveling:
    • In the same Geometry section, adjust the Bevel settings to give your object a smooth, rounded edge.

Step 5: Convert Curves to Mesh (Optional)

If you need to convert your curves to a mesh:

A screen recording of Blender user interface showing how to convert SVG curves into Mesh in Blender.
Convert Curves to Mesh
  1. Duplicate the Object: Press Shift + D to duplicate the SVG. This keeps a backup of the original.
  2. Convert to Mesh:
    • With the duplicate selected, press F3 or the shortcut to the search tool and type Convert to Mesh.
    • Press Enter to confirm.

Conclusion

And there you have it! You’ve successfully converted an SVG file into a 3D object in Blender. This tutorial covered the basics, but feel free to experiment with different SVGs and further customize your 3D models.

Have any questions or tips of your own? Drop a comment below! If you enjoyed this tutorial, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more Blender tips and tricks. Share this post with fellow Blender enthusiasts and check back regularly for new content. Happy blending!

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