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    Where to find a rotatable, gridded sphere?

    Hey, guys. I'm currently painting a meteor hammer with spikes in photoshop, except I'm sort of nitpicky and I'd like to have the spikes positioned accurately. It'd be nice if I could find a sphere that I could rotate via a java application or something (if you search 'sphere' on google images, the most ideal one for me would be the very second image, made of lines), or maybe even a way to plan out a sphere like this manually on paper! Unfortunately, I'm not quite willing to go through the trouble of downloading a 3d modeling program to render it myself.

    This one comes very close to what I'm looking for, but it only has four vertical divisions, and I'd maybe like to have 6-8, approx?

    This is probably way too specific for most people to be able to answer, but I'd appreciate any help I can get! It's just for one illustration, really. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuroyue View Post
    Unfortunately, I'm not quite willing to go through the trouble of downloading a 3d modeling program to render it myself.
    Not even Sketchup?

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    There is a whole part of CS5 that revolves around 3D, I have never used it but it was a big selling point for adobe.

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    I've never heard of sketchup, but if it doesn't take up too much memory and isn't too complicated, I'll certainly take a look at it. Thanks for the advice!

    (Also derp, I never thought to call it a "wireframe". That certainly helps!)

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    Usually they have a good selection at the Real World Sphere Store. Check the rotatable, gridded section. You could make one in 10 minutes with a styrofoam sphere, a sharpie and pushpins or toothpicks. You could totally rotate that bad boy any which way!
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    or maybe even a way to plan out a sphere like this manually on paper!
    If you want to plot it manually, you could do something like this (Sorry, I got lazy towards the end and just quickly free handed the ellipses, especially the ones for the umbrella). But, hopefully, you get the idea. This is a sphere constructed from a projected cube from a square. It's a projection, but you can easily put it in perspective. I put in the umbrella to show how you can quickly construct things by connecting points from the grid.

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    That's a pretty impressive model of quantum gravity, right there, jpacer
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