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  • How to unwrap a sphere?

    Posted by Michael Patrick heley on May 30, 2005 at 7:26 pm

    I am trying to do an effect where I am unwrapping a logo and text from a billiard ball in my animation. I’ve tried using both Spherize and CC Spheres, which does a nice job of wrapping the logo around a shere shape, but I can’t figure out how to animate an un wrap from the sphere into the 2D flat ainimation. Any Suggestions?
    (Im using 6.5 pro)

    Graham Quince replied 2 months, 2 weeks ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Filip Vandueren

    May 31, 2005 at 12:31 am


    Bad news is: You can’t do it with those plugins.

    The closest I think you can get is with a “CC Bulge” Effect, combined with a circular mask.
    Animate the bulge down from 1 to 0 while you interpolate the mask from circle to the full layer.

    Unfortunately. Bulge is not a true Spherize distortion, but it might come close enough for your project.
    (To my taste the Spherize-filter doesn’t actually look like a sphere either, though CC Sphere nails it)

    for a true unwrapping effect, you’ll need a 3d program. I know Cinema 4D can do it easily.

    As for 3rd party plugins:
    I’m not sure if this effect can be accomplished with 3d invigorator.
    But’s Freeform might do the trick.

  • Yoondo

    May 31, 2005 at 2:09 am

    Off the top of my head, would optics compensation work on that?

  • Tom Daigon

    May 31, 2005 at 2:15 am

    Check out the Conoa plugins. I believe their true 3D spere will unwrap

  • Filip Vandueren

    May 31, 2005 at 2:37 am

    Indeed it does,

    Conoa’s homepage seems to be offline, but you can get to the details via here:

  • Michael Patrick heley

    May 31, 2005 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks all for the suggestions. The conora plugin seems exatcly what I need, but don’t have the budget for it right now. Ended up using FishEye from Petes Plugins, as a coprimise.


  • Sashank Kondepudi

    December 8, 2023 at 9:53 am

    I know this is a bit late, but I was looking for a solution and I found this plugin. It’s paid ofc, but atleast we have some direct solution now.

  • Graham Quince

    December 11, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    That’s a neat plugin.

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