Rhino for 2D design

Rhino is great also to make 2D plans, but for presentations software like CorelDraw or Adobe Ilustrator are still needed. They are however overpriced and far behind Rhino in terms of user friendliness. On the other hand, not much is missing in Rhino order to completely substitute them …


What would you say are the top 3 things missing from Rhino?

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true…that was exactly my point…but those things that are, make me use programs, that are quite frankly light years behind Rhino…and that’s frustrating and costly…it would be a smart move also, since architects are a growing user base (at least as far as I can see), where such “creative suite” would be much appreciated. I use Rhino together with Visualarq plug-in, perhaps you could arrange something with them…I’ll raise that issue also there…

I think Bob was asking you to report your personal top 3 “not much is missing” features that would make it easier for you to stay in Rhino for your work.

OK, for starters, 2D color “fill” with all the transparency functions…perhaps that could be done as upgraded “hatch”, it would come handy also in drafting…more intuitive way to make a complete presentations brochure with embedded bitmap manipulation (transparency, color filters, etc…)…things like that. I suggest just to take a look in let’s say CorelDraw, and ask yourself, what’s missing in Rhino…again, not much, but those things are essential…


@rok.pernus Since no one here does illustration or is a CorelDraw user, we have no idea what we would be looking for. We would need a much more detail from experts in order to provide any useful new features.


Oh, I see…perhaps would than be a good idea to go step by step, I’d think about it, how to present that coherently…I’d start with adding transparency to “hatch”…Also, it 'd be a good idea, if hatch would follow boundaries by default…

I’d like to see easier ways to adjust or make linetypes. It’s pretty painful right now. Unless I’m missing on something obvious. For me it often goes something like this currently:

Select a line.
Change linetype in properties to a dashed one.
I still see a full line so I assume the scale of the line is either too big or too small (and I just know this because I’ve ran into this problem before).
Go to options.
Go to linetype.
Was it the dashed linetype I chose or the hidden linetype I chose? They look similar. I don’t know for sure and I cannot click on the line since it’s behind the option window. I’ll change the linetype scale 10 times bigger as it is currently at and hope to see a difference because it’s not changing until I close the options window.
I close the options window.
When I’m lucky I actually see the dashed line now but the proportion of the dashed line is not nice so I need to change the scale again.
Back to options<linetype and hope I change the scale to a number that does work well next time I close the options window again.

Compare that to, for example, Affinity designer:


A long time ago there was a plugin called Lino for Rhino.
It offered some illustration tools.
Can’t remember how usable it was.

Hi! this year i’ve been teaching Rhino for graphics designers and it’s been really succesfull !! they’ve discovered the advantages of rhino for logo designs…


Yes, Rhino is really useful for things like this…unfortunately, at some point it’ll have to be exported into some inferior program, to get a job finished…perhaps it would be a good idea to help Rhino becoming a complete vector creative suite…There’s an enormous market there just to be taken…


Yes. My experience: they will always go finally through Illustrator but at least they can export a well-drawn and clean geometry!!

I did several exercises with my students drawing logos (for example some of Lester Beall) and an aproach to packaging design so they could unfold it and make 2d work.

They were really surprise of fast rhino’s learning curve

Great experience!


Big +1 for more intuitive line type/scaling. And also +1 for transparent hatches. ACAD can do it :slight_smile: Also a color picker/eyedropper would be great for layers and display color. In some apps, the eyedropper will sample any color on screen independent of which app it belongs to. Nice way to quickly sample colors from ie illustrator or your browser.


Good point. I now always use Grasshopper to do this which is very cumbersome.

@morten.tejlgaard, @siemen
Dale has one with an eyedropper (like office) available on Food4Rhino; http://www.food4rhino.com/app/colorpicker @dale

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Cool! But why is this not standard part of Rhino?

Dunno…but thanks @dale

Yep- that simple feature of a color fill for curves would make it FAR more usable.
Currently hatches are the only way to do color fills on curves. IF you could associate color fills and transparencies( bonus feature) with a curve it would go a long way!
A thick to thin feature in the stroke display would also allow for more sketched looking curves, that would work really well with the new 2D drawing features.

Thanks didn’t know this either. Ideally it should be able to do everything in one popup, including an eyedroppper function. Much like a color grading type app. I think the swatch library, the eyedropper, and the coexistence of RGB and HSL are most important. With the plugin you can have those, but in separate interfaces you have to swap between.

There’s an exisitng wish item for gradient and transparent hatches already actually (https://mcneel.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/RH-45234). Feel free to vote!

I’ve created a wish item for a linetype editor, https://mcneel.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/RH-48645. Feel free to add more details.