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GIMP - How to create a 3d metal ring

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Does anyone know how to create a 3d ring in Gimp ? To be clear I mean a cylinder with a hole in the centre and 3 dimensions - not just a circle.

I ideally I would like to create something like a wedding ring.

I can create a cylinder with the [Filters - Map - Map Object] dialog but I cannot see how to make it hollow or another way to do it.

I am using GIMP 2.8.6 and am restricted to that software.
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by:Kimputer
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As Gimp limits the 3D effect to just 4 objects, you have no way to do it. There are no controls to edit the 3D object other than the basics (length, size, position).
That means, you will have to find a (royalty-free) picture, and try to edit it into your own design.
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by:AL_XResearch
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Kimputer: Thanks. I appreciate there is no in-built way to do this but is there a good way to do this manually?  Apart from drawing a circle for the centre on the cylinder's top and deleting the contents I mean.
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See attached file. it's must easier to edit this into your design.
If not, you're left with a very fake 2D looking ring. You could try one bigger circle, give it a gradient fill (choose colors yourself), then next a smaller circle INSIDE the bigger one, give it the same fill, but the other direction. One more smaller circle, delete content. Now it looks more like a button than a ring. You can now try some transformation, but it will still look a bit 2D fake.
ring.jpg
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Thanks for that. Nice ring - is that free for me to use myself or in commercial projects ?
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by:Kimputer
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Yes it's a simple 3D render I found (not myself). There's no copyright on it, just like the many 3D cubes, balls and cones you find online.
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Well thanks for the advice. In fact I resolved my issue in another way. I needed to create a handle for a case (i.e. small box) and could not work out how to do it. I created a shallow 3d  cylinder in GIMP and deleted the middle of the 'top'. Actually looks quite good !
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