Once you succesfully connect Origami to Adobe Illustator, you should see a 3D scene with your shape there. If you haven’t yet created a die-line in Illustrator, you will see just a 3D grid.

The Origami window has a toolbar at the top where you can reload the scene, fit the shape to the window or save the current scene as an image or as a 3D model.

Illustrator Menu

See here for more details on working with Illustrator.

Paper Menu

Use the Paper menu to set up paper thickness. You can choose a specific thickness, or select No thickness to make the paper completely flat.

View Menu

Use the View menu to configure background colors, field of view settings and some other options like floor grid and debug information.

  • Fit to view - automatically positions the camera so the whole shape is in the current window and surrounding free space is minimized. Another way to do this is to press the V key.
  • Zoom to error - position the camera to the next die-line error detected by Origami. You can do this by pressing the E key. Every time you press it, Origami shows you the next error. Press V when you’re done to see the whole shape again.
  • Stay on top - tells Origami to float above all other windows - this extra-useful feature keeps the Origami preview around while you work in Illustrator.

Mouse Navigation

You can rotate the camera by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse. You can also pan the camera by holding down the right button. A nice way to reset the camera is to use the “Fit to view” option that sets the camera to the best position for the window’s proportions.