3d text tools.

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Hey guys,

Just wondering whether you know of some tools, or which app you have found most easy to make 3d text in.

Whenever I try to make 3d text with bevels and what not, I always end up doing allot of manual clean up afterwards. So was just wondering what the best/easiest/quickest way of making 3d text would be.

Cheers,

Fatih

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  • perna
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    perna ngon master
    Your thread reminded me that I'd made a tutorial scene for this that I never used for anything (the topic has come up quite a few times in the past), so I put together a video:

    [ame=" text in 3ds Max - YouTube[/ame]
  • Steppenwolf
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    Steppenwolf polycounter lvl 10
    This might also be helpful. Found it on polycount a while ago.

    AmNrrkf.jpg
  • ZacD
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    ZacD interpolator
    I don't understand why better text control isn't built into these applications. There should be a curve editing option for the top and side of the text.
  • fatihG_
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    fatihG_ polycounter lvl 10
    Thanks for the help guys.

    Slight bevels and what not works fine in most cases, but if you want the bevel to go all the way to the center of a letter, in most cases you get lots of intersecting areas.

    Just wished there was something that kinda booleaned the intersecting parts (decently) so any manual editing could be kept to a minimum.
  • perna
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    perna ngon master
    bb0x wrote: »
    Thanks for the help guys.

    Slight bevels and what not works fine in most cases, but if you want the bevel to go all the way to the center of a letter, in most cases you get lots of intersecting areas.

    Just wished there was something that kinda booleaned the intersecting parts (decently) so any manual editing could be kept to a minimum.

    A bevel going to the center? But even if you could make that work, you'd get a strange, wobbly result. What are you trying to do exactly, got any images?
  • fatihG_
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    fatihG_ polycounter lvl 10
    Basically I had a small graphics job that needed me to modify the "Cars" logo for s kids 3rd birthday cake.

    I ended up doing a bevel like in the video you posted, and modified it manually so it would go the the centre of the letter's "stroke".
    Like this:
    CarsMert.png

    I already delivered it, so it's not really a big deal.
    But if there was an automated process of having a clean bevel, one that does not self intersect and what not, it would have saved me some time.

    Was using Maya btw, I briefly tried it in Cinema4d as well, but didnt bother with it too much. Since I do not know how 3ds Max handles it or any other program for that matter, I was wondering if there were any tools out there, that could get a decent result like that if I ever needed it in the future.
  • perna
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    perna ngon master
    ahh yeah, I get you now.

    Ah ok, I'm not sure you can automate that. The "centerline" requires manual control. You can't use a regular bevel as the widths vary. Yeah, just about the only thing that would help (still would need quite a bit of manual work) would be a non-self-intersecting bevel style function. Don't know whether any 3D software has that?

    For a one-off I would reconstruct the logo in subd from scratch. Then the mesh would be very clean and getting a centerline a piece of cake.
  • fatihG_
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    fatihG_ polycounter lvl 10
    Yeah, in the end with the editing.. thats basically what I did. :P

    If there was some smart bevel tool, that'd cut the mesh on intersection, merge the cut's and remove the excess length, than that would be a huge help creating text like this. Again basically like a boolean.
    Example:
    TextBevel.PNG

    Anyway was worth asking. =]

    Thanks for the help and your time man.
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