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Looking for realistic 3D effects

Apr 1, 2014, 05:14
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Looking for realistic 3D effects
I have followed bump-mapping tutorials and gone through the process of "raising" text with mask layers, but it's still a bit 2D for me. I succeeded at creating the "raised" effect with my blurry bump mask layer, added reflection layers, warped on cool patterns, and even added effects from curve-bend and the perspective tool. All very nice, but still the "depth" of the characters in the string appears fake because you never see the edges of those characters. I would like to be able to assign a specific thickness, and then turn it at any angle so that such thickness can be viewed. This would matter if I were trying to create a view from the foot of a cylindrical tower, and there was a message overhead with characters which appear to be bolted on (I don't care about displaying the bolts), not painted on. Can I do this with Gimp out of the box, or is a plugin required? If there is a plugin which can do this, I appreciate recommendations!

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Apr 1, 2014, 06:46
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RE: Looking for realistic 3D effects
I fount a 3d text script that may give a nice output.
http://registry.gimp.org/node/24671

Do you have any examples of what you would like it to look like? Perhaps you could do a quick sketch of what your vision is as you have several elements that are desired.

Also, to manually/semi-automatically create the 3D text effect, check out here:
http://gimpforums.com/thread-text-with-d...2#pid21232
^^^from that post down, be sure to check out my tutorial on that page too! Smile

a quick nice text tutorial is found here:
http://gimpforums.com/thread-3d-text

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Apr 1, 2014, 06:50
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RE: Looking for realistic 3D effects
I have this strange sense of Deja-vu:

http://gimpforums.com/thread-more-3d-than-bump-mapping

And went on to ask the question over on GimpChat?: http://gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=10025

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