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More 3D than bump-mapping?

Mar 23, 2014, 22:18 (This post was last modified: Mar 23, 2014 22:39 by Gotbugs.)
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More 3D than bump-mapping?
I have found that bump-mapping and the addition of reflection layers can do a lot to give 3D appearance to text, and some images, but what if this isn't enough? I can imagine text which is a bit more 3D than what I've been able to do with this, the sort which does not just give the illusion of depth.

1. So far I can bump-map text, which after some tedious experimenting with the blur map (for each given font style) can be made to appear round, but will much more easily appear ridged, and does not seem to be set up at all for creating the effect of text from chutes.

2.If I wrap (curve-bend) some 3-dimensional text around an object, I should be able to view the depth of its edge from an angle. I would like to view curved text from an angle below it, which means I should be able to see from the bottom edge wether the text is made from chutes, from tubes, or some other shape, which of course should follow the effects added to the front surface of the text. It's a dimension which I find to be noticeably missing when I get into the 3D, and I need a method for adding this. I have toyed with the X and Y offsets in the Bump-map dialog, but I have not found this to be very useful (I get the notion these controls are purposed for creating the illusion of an edge, but it doesn't work well with the text I've tried). Does Gimp have a good way of doing this?
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Mar 24, 2014, 00:48
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RE: More 3D than bump-mapping?
You were saying...?

If I had any idea about these (whatever they are, be they standalone applications or Gimp plugins), then I wouldn't have asked here. Will you please elaborate? Maybe you could even recommend one that works!
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Mar 25, 2014, 08:23
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RE: More 3D than bump-mapping?
Gotbugs
http://gimpforums.com/thread-text-with-depth

This thread may peak your interest, you can even control the perspective/vanishing points using these techniques (mine at the bottom ^_^)

but if you want a basic automatic way to 3D text, ms wordart (in word) is a good place to start, or try those aforementioned programs.

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