Thursday, September 29, 2011

NEWS: a new tool to generate realistic graffiti text effects

Now it's online the most professional tool ever created to generate 3D graffiti texts. You can get astonishing realistic results. It's like if you had really painted the graffiti on that walls in real life. This highly configurable software is called Graffiti Text and you can use it for free.

Some of the features that make this renderer able to generate astonishing realistic images are:
- ability to deal with three separated painting layer sets: back (optional), middle (optional) and front (the graffiti text itself);
- several drawing styles for each layer set;
- a list of fonts that are really suitable for graffiti drawing;
- several professional 3D text models with deepness setting;
- total control of color using;
- advanced gradient options;
- ability to draw the graffiti text over a background if desired;
- four styles of spatial fitting over the back surface with advanced configuration;
- a very big list of great backgrounds to choose from.

Below I show two teaser images of what this amazing tool can create for you. The first image is a graffiti text without background and the second one shows other graffiti text drawn over a back surface. Realize how the graffiti drawing lays on the surface curves in the last image.

Since this software has so many features, it's not so easy to use. As the time goes, I will post here several tutorials teaching you how to get the most beautiful and impressive graffiti texts ever.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

TUTORIAL: other professional stone text effect

This time let's make an awesome procedural rock text effect. It's easy to get and the result is great.

Start the work by going to this interesting stone text maker, so set its interface items like that:
- Stone Style: 1;
- Text: STONES (choose your text);
- Font size: Big;
- Margin: 7;
- Background color: FFFFFF;
- Dark stone color: 400000;
- Bright stone color: FFA060;
- Draw Shadow: checked;
- Shadow offset: 5;
- Shadow dispersion: 2;
- Shadow fade: 1;
- Font name: BN Elements.

So we get this graphic (click to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- personally I'm used to select a white background with this kind of effect, so the shadows look stronger and the stone call more attention;
- since this software is very powerful, you can play with the stone colors, but be careful. Depending on the colors you mix, you get non-realistic stone images (what can very useful if you are looking for psychedelic results);
- you don't need design skills to make realistic stone/rock text effects by using this free stone text generator.

Is there a text effect you would like to see here? You can ask for it commenting here or sending me an e-mail.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

TUTORIAL: how to create a cool neon text effect

You will learn how to get easily a very nice stylized neon text effect. It's really beautiful and this is not the kind of effect usually you find out there.

To make this one, first open this free text effect. I suggest you use it with this values:
- Text: NEON (type the text you want);
- Font size: Big;
- Margin: 5;
- Background color: 000000;
- Font name: CampGranadaNF.

If you made as explained above, you get this neon effect (click for full size viewing):

Extra tips:
- you must use thick font faces, or the internal lighted lines will not be rendered;
- choose a dark background to emphasize the glow outside the letters;
- you can get countless amazing light/glow text effects by using these free text generators.

Is there a text effect you would like to see here? You can ask for it commenting here or sending me an e-mail.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

TUTORIAL: an amazing stylized 3D text

It's about creating a nice, eye catching, full of style 3D text. I hope you like it.

We start by going to this 3D text generator. I have configured it like shown below:
- Rendering style: select the fourth option image;
- 3D model: select the seventh option image (use the scroll bar);
- Text: 3d text (set your own);
- Font size: Big;
- Text depth: 20;
- Draw shadow: Yes;
- Margin: 15;
- Background color: FFFFFF;
- Front face color: 400080;
- Depth dark color: 6000C0;
- Depth bright color: E0C0FF;
- Font name: Plok.

That's the 3D text we get (click to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- I have tried some pastel background colors, but personally I didn't like it; for me, white is the best choice this time. Anyway, don't select a dark color, or maybe you will hide the shadows;
- I really love the 3D model (the letters spacial arrangement) I chose for this tutorial, because its shadows generate a very readable text. It's a nice plus for the final result;
- you can make many incredible professional 3D text effects by using this fast and easy 3D text maker.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TUTORIAL: making a text of plants

Today it's time to make another nature style text. Using some tricks we will get a nice text made of plants.

You can make this one by opening this free text maker and setting its attributes like this:
- Text: PLANTS (use your own text);
- Font size: Big;
- Margin: 3;
- Background color: FFFFFF;
- Font name: Gravel.

Making this way, you get a result like below (click to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- the font I used helped to create an appearance like if the text is surrounded by a dense kind of plant;
- I have used a white background because it can highlight the plant contours, but it could be nice to try some green back colors too;
- there are many graphic effects at this set of free text generators that can help you to create great nature like texts.

Is there a text effect you would like to see here? You can ask for it commenting here or sending me an e-mail.