Sunday, July 28, 2013

A glacial ice text effect

This time I tell you a smart way to get a convincing, eye catching frozen text effect. Try it and have fun.

You can generate this graphic effect by using this free text effect creator and configuring it as listed below:
- Text: Glacial (type as needed);
- Font size: Normal;
- Margin: 5;
- Background color: 80FFFF;
- Font name: Creepsville.

If you make as suggested, you get a beautiful glacial text effect (click to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- this trick helped us to created a beautiful ice text effect by using a blue glass text generator;
- I have used this back color because it helps to create a glacial atmosphere;
- that font face is nice because it gives us nice stalactites, improving the "frozen look";
- create many outstanding ice or frozen text effects by using a free text effect generators collection.

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A scary bloody text effect

Today we create a nice horror text effect. It's reminds bloody sharp canine teeth.

Start creating this effect by opening this professional 3D text effect generator, so configure its items as listed next (keep the original shadow values):
- 3D text style: 6th item;
- Text: DRACULA (type what you wish);
- Font size: Normal;
- Margin: 5;
- Background color: FFFFFF;
- Get as a transparent PNG file: unchecked;
- Font name: Ikarus Vulture.

Making as explained, you can get a text effect as shown below (click to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- this effect can be generated with an anti-aliased transparent background (select the "Get as a transparent PNG file" option);
- here we have an ingenious idea: I have used a nice grunge 3D text effect that, when applied over this font, looks like bloody teeth. Probably it would be very hard to figure it out without this tutorial; - dark back colors can improve the murky atmosphere, but you decrease the 3D look;
- if you intend to change the font, be sure to select a font face that helps to create a horror mood;
- it's possible to create many interesting 3D texts by using these free realistic 3D text effects.

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

Monday, July 15, 2013

A molten lava rock text effect

It's about creating an incandescent holed text, like made in stone blocks wrapped by lava. As a very cool plus, this effect has a nice 3D looking.

To create this effect, firstly open this free glow text creator, so set its values as suggested:
- Text: molten rock (choose your text);
- Font size: Big;
- Margin: 5;
- Background color: can't be used;
- Font name: Fanzine.

Making according to the instructions above, you generate this very nice final text (click to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- this text generator can be used in many situations when you need a very hot atmosphere;
- in my opinion, this effect works better with thick font faces;
- generate many awesome glow text effects by using these free text effect creators.

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

Monday, July 8, 2013

A deep 3D text effect with letters overlap

Now I tell you how to create a very nice 3D text where each letter always come partially behind the previous one. We will take advantage of an advanced 3D text generator with several non-trivial parameters, so pay attention to this.

Firstly, surf to this advanced 3D text effect generator, so configure it as presented next:
- Text: SOLID  LETTERS (set as desired);
- Font size: Normal;
- Margin: 10;
- Text depth: 10;
Full text rotations
     - X axis: 10;
     - Y axis: -45;
By letter rotations
     - X axis: 0; 0; None;
     - Y axis: 70; 0; Simple;
     - Z axis: 0; 0; None;
Letters offset
     - X axis: 4;
     - Progressive: checked;
     - Z axis: 10;
- Perspective level: 4;
- Light attenuation: 3;
- Background color: 000000;
- Face color: FFC0C0;
- Depth color: FF7070;
- Font name: ChromeYellow;

Making as explained, you get this awesome text effect (click the image to enlarge):

Extra tips:
- it's hard to see, but the used text has two spaces between the words. This helps to make clear, in final result, the separation in two words;
- this 3D text renderer is very nice because it generates (sometimes subtle) realistic soft shadows, creating a top level 3D appearance. I didn't use this tip here, but usually bright backgrounds make these shadows more apparent;
- if you want to try your own spacial configuration, it's good to know the "By letter rotations" configuration items have two angles because they have some styles that need an angle range (it was not the case for us here: we have used just the Y rotation with a "Simple" style that needs just the first angle value);
- avoid too complex font faces. Traditional style fonts with big holes lead to more shaded and beautiful depth regions;
- it's possible to create many high quality 3D text effects by using this free online 3D text creator.

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

Friday, July 5, 2013

Create realistic embossed or engraved text effects

Now there are many realistic carved text effects ready to be used online. You have +940 different rendering styles to choose the one more suitable to your needs.

This new huge catalog of free text effects was divided in two groups:
- Realistic Embossed Text Effects (sculpted out);
- Realistic Engraved Text Effects (sculpted inside or "digged").

Despite they are very easy to use, these fresh text effects have many useful and advanced features, like for example:
- configurable carving style (you can emboss/engrave the letters or just their outlines);
- optional sculpting plate with rounded corners;
- configurable emboss/engrave deepness;
- configurable light direction;
- optional text border damage;
- more than 450 fonts to choose from;
- optional transparent background (specially useful when using rounded corners);
- anti-aliased drawing.

Below you can see two samples. The first is an embossed old wood text effect and the next one is an engraved dirty concrete text effect.

Since there are so many effects, it's easier to choose among all carved text effect themes at the Online Carved Text Effects catalog page.