How to Create a Striking Typographic Illustration

There’s not much I can say, other than the fact that I absolutely love type treatments. The strangest part though is that the words I choose in my experiments are just an excuse for all the tools and techniques I use.

I can quickly decide between 2D and 3D letters, sleek or harsh textures, dark or light environments, ornate or simple styles, but can’t for the life of me decide on what to write! So in this one I wrote exactly what was on my mind at the time: I can’t get enough of this

Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: PS, Ai, Cinema 4D
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: 2h +
  • Updated: May 12, 2014

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Step 1

For the first part, we’ll create the type in Maxon Cinema 4D. Start it up, find the Bezier Tool. If you’re familiar with it, you’ll know it’s similar to the Pen Tool in Photoshop, but not quite identical. Click and drag every endpoint, including the first one. Start to draw the first letter.

Step 2

To edit the endpoints click on the Move Tool (E) and the Use Point Tool on the left menu bar. Then click on one of the endpoints to move them around, or adjust the handles.

Step 3

After you draw out all the letters use the Move Tool (E) in combination with the Use Model Tool to change the positioning of each individual letter.

Step 4

Adjust the position of the endpoints so that they curve in 3D, not just 2D. Move some further or closer and adjust the handles to get a smooth transition through space.

Step 5

This is what your letters should look like now.

…and that’s the end of the preview!

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