Creating 3D Lighting Effects Using Cinema 4D and Photoshop

We have another tutorial exclusively available today. If you want to take your 3D text effect skills to the next level,

and learn to mix creative lighting techniques, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. Learn more at the jump!

Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Cinema 4D and PS CS3
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 3h +

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

Step 1

First, load up Cinema 4D, and click and hold down on the Spline Primitives, then go down to Text, and release.

Step 2

Now select your text in the objects panel, and go down to the Attributes, and click Object. Type in “creativity” – leave the height at 200m, and change the Horizontal Spacing to -10m.

Step 3

Now go back up to the toolbar, and grab an Extrude NURBS. This will give the 3D to our text. Drag the “text” under the Extrude NURBS and make it a child of it.

Step 4

Select the Extrude NURBS, and go down to the Attributes. Under movement change the 3rd box to 30m. This will make the text longer in 3D. Next, select Caps, and apply the following settings. This will make our text less boring by giving it an engraved edge.

Step 5

Next, go up to Scene and add a Camera. Make sure you click the white target on the camera. Once you’ve clicked that, you are viewing from the camera. Position the camera as in the second image below. Use the 1-3 number keys to click and hold to quickly drag and rotate around.

…and that’s the end of the preview!

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