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Jeff Markgraf
Custom 3D text materials?
on May 7, 2015 at 2:20:08 am

Hello, COWS. Been playing with turning 2D logos and such into glyphs/fonts to use in 3D text in FCP.
How 'bout that -- it actually works!

So does anyone have any thoughts on how to bring a custom material into FCP to use it as a face?

Example: a logo has a specific color scheme or texture ( like the NBC peacock, for instance). I want to bring in that texture to apply to the front face of the 3D logo. So instead of a "blue paint" front face, I can select "Jeff's custom peacock colors" and apply it. It doesn't need to be on the extruded sides, just on the front.

Disclaimer: I know little to nothing useful about Motion. That said...

Revealing an existing texture in Finder through Motion shows the location of the thumbnail image, .molo and .mopr files. So is it a matter of bringing a texture into Motion and saving the project? Or is it (almost certainly) a lot more complicated, something a developer would have to figure out? Mark Spenser maybe?

This could be a really useful alternative to having a Cinema 4D make the model and texture mapping the color onto it.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Custom 3D text materials?
on May 7, 2015 at 2:56:31 am

Drop zones in Motion or just buy the $29 Drops plugin from Ripple Training.
http://www.rippletraining.com/plugin/drops/



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Jeff Markgraf
Re: Custom 3D text materials?
on May 7, 2015 at 7:31:45 pm

Ha! Might have known. I can't handle all this simplicity. Shouldn't all this be more difficult?


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John Rofrano
Re: Custom 3D text materials?
on May 8, 2015 at 10:23:33 pm

[Jeff Markgraf] "Example: a logo has a specific color scheme or texture ( like the NBC peacock, for instance). I want to bring in that texture to apply to the front face of the 3D logo. So instead of a "blue paint" front face, I can select "Jeff's custom peacock colors" and apply it. It doesn't need to be on the extruded sides, just on the front."
If you really want to bring customer logo's into FCP X as extruded 3D objects you might want to look into Boris Continuum Complete plug-in from Boris FX.

You can extrude and texture EPS files of the logo's. I show you how in this 2 part Boris TV Episode:






and...





It's really very easy.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Jeff Markgraf
Re: Custom 3D text materials?
on May 9, 2015 at 5:58:16 am

Hi John

No doubt easy and effective. Also expensive.

I really dig the idea that the 3D text stuff in X is free. Being able to bend it to my will and do on-the-cheap 3D logos is just a fun thing. If I need real work like that done, I hire graphics people. (A graphics designer I most certainly am not!)


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John Rofrano
Re: Custom 3D text materials?
on May 9, 2015 at 1:13:34 pm

Oh I hear ya'. The new 3D Text is phenomenal I agree. You can't watch TV for 30 minutes these days without seeing several commercials that use 3D text in some way; usually motion tracked into the scene. It's a very popular thing these days and I'm glad that Apple included it and it's fairly robust and performs great.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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