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Sam Freeman
Wooden engraved sign or board - the best way to achieve this
on Sep 9, 2011 at 6:00:31 pm

Hi Guys,

First time posting in a long time, although I'm here a lot.

I've been asked to create a graphics shot of text (names) engraved into a wooden board or sign. It's got to look reasonably realistic and I want to animate a camera move on it as well. The client hasn't mentioned animating the text in, so let's ignore that for the moment. It's for a TV spot.

I've been using After Effects for around 7 years for motion graphics, and I'm using CS5.

I was thinking of using Freeform to get the names actually etched with depth into a wooden texture - do you think this is the best way to go? I'm new to Freeform so unsure of it's scope.

I've also thought of using a text layer to stencil out the alpha from the texture, and then duplicating the layer in z-depth to get some depth to the letters, but it's looking a bit... Mheh. Finally I was thinking of simulating the etched/engraved look using photoshop styles. What are your thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
Sam

3.4gHz iMac i7
16GB Ram
AFX CS5
Particular 2
Freeform (basic not pro)
Optical Flares
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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Wooden engraved sign or board - the best way to achieve this
on Sep 9, 2011 at 6:59:57 pm

If you want a camera move on the wooden sign, Free Form is the way to go. FreeForm Pro is the better option if you can fork out the cash. Much- much faster (go to mettle.com and download the trial and test files and see for yourself) and a lot better 3d displacement.
Here are a few useful links:
http://library.creativecow.net/jelescu_tudor/FreeForm-Pro-review/1
http://library.creativecow.net/jelescu_tudor/3D-from-2D-image_AE/1
http://library.creativecow.net/jelescu_tudor/AE-3D-tunnels-FreeForm-Pro-1/1
http://library.creativecow.net/jelescu_tudor/AE-3D-tunnels-FreeForm-Pro-2/1

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Sam Freeman
Re: Wooden engraved sign or board - the best way to achieve this
on Sep 9, 2011 at 9:18:48 pm

Thanks for your reply Ted - that's awesome. I shall take a look at those links over the weekend.

Looking on the mettle site I can't seem to find information on a mac version of FreeForm Pro... Is that available yet? It all looks like a bargain to me!


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Wooden engraved sign or board - the best way to achieve this
on Sep 10, 2011 at 9:18:57 am

Shoot an email to Chris Bobotis ( chris at mettle.com). I am not exactly sure what the status of the Mac version is but I know that there is one in the works.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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