How to create 3D text?November 13th 2005
This is a detailed tutorial on making 3D text in RealWorld Icon Editor. 3D text can be incorporated into icons or used as a standalone image.
This guide is intended for people with basic knowledge about RealWorld Icon Editor.
While the primary function of RealWorld Icon Editor is to create icons, it also harbors a raster image editor, a 3D graphics editor, and a rendering subsystem. These components make it possible to create 3D text and use it in icons or images.
Images with 3D text are created like any other images based on a 3D model:
Create new document using "New Unicorn3D document" prototype. The new document is empty.
Add a new component to clicking on the 'Insert Component' toolbar button and selecting '3D Text' from the popup menu. A 3D text component is added. Most of the properties of 3D text component are modified in the tree view.
The actual text is controlled by the tree item marked with a red dot and a number (1). To change the text, select this item with mouse and start typing a new text.
Item (2) controls the font. Right-click the item and select a font from the popup menu. You may also change the font by manually writing its name or a part of it. Subitems of the font item allow selecting one of available code pages and styles (bold, italics) if the font directly supports them.
Item (3) controls the 3D shape of the text. You may choose whether to draw the back side of the characters and whether or not the characters should actually be extruded and have depth. There is also an experimental option, which allows you to control the extrusion using a NURBS curve.
The item with two or three numbers below item 'Geometry' controls the size of the text. Change the numbers to apply zoom to width, height, and depth. The other two items set the alignment of the text - current version only considers the horizontal alignment.
The material item (4) works in the same way as with other 3D objects. A diffuse and bump textures may be enabled and selected. Direction of generated texture coordinates is hardcoded.
Change the text to '3D', font to 'Times New Roman', style to 'Bold', size to (0.7, 1, 0.5), and material color to (0.8, 0.2, 0.2).
Insert another '3D Text' component. Change its text to 'text', font to 'Times New Roman', size to (0.45, 0.5, 0.5), and color to (0.8, 0.2, 0.2). Click and expand the 'Transformation' node. Position the component according to the screenshot using the control point or by manually setting the rotation and translation items (under the Transformation node). Their values are (0, 0, 1, -1.584) and (1.8, 0.8, 0).
Before rendering the 3D model to image, add one more component - a box. Set the size of the box to (10, 0, 10), move it 0.2 down, and set its color to white. The result is a white plane below the 3D text. This plane enables us to have a shadow below the 3D text.
Preparing the scene
Click Create image command in 'Create' menu or in toolbar. A new window is opened. Set the camera according to the screenshot, increase image size to 512x512, and add one ambient and multiple directional lights.
The rendering device only supports hard shadows, but by using multiple low-intensity lights, we can successfully simulate soft shadows. Remember to reduce the intensity of the lights. Our example contains 11 directional lights with color intensities set to (0.1, 0.1, 0.1). The direction of each light should be slightly different.
Once you are happy with the camera and light, render the image by clicking 'Create image' in 'Create' menu.
The work is nearly done. Resample the image to 128x128 pixels and remove the borders. The resulting image is displayed below.
This guide showed one of the possible ways how to create images with 3D text in RealWorld Icon Editor.
The article did not cover an important case, where 3D text extrusion is controlled by a NURBS curve. This option will be described separately in another article.
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The article did not cover an important case.
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