Create Wood Block or Cast Metal Type In Cinema 4D

You know I like me some text tutorials!  Here’s another one where I’ll teach you how to recreate a wood block or cast metal embossed type style and create it procedurally so it is easily edited and iterated without having to create a bump channel map for every letter or ever leaving Cinema 4D for Photoshop.  Using this workflow, it’s possible to perfect the look of one type block and use it as a template for the other type blocks you need for your scene by simply duplicating it and changing the shape of the block and the letter or font.

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Cinema 4D Quick Tip 01: Complex Animation With Only Two Keyframes

In this Cinema 4D 101 tutorial, I’ll be showing you the efficiency of using combinations of mograph effectors to create complex and dynamic animations inside of Cinema 4D. I’ll teach you the basics of stacking multiple effectors so you can enhance your workflow and achieve nice looking animation quickly and easily, saving you loads of time that you would have spent keyframing the moves you wanted manually. And with no limit to the amount of effectors you can use on objects, the Mograph Module and Effectors are one of the most powerful tools inside of Cinema 4D.

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Darkened Text Edge Effects In Cinema 4D

I’m back with another Cinema 4D text tutorial, this time I’ll teach you how to add darkened/gradated edges to your font to get a glowing effect with the Proximal Shader.  By using the Proximal Shader, you can reference the text polygons points and vertices to drive the gradient that is applied to the texts edge.  Then I’ll show you how to use it in conjunction with global illumination to make it look like your glowing text is casting light in your scene.

UPDATE:  Realized the way I positioned the Material viewer, the very bottom got chopped off, but the setting that is chopped off that you can’t see is the Intensity setting.  Doh!  Apologies!

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Create Chiseled Text in Cinema 4D

Add a nice chiseled look to your text in Cinema 4D with this tutorial.  As I note in the video, the basic technique is the same across every font, letter, and even logos, but each one has it’s a unique way to get to the end result.  Here I show you the basics of how you can achieve this look for whatever text or logo you are working with.

If you have any questions or requests of how to do this effect on a logo or some other font, please leave them in the comment section.