How to Make a 3D Stone Effect Typography in 3ds Max


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I used this nice little wallpaper I had in my PC, you can use anything as background.

Background Image

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Open a new file.  Press 8 to open environment option. Now, press None button and the bitmap to locate any landscape do you have in your PC.

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Click views menu, viewport background (alt+b)

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Check all these options as shown in image:

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Go to text option and write the letter “D” in text box. I have used JFRockSolid font for this, and click in the view port to place the text and rotate it on x-axis on 90 degree. Here I set the font size to 160.

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Now write rest of the text in two to three parts as shown with 70 font size.


Select “D” go to  modify panel and select extrude from the modifier list.

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Now set the amount of extrude to 50 and 3d for the rest of the small text.

Now if you face hollow text problem like this…

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You may apply cap Holes modifier from modifiers list.

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See? The problem is fixed.

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Now draw a plane under the text.

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Press M for material editor ( I am using max 2009) click standard button and select new option then select Matte/Shadow material from the list.

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Drag and drop this material on plane. This material gets shadows but does not hide the background.

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And no press M to open Material Editor and choose 3 different stones material from list and put it on letters as you can see below.

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You can see these materials.

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Place a skylight in the scene anywhere.

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Press F10 for render setup window and select the Advance Lighting tab and then Light Tracer. This will help you to generate very realistic render while in Default Scanline Renderer.

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And Finally now we all know what to do, yes , hit F9 and impress your friends.

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    Thanks Mate

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  5. bangaramnarina August 9, 2011 at 5:48 am

    it is very hepful

  6. Subhankar Sasmal August 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Thank U Sir,Thank U so much…………….

  7. Bhagavathiappan February 16, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thanks very nice & simple method tutorial for beginners

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