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Ornate Lettering Process

stonesour-final.jpg

I’m going to show you the process as to how I do my ornate lettering. This is a new design I did for Stone Sour that utilized this technique. Now right off the bat, this is not a step by step tutorial. It’s more of a look behind the scenes into how I work. The very core of this process is having a solid drawing ability and a good understanding of letterforms, typography, spacing, composition, yada yada. Also, I assume you know your way around Illustrator, Photoshop, and 3D Studio Max. There is no simple process to this – so yep, that means it actually takes work! So for those of you who are only interested in a shortcut to get this look, you can probably just skip reading. Because there really isn’t anything short about this. It’s good old fashioned hand lettering that’s tweaked and finalized on the computer for a vector final result. Here is how I do it:

Process

Start with a Sketch:

Sketch

No of course, it took lots of bad sketches to get to this point. I probably went through about 4 or 5 sheets of paper with lots of various concepts. Once I had one I liked, I scanned it into the computer and placed it into Illustrator. Then I started creating my first letter using the Pen Tool.

Start Forming Letters with the Pen Tool using Sketch as Reference

adding cirlces to start off

I started placing basic geometric shapes (like circles) in place of where some of my major smooth curves are going to be. For me, it’s hard to get such perfect curves using the Pen Tool alone, so I give myself some help by putting circles in. I plan to clean this up later.

add more to S

You can see I started getting a little more detail in there. Just creating shapes with only the Stroke Color on and not the fill. I’ll use the Pathfinder tool and subtract or add shapes together as I need to. Again, I will clean up this mess as I go.

solids and subtract

I started making my letters solid fills now and used the subtract tool to knock out some of the circles.

cleaned up S

You can see now that the S is cleaned up. The basic form is down and I am happy with it. I will add more fancy frilly stuff to the S later. At this point, I move onto the other letters. I will skip some of the redundant steps, but I basically do the same thing. I trace out the shapes with the Pen Tool or use basic geometric primitives to give me a good base. And tweak and tweak. I’m not afraid to merge shapes together and then tweak the points.

Continue to build the rest of the letters

stone incomplete

Here is the rest of word Stone in its basic form. You can see each shape I created with the Pen Tool. Some of the perfect circular shapes were just circles that were merged with the other shapes.

stone complete

This is what the basic form of the word “stone” looks like. Let’s move on to the other letters.

stone sour blocked out

Adding Swashes

add swash

I added a swash underneath the letters to fill the negative space there and balance things out. I created this by making a custom brush in the shape of a tall triangle. This way the brush starts thick and ends in a point as it progresses down the path.

Adding Details

Now that all the basic letterforms are finished, now it’s time to add in details. Smaller swashes, frills, flourishes, ornaments, etc. These are kind of improvised based on what I’ve already created. I just eyeball it and see what might look good where. I might see an area that is begging me to put a flowery type shape there. Or a certain place that might look cool with an ornate swirl. I also duplicated my S and mirrored it and put it on the right side. I dressed it up with some cool detailing and arranged it in the piece until I was happy. This isn’t a science here, it’s just about what you think looks good. This is where I can experiment and I usually try some things that I don’t like and move things around until I am happy. This is my final piece after all the details were finished:

final vector shape

I think it looks very cool at this point, but I know there is more I can do to give it some extra kick. I will merge all the shapes into one path and import the path into 3D Studio Max. From there I can make it a solid 3D object and can get some cool effects that I cannot get in Illustrator. Well, it’s sort of possible with Illustrators 3D engine but in my opinion, it’s not as accurate and creates weird shapes. And I just like working in real 3D anyway.

Import paths into 3D Studio Max

3d Path

You can use whatever 3D program you want if you are trying this at home. But I grew up using 3DS Max. So here are my paths in 3D space. I set up a camera exactly how I want it, which is perfectly centered and in front of my object. I also moved it slightly down to sort of “look up” at my object from underneath – just a tad. This will give it more of a “big” feel.

Extrude the Shapes

3D extrude

I used the Extrude Modifier to give my text a 3D shape. In most cases I would use Bevel to give my shapes a more realistic edge to them (because real life objects always have at least some sort of bevel on the edges and are not perfectly flux together). Bevel gives edges an accurate highlight along them and can really add to the realism of the piece. But in this case, since our final output is vector and NOT a photo realistic 3D piece, extrude is the tool to use. So while extruding, I simply tweaked my settings to my liking. Now it’s time to choose my materials that will best help me export this beast in a format that I can live trace easily.

Extruded Shapes

Pick Materials

materials

I want my letters to be white and the sides of them to be black. This way the letters will really pop. To do this, I applied an Edit Mesh modifier to the stack and sleceted only the front faces of my letters. I made a material that was white and self illuminated. This is guaranteed to be white with no shadows. I applied this to my letter faces and then selected the inverse. As a result, everything else was selected. I gave the remaining selection a black material that was self illumincated to prevent any odd shadows or highlights from affecting my final output. This is good if you plan to live trace your 3D rendering which I am about to do.

Render a high res image

high res render

Once I have the materials applied the way I like them, I render out a high res image – usually bigger than 2500 pixels. This gives me a nice size image to live trace. Also, render using a TGA file extension with an Alpha Channel. This is so you can easily cut your image out of the background.

Live Tracing

Before I Live Trace in Illustrator, I must go into Photoshop and separate my colors. For the whites, I select my highlights and invert them and copy and paste the now “black” letters into Illustrator. They’re ready to be live traced. For the black shapes, it’s a bit different. I make a copy of my render layer and use it’s Alpha Channel to make a selection and delete the background away. I make a selection around my rendered image and fill it completely with black. Then I give it a good sized stroke to give it some extra thickness. Then I take that into Illustrator and live trace it using the default settings. Here are the two pieces as you see them in Illustrator after they have been live traced:

two separations

Final Result

final result

I hope you enjoyed a look behind the scenes into the creation of Ornate Lettering.

Here are some other examples using this technique or similar:

tough or suffer

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dragonforce.jpg

kornbw.jpg

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  • Corey

    Awesome work, Jeff! Thank you very much for sharing this with us, and for everything else you have shared before. Your tutorials have helped me (not an illustrator) so much.

  • Corey

    Awesome work, Jeff! Thank you very much for sharing this with us, and for everything else you have shared before. Your tutorials have helped me (not an illustrator) so much.

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  • Judy

    Hard work = best results.
    Thanks for the insight into your process.
    Cheers from Adelaide, Australia.

  • Judy

    Hard work = best results.
    Thanks for the insight into your process.
    Cheers from Adelaide, Australia.

  • Derek

    Thanks for this awesome resource.

  • Derek

    Thanks for this awesome resource.

  • http://myspace.com/rawwrh Aroldo! XD

    awsomeee! Every day love this more! XD

  • http://myspace.com/rawwrh Aroldo! XD

    awsomeee! Every day love this more! XD

  • alrightok

    awesome. it seems so obvious but for whatever reason I never looked at just making (that many) smaller pieces to create the full shape.

    question: do you guys find sometimes you put in all this work on a great hand made letter form and it goes completely over the clients head because it doesn’t have splatter or anything ‘cool’? like design for designers bascially..?

  • http://www.myspace.com/majicconcepts Majic Concepts

    I have seen your ornamental text work, and I’m SO glad you’ve shared your method with us. I am in the middle of designing some new shirts for one of our stores, and this is exactly what the kind of stuff I need right now! :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/majicconcepts Majic Concepts

    I have seen your ornamental text work, and I’m SO glad you’ve shared your method with us. I am in the middle of designing some new shirts for one of our stores, and this is exactly what the kind of stuff I need right now! :)

  • Nathan

    great stuff! cheers.

  • alrightok

    awesome. it seems so obvious but for whatever reason I never looked at just making (that many) smaller pieces to create the full shape.

    question: do you guys find sometimes you put in all this work on a great hand made letter form and it goes completely over the clients head because it doesn’t have splatter or anything ‘cool’? like design for designers bascially..?

  • http://www.pauseculture.com Chris

    Very nice!

    I’ve never really dabbled with 3d. What would be a good Mac alternative to 3d Studio Max?

  • http://www.pauseculture.com Chris

    Very nice!

    I’ve never really dabbled with 3d. What would be a good Mac alternative to 3d Studio Max?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    @ alrightok – Yeah in fact, the only one I’ve done that was accepted was the Korn one. The sucky thing about this lettering is that you can’t reuse it for another client if it’s rejected, because it’s tailored specifically for the band name. It’s unfortunate, but hey, that’s life!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    @ alrightok – Yeah in fact, the only one I’ve done that was accepted was the Korn one. The sucky thing about this lettering is that you can’t reuse it for another client if it’s rejected, because it’s tailored specifically for the band name. It’s unfortunate, but hey, that’s life!

  • Nathan

    great stuff! cheers.

  • Mark

    Nice letterforms! Very cool. I’m curious why you don’t use Illustrators 3D extrude tools as opposed to going into a 3D Max. If the results you’re after are just flat vector coloring AI’s 3D tool would work and wouldn’t require doing the live trace. Just a thought.

  • Mark

    Nice letterforms! Very cool. I’m curious why you don’t use Illustrators 3D extrude tools as opposed to going into a 3D Max. If the results you’re after are just flat vector coloring AI’s 3D tool would work and wouldn’t require doing the live trace. Just a thought.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Mark – I have used the Illustrator 3D extrude, and I prefer 3D Max simply because I feel I have more control. I’m biased though so if you can accomplish this same effect in Illy, by all means! Do what you’re most comfortable with!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Mark – I have used the Illustrator 3D extrude, and I prefer 3D Max simply because I feel I have more control. I’m biased though so if you can accomplish this same effect in Illy, by all means! Do what you’re most comfortable with!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    @Chris – I believe Mac can use Cinema 4D right?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    @Chris – I believe Mac can use Cinema 4D right?

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  • David

    This is so awesome! I always wanted to learn this, thanks so much for sharing, you rock!

  • daveisdrawing

    YOU STOLE THESE FROM AARON HORKEY.

    hack.

  • daveisdrawing

    YOU STOLE THESE FROM AARON HORKEY.

    hack.

  • David

    This is so awesome! I always wanted to learn this, thanks so much for sharing, you rock!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    I wish I could draw as good as Horkey!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    I wish I could draw as good as Horkey!

  • http://iamwilliam.deviantart.com Iamwilliam

    Great tutorial! inspired me..
    Why did you trace the white part of the logo the second time?.. after the 3d render..
    you already had the vector version right?

  • http://iamwilliam.deviantart.com Iamwilliam

    Great tutorial! inspired me..
    Why did you trace the white part of the logo the second time?.. after the 3d render..
    you already had the vector version right?

  • marcos cortes)dominican republ

    so amazing.very intesting ,great thanks for sharing ,man .you´re so great ,keep the good work

  • marcos cortes)dominican republic

    so amazing.very intesting ,great thanks for sharing ,man .you´re so great ,keep the good work

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    @iamwilliam – Because it was slightly different than the original because of the new perspective.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    @iamwilliam – Because it was slightly different than the original because of the new perspective.

  • Rai

    Amazing work! Thaks for always passing on useful tips and info. Do know a good (less expensive) 3dmax alternative? I don’t have 3 grand to spend at the moment.

  • Rai

    Amazing work! Thaks for always passing on useful tips and info. Do know a good (less expensive) 3dmax alternative? I don’t have 3 grand to spend at the moment.

  • fatchris

    way to make unreadable text even more unreadable. also, why didn’t you just do it all in illustrator instead of making harder for yourself?

  • fatchris

    way to make unreadable text even more unreadable. also, why didn’t you just do it all in illustrator instead of making harder for yourself?

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    There is Cinema 4D for a 3D Max alternative – and to Fatchris, it’s easier for me to do it in 3D than to try to fake it with Illustrator. Just my personal preference is all.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    There is Cinema 4D for a 3D Max alternative – and to Fatchris, it’s easier for me to do it in 3D than to try to fake it with Illustrator. Just my personal preference is all.

  • Chad

    What the heck is fatchris talking about? an unreadable text even more unreadable? That’s just dumb. It’s a band logo design that is very readable and damn cool, Not font for a research paper or something.

  • Chad

    What the heck is fatchris talking about? an unreadable text even more unreadable? That’s just dumb. It’s a band logo design that is very readable and damn cool, Not font for a research paper or something.

  • Eric Wiley

    Jeff,

    Just found your site. So happy to see such a sweet illustrator as yourself in in Cleveland.

    Thanks for sharing, too.

  • Eric Wiley

    Jeff,

    Just found your site. So happy to see such a sweet illustrator as yourself in in Cleveland.

    Thanks for sharing, too.

  • lordnahkim

    Go Media, Hydro74, Aaron Horkey’s type illustrations are modernized takes on decorative Signage that dates back to the 1800′s when each sign was planned by a signmaker or calligraphic artist and whittled/carved from wood then painted. The most significant thing about these guys is that they are spending a lot of time to make a type treatment exceptional. Keep up the hard work guys, dope stuff!

  • lordnahkim

    Go Media, Hydro74, Aaron Horkey’s type illustrations are modernized takes on decorative Signage that dates back to the 1800′s when each sign was planned by a signmaker or calligraphic artist and whittled/carved from wood then painted. The most significant thing about these guys is that they are spending a lot of time to make a type treatment exceptional. Keep up the hard work guys, dope stuff!

  • http://www.BJMRamage.com BJMRamage

    Wow! how cool was this.
    granted, i may not use all the steps as seen above since I think most could be used within Illustrator (and since I do not have a 3D App) but very cool to see how this was done.

    Also, of note, while shopping this past weekend, I saw someone had a Stone Sour Sweatshirt on…how cool was that? I don’t think i have noticed it prior but now i will be on teh lookout for it.

    Thanks again

  • http://www.BJMRamage.com BJMRamage

    Wow! how cool was this.
    granted, i may not use all the steps as seen above since I think most could be used within Illustrator (and since I do not have a 3D App) but very cool to see how this was done.

    Also, of note, while shopping this past weekend, I saw someone had a Stone Sour Sweatshirt on…how cool was that? I don’t think i have noticed it prior but now i will be on teh lookout for it.

    Thanks again

  • AKKILLLA

    Dats the shit

  • AKKILLLA

    Dats the shit

  • miguel

    can you show how you did the “Tough or Suffer” and what type was that? nice work bro.

  • miguel

    can you show how you did the “Tough or Suffer” and what type was that? nice work bro.

  • http://freelancingmoney.com/ Gia

    Very good! This is probably the best lettering tutorial I’ve seen on the web so far. You guys do great work! Keep it up!

  • http://freelancingmoney.com/ Gia

    Very good! This is probably the best lettering tutorial I’ve seen on the web so far. You guys do great work! Keep it up!

  • http://www.mpcomputer.blogfa.com MPcomputer

    dear friend
    than you ….
    thank you for nice work

  • http://www.mpcomputer.blogfa.com MPcomputer

    dear friend
    than you ….
    thank you for nice work

  • Caloy Depante

    nice technique
    i hope i can use that technique
    someday haha
    keep up the good work
    Caloy,Philippines

  • Caloy Depante

    nice technique
    i hope i can use that technique
    someday haha
    keep up the good work
    Caloy,Philippines

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  • Sp. Shut

    Couldn’t you just use 3d bevel and emboss in illustrator instead of all this hassle with 3ds max and photoshop?

  • Sp. Shut

    Couldn’t you just use 3d bevel and emboss in illustrator instead of all this hassle with 3ds max and photoshop?

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  • Jon

    In what format do i go from Illustrator to 3D studio max and then from max what format to phtoshop?

    thanks

  • Jon

    In what format do i go from Illustrator to 3D studio max and then from max what format to phtoshop?

    thanks

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  • http://www.comerut.galeon.com Jhony Alex Celso ®

    Hablen en español carajos.. que no save… el ingles cualquier cabron sabe .. mejor hablen in spanish

    speak in spanish !!!

    JAC (º_º) ®

    Los Cherris

  • http://www.comerut.galeon.com Jhony Alex Celso ®

    Hablen en español carajos.. que no save… el ingles cualquier cabron sabe .. mejor hablen in spanish

    speak in spanish !!!

    JAC (º_º) ®

    Los Cherris

  • celso

    Someone just put my name on the last comment and with not very good Spanish manners, so to you, I don’t know who you are but it’ll be pretty nice to ask for help in Spanish to some of us who speak it in good conditions,you said that anyone can speak English right? well obviously this page is US based so be polite with the rest of us and we will gladly help you, si no entiendes esto ya sabes q te podemos ayudar pero en buenas condiciones sino pues lo siento mucho, pero aqui tenemos libertad de opinar siempre lo hagamos con respeto a los demas. cuidate y suerte.

  • celso

    Someone just put my name on the last comment and with not very good Spanish manners, so to you, I don’t know who you are but it’ll be pretty nice to ask for help in Spanish to some of us who speak it in good conditions,you said that anyone can speak English right? well obviously this page is US based so be polite with the rest of us and we will gladly help you, si no entiendes esto ya sabes q te podemos ayudar pero en buenas condiciones sino pues lo siento mucho, pero aqui tenemos libertad de opinar siempre lo hagamos con respeto a los demas. cuidate y suerte.

  • http://tubatesmal.com Luís Reis

    Thanks! Very useful and inspiring!

  • http://tubatesmal.com Luís Reis

    Thanks! Very useful and inspiring!

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  • henk

    thanx for the tuturial i it bwassen’t very hardt but it just takes time to do al the pencel stuf ;)

  • henk

    thanx for the tuturial i it bwassen’t very hardt but it just takes time to do al the pencel stuf ;)

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  • Janice Willison

    I am very interested in your lettering process. However, what I am wanting to do is for a special project. I have a favorite verse that I would like to apply to a stone and place that stone on my son’s gravesite.

  • http://janice46@mac.com Janice Willison

    I am very interested in your lettering process. However, what I am wanting to do is for a special project. I have a favorite verse that I would like to apply to a stone and place that stone on my son’s gravesite.

  • romi lizada

    Great tutorial but this could be done in Illustrator 3D plugin without using 3DSMax to make the look of 3D. :)

  • romi lizada

    Great tutorial but this could be done in Illustrator 3D plugin without using 3DSMax to make the look of 3D. :)

  • nienke

    Nice work. I’ve a vector text image and would like to create a path in 3dsmax, how does that work?

  • nienke

    Nice work. I’ve a vector text image and would like to create a path in 3dsmax, how does that work?

  • http://wilsoninc.deviantart.com Juan Gómez

    nice tutorial but you can actually do the last part with illustrator and no 3D software (if a bold black shape is what you want, and actually if you want it shaded too), you just finish your logo, paint white, add black stroke, Filter or effects > 3D > extrude use the “no shading” option, once you get your text nice, click ok, go to, object i think, and “expand Appearence” :) now you just need to get all the black shapes together :)

  • http://wilsoninc.deviantart.com Juan Gómez

    nice tutorial but you can actually do the last part with illustrator and no 3D software (if a bold black shape is what you want, and actually if you want it shaded too), you just finish your logo, paint white, add black stroke, Filter or effects > 3D > extrude use the “no shading” option, once you get your text nice, click ok, go to, object i think, and “expand Appearence” :) now you just need to get all the black shapes together :)

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  • Ian

    Well done, but without wanting to be discouraging, some of the letters need more work. I suggest you study copperplate calligraphy and practice, practice, practice with steel pens and a fine sable brush, letting the tool do as much of the work as possible.

    Alternatively, a much easier way is to use one a font of a similar style. This is a good one:

    http://www.letterheadfonts.com/fonts/antiqueshop.shtml

  • Ian

    Well done, but without wanting to be discouraging, some of the letters need more work. I suggest you study copperplate calligraphy and practice, practice, practice with steel pens and a fine sable brush, letting the tool do as much of the work as possible.

    Alternatively, a much easier way is to use one a font of a similar style. This is a good one:

    http://www.letterheadfonts.com/fonts/antiqueshop.shtml

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Ian,

    Thanks I’ll look into those pens and brushes. It’s obviously much more work doing it all in Illustrator!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff

    Ian,

    Thanks I’ll look into those pens and brushes. It’s obviously much more work doing it all in Illustrator!

  • Cbagdatli

    Very beautiful one you do not work thankings.

  • Cbagdatli

    Very beautiful one you do not work thankings.

  • daniel sosa

    the article is great and i have some of the artistic part to make the lettering but i dont have any skills whats so over on illustrator and using the pen tool if you could tell me some great tutorials where i can learn to use it it will be appriciated

  • daniel sosa

    the article is great and i have some of the artistic part to make the lettering but i dont have any skills whats so over on illustrator and using the pen tool if you could tell me some great tutorials where i can learn to use it it will be appriciated

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  • http://www.allmylovegifts.net Sin

    Wow Jeff

    thanks for the great tut, and the inspiration :)

  • http://www.allmylovegifts.net Sin

    Wow Jeff

    thanks for the great tut, and the inspiration :)

  • http://3dmax.bellinsky.net 3dman

    Goooood! =)
    btw, usually I used Illustrate for 3ds max – it can export to swf format.

  • http://3dmax.bellinsky.net 3dman

    Goooood! =)
    btw, usually I used Illustrate for 3ds max – it can export to swf format.

  • Ian Merrill

    This is so great! Your compositions are crushing!

  • Ian Merrill

    This is so great! Your compositions are crushing!

  • http://totaltutorial.com/category/adobe-illustrator-tutorials/ Stefan Ashwell

    Awesome text effect! Love stone sour too haha :D

  • http://totaltutorial.com/category/adobe-illustrator-tutorials/ Stefan Ashwell

    Awesome text effect! Love stone sour too haha :D

  • Trevor

    I often go from 2D to 3D to 2D, everything looks better when your perspective is right on. This was a great tip too! Wish I knew every program, but i guess I have the rest of my life to keep trying!

  • Trevor

    I often go from 2D to 3D to 2D, everything looks better when your perspective is right on. This was a great tip too! Wish I knew every program, but i guess I have the rest of my life to keep trying!

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  • Bernardo

    Man, i love your work, i am from Brazil and looking for art like that to make a tattoo for me, i want a text like this but hip-hop style, do you hava a tutorial for this? The text will be SouthSide. Thanks

  • Bernardo

    Man, i love your work, i am from Brazil and looking for art like that to make a tattoo for me, i want a text like this but hip-hop style, do you hava a tutorial for this? The text will be SouthSide. Thanks

  • Guaricho

    exelente vale, lo que me cuesta un poco es el 3D studio Max… pero hay voy avanzando…je

  • Guaricho

    exelente vale, lo que me cuesta un poco es el 3D studio Max… pero hay voy avanzando…je

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  • Mal

    Great Work….
    I do a lot of Lettering Works too…
    This will surely Help alot…

    Thanks Man..

  • Mal

    Great Work….
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    A question, and another method that doesn’t require you to go to a 3-D program.

    The question first. If you are drawing this out in Photoshop with paths, why not just export those paths to illustrator? You have already gone through the work once, why do it again when you don’t have to?

    For the Illustrator method.
    Once you have your type and or logo drawn out, and you are happy with it, select all the elements and make a compound path with them, this makes them act like one individual piece for the most part.
    With your new compound path selected, go to your Object menu, and go to the submenu for Path. Select Offset Path, and put in the desired outline width, then click OK. You can redo this till you are happy with it.
    Once you have your outline set to a satisfactory width, select your original lettering, and change the fill color, this will make it easier for you to see what you are working with.
    Select the outline piece(s), and make a compound path with them, next, you can copy your outline path, and Paste in Back, this should give you a copy placed behind the original text and outline. With that copy selected, move it and scale it down to the desired place and scale you want your extrusion to go to. Now select both the original outline, and the smaller offset outline, and make a blend of the two. You can adjust the effect of the extrusion by going to the Object menu, then the Blend submenu, and pick Blend Options, once there you can pick Specify steps to get the desired look.
    IF you want that extrusion and outline to be just plain black, then keep both the original and the reduced and offset versions of the outline black, if you want to have the extrusion fade to another color, change the color of the reduced outline. If you were doing this for screen printing, having the reduced outline filled with white would make your extrusion fade to the color of the garment.

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    A question, and another method that doesn’t require you to go to a 3-D program.

    The question first. If you are drawing this out in Photoshop with paths, why not just export those paths to illustrator? You have already gone through the work once, why do it again when you don’t have to?

    For the Illustrator method.
    Once you have your type and or logo drawn out, and you are happy with it, select all the elements and make a compound path with them, this makes them act like one individual piece for the most part.
    With your new compound path selected, go to your Object menu, and go to the submenu for Path. Select Offset Path, and put in the desired outline width, then click OK. You can redo this till you are happy with it.
    Once you have your outline set to a satisfactory width, select your original lettering, and change the fill color, this will make it easier for you to see what you are working with.
    Select the outline piece(s), and make a compound path with them, next, you can copy your outline path, and Paste in Back, this should give you a copy placed behind the original text and outline. With that copy selected, move it and scale it down to the desired place and scale you want your extrusion to go to. Now select both the original outline, and the smaller offset outline, and make a blend of the two. You can adjust the effect of the extrusion by going to the Object menu, then the Blend submenu, and pick Blend Options, once there you can pick Specify steps to get the desired look.
    IF you want that extrusion and outline to be just plain black, then keep both the original and the reduced and offset versions of the outline black, if you want to have the extrusion fade to another color, change the color of the reduced outline. If you were doing this for screen printing, having the reduced outline filled with white would make your extrusion fade to the color of the garment.

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  • Vei

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    Hey! great tut!! in which format did you export the vector to 3dsmax? i have some problems when i import them into MAX because some lines disappear when i convert the whole shape to poly.
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    Hey! great tut!! in which format did you export the vector to 3dsmax? i have some problems when i import them into MAX because some lines disappear when i convert the whole shape to poly.
    Thank you! keep it up :)

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    Any chance in being able to do the 3D part in CS4, or CS3?, the extruding and whatnot can be done in illustrator but with the new 3d options especially in CS4, I would love to see if its possible if you guys could do a tutorial with just using Photoshop and Illustrator, cant wait to see if any 3d tuts you have lined up with CS4 out.

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    Any chance in being able to do the 3D part in CS4, or CS3?, the extruding and whatnot can be done in illustrator but with the new 3d options especially in CS4, I would love to see if its possible if you guys could do a tutorial with just using Photoshop and Illustrator, cant wait to see if any 3d tuts you have lined up with CS4 out.

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