Learning Dark Arts

Come learn the art of 3D computer generated art and animation. This blog deals with the lessons learned and the art created by Robert G. Male using DazStudio from Daz3D. Also covered are the ancillary software, tools, techniques, and processes needed both before and after rendering in the 3D software.


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April 26, 2010

Smooth and Easy Text Art

There are few simple methods that I have used in creating text art for my magazine. The first, selecting a font, is both simple and difficult. There are a lot to chose from even in the creepy and horror themed fonts. Some look good at certain sizes, some need to be bolded every time, some need to be stretched to be legible. Others need editing and almost all of them benefit from some kind of smoothing. Thankfully programs like PaintShop--which I use a very old version of--and PhotoShop have built in font smoothing in the font tool. Sometimes though other smoothing is necessary. One quick and dirty trick I use is to create a simple HTML page with the text at an appropriate size. The browser tends to have excellent text smoothing since it intends for you to use it to read for hours and hours.

A number of my text art pieces use gradients. I use the gradients most often like I would use spotlights in a rendering program like DazStudio. Even like I use normal lights and negative intensity lights you can use the gradients, like the radial one, in reverse sometimes going from dark in the centre to light at the outer edges. The centre of the gradient also need not be the centre of the text art. One of the constraints that I have to deal with creating these text images is that I have only a certain amount of space, particularly width so that I do not mess up the column layout of the articles. On the other hand I have some amount of leeway in contrast and brightness since I am working with issues to be read on a computer screen. Modifications will be required to move to e-paper.

Music: Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden.

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Robert G. Male

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