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Published on Wed, Nov-24-2010 by Luca

Create Cracked 3D Stone Text Effect with Photoshop and Cinema 4D


In this tutorial we are going to create realistic stone text effect with Photoshop and Cinema 4D. At first with Cinema 4D we will create 3D style text. Then you will learn how to transform simple 3d text to cracked stone text and after that how using Adobe Photoshop place text in a natural environment and add realistic effect.

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Final Image Preview

Cracked 3d stone text effect

Stocks Used:

1.Step

At first we will work with Cinema 4D to create cracked 3d text effect. So, open Cinema 4D, create a text and write “ST“.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

Now do the same with the letters “O“, “N“, “E“.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

2.Step

Place the letters in the right order, as in the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

Now add an “Extrude Nurbs” and repeat this step 3 more times.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

3.Step

Put each letter into a corresponding “Extrude Nurbs“.

cracked 3d stone text effect

Change the depth from 20 to 50 cm.

cracked 3d stone text effect

Go to “Caps” and set the values as in the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

4.Step

Select the “O” and turn it on, then place it at your leisure.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

5.Step

Do the same with the “E” always following the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

6.Step

Now insert a “Background” and apply a material. Choose the image by clicking on “Texture“.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

Drag the material on the “Background” and set the values as shown in the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

7.Step

Enter a “Plane” and enlarge it up to come out from the background image.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

Add material to the “Plane” and change the “Projection” from “UVW Mapping” to “Frontal”.

cracked 3d stone text effect

Right-click on “Plane“, go to “Cinema 4D Tags” -> “Compositing” and select “Compositing Background“.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

8.Step

Now add the “Area Light” and place it in the top left.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

9.Step

Go to “General“, select “Shadow” and set “Shadow Maps (Soft)“, then go to “Shadow” and set the “Density” from 100 to 75%.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

Go to “Render View” to see the result.

cracked 3d stone text effect

Now go to “Render Settings” and set the values as in the images:

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

Go to “Render to Picture View” for create an image like that:

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

10.Step

Now open the file in Adobe Photoshop.

Import the “Rock1” file and transform it, cmd+T (MAC), ctrl+T (PC).

cracked 3d stone text effect

11.Step

Add a mask and change the “Blending Modefrom “Normal” to “Multiply”.

cracked 3d stone text effect

Cover the mask as in the image and change the “Opacity” from 100 to 75%.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

12.Step

Open the “Rocks2” file and select only the interested parties. Than copy and paste into the previous file, and transform it as in the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

13.Step

Changing colors of the rocks using the “Color Balance” and “Levels“.

cracked 3d stone text effect

cracked 3d stone text effect

14.Step

Add a mask on Layer 2 and cover it as in the image. Now go to “Curves” and adjustment the tint, cmd+M (MAC), ctrl+M (PC).

cracked 3d stone text effect

15.Step

Now open the “Grass” file and select only interested parties. Than copy and paste into the previous file, and transform it.

Duplicate this level an merge them as in the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

16.Step

Add a mask and fill it of black.

cracked 3d stone text effect

With the “Brush Tool” to draw the small clumps of grass on the mask as in the image:

cracked 3d stone text effect

17.Step

Create a new Layer above all and copy all visible Layers, cmd+alt+shift+E (MAC), ctrl+alt+shift+E (PC).

cracked 3d stone text effect

Adjust colors as you like until you get a result like this:

cracked 3d stone text effect

Final Result: Realistic Cracked Stone Text Effect

Cracked 3d stone text effect

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40 Responses

  • techwench say:

    great informative tutorial
    thanks!!! for sharing your work and tutorial
    …….

    1
  • XHTMLSPRUCE say:

    Awesome tutorial.. Now i can create a 3D image easily… Thanks for sharing.

    2
  • Virtual Assistants say:

    I’m a 3D studio user … With your Cinema4D example, you made it easier to follow :) thanks for this tutorial — Kathleen

    3
  • gapi say:

    Am I blind or I don’t see the name of the used font?

    4
  • Luca say:

    Hi Gapi, yes i forgot to write it. But you can use any font…
    However if you want to use the same font, the name is JFRockSolid.

    5
  • Amr Boghdady say:

    Great tutorial! I’ve only started using Cinema 4D a few weeks ago, cause my new job requires me to use it, but so far I’m really loving it :)

    6
  • anderson say:

    super good, i learned a lot

    7
  • EDdi say:

    noob tutorial , got stucked at 10nd step , it needs more PICTURES!@@@@

    8
  • Dainis say:

    Hi, EDdi. You need help with 10 step? But there isnt anything difficult. Just open Photoshop, add your 3d text file. Then add to your work file rock1 file and transfer as you want. That is all in 10 step.

    9
  • Logomondo say:

    Very nice tutorial,I will give it a try. Thanks.

    10
  • Ezhil say:

    I don’t get the shadow of the text(seen in step9 render view).

    How to ‘Cover the mask’(step11)?
    I have done up to changing blending mode from normal to multiply and stuck here).

    11
  • Eddi say:

    Dainis- idk how to mask stone in to the text..

    12
  • Joniel say:

    very nice tutorial, however your site is slow to load up,

    13
  • Sajjad Shah say:

    Wow Thanks For Learn and Share

    14
  • GELI say:

    whats the text format

    15
  • anon say:

    what font did you use? please e-mail me at

    17
  • Swamykant say:

    Awesome work. Very detail tutorial. Thanks for share.

    18
  • @fox23 say:

    where will we do that?

    19

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