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
At first we will work with Cinema 4D to create cracked 3d text effect. So, open Cinema 4D, create a text and write “ST“.
Now do the same with the letters “O“, “N“, “E“.
Place the letters in the right order, as in the image:
Now add an “Extrude Nurbs” and repeat this step 3 more times.
Put each letter into a corresponding “Extrude Nurbs“.
Change the depth from 20 to 50 cm.
Go to “Caps” and set the values as in the image:
Select the “O” and turn it on, then place it at your leisure.
Do the same with the “E” always following the image:
Now insert a “Background” and apply a material. Choose the image by clicking on “Texture“.
Drag the material on the “Background” and set the values as shown in the image:
Enter a “Plane” and enlarge it up to come out from the background image.
Add material to the “Plane” and change the “Projection” from “UVW Mapping” to “Frontal”.
Right-click on “Plane“, go to “Cinema 4D Tags” -> “Compositing” and select “Compositing Background“.
Now add the “Area Light” and place it in the top left.
Go to “General“, select “Shadow” and set “Shadow Maps (Soft)“, then go to “Shadow” and set the “Density” from 100 to 75%.
Go to “Render View” to see the result.
Now go to “Render Settings” and set the values as in the images:
Go to “Render to Picture View” for create an image like that:
Now open the file in Adobe Photoshop.
Import the “Rock1” file and transform it, cmd+T (MAC), ctrl+T (PC).
Add a mask and change the “Blending Mode” from “Normal” to “Multiply”.
Cover the mask as in the image and change the “Opacity” from 100 to 75%.
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:
Changing colors of the rocks using the “Color Balance” and “Levels“.
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).
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:
Add a mask and fill it of black.
With the “Brush Tool” to draw the small clumps of grass on the mask as in the image:
Create a new Layer above all and copy all visible Layers, cmd+alt+shift+E (MAC), ctrl+alt+shift+E (PC).
Adjust colors as you like until you get a result like this:
Final Result: Realistic Cracked Stone Text Effect
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