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Tutorial Preview: Design 3D Type

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Combine cinema 4D, Photoshop and Illustrator to create 3D gold typography

In Greek mythology, there’s a king called Midas who, as the story goes, had the power to turn anything that he touched into pure gold.

Inspired by that tale, we will turn a simple vector line into a 3D, minimalistic gold typography using Illustrator, CINEMA 4D (C4D) and Photoshop.

Over the next few steps, you will learn how different tools and software can come together to produce a richly designed artwork with killer execution.

The project will take at most four or five hours to create, including render time. You will be spending that time perfecting the curves in Illustrator, as well as getting the perfect lighting and shaders in CINEMA 4D.

To complete the tutorial, you will need to use the V-Ray plug-in and the GreyScaleGorilla HDRI Light Kit in CINEMA 4D ( These are not strictly necessary, but are recommended for getting the best results.

Once we’ve rendered the objects in C4D we’ll move to Photoshop for post work. You’ll learn how to adjust lights and shadows by applying different adjustment layers and filters.

After completing this tutorial, you will have all the skills for creating 3D typography using your own handwriting.

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Tutorial Preview: Design 3D Type