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Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby SallyMae on 03/13/2016, 8:45 am

Hi Everyone,

I've been watching Andrew's new Saber tutorial, and am particularly interested in the effect he discusses at 16:34 in the video. He has some text created with Element 3D which I'm fine with. However, could someone please explain how I can create the overlay which he mentions at 16:34 - "simply overlaying a nice edge design" which is needed in order to create the Saber effect on the 3D text.

I'm relatively new to this. I have my 3D text created in Element 3D and ready, but I'm not sure how to go about preparing the overlay.

Thanks in advance for any detailed assistance you can provide.

Sally
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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby Duncan on 03/14/2016, 10:36 am

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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby SallyMae on 03/14/2016, 2:55 pm

Thanks. I saw that tutorial earlier, but unfortunately it's not quite the same thing.
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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby Duncan on 03/16/2016, 7:39 am

Maybe this thread will help:

viewtopic.php?f=36&t=126144
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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby jonjon358 on 03/16/2016, 8:37 am

It took me a minute but I figured it out with the help of another thread, here:

viewtopic.php?f=36&t=126144

Basically, here's the process:

1) Create your Element 3D extrusion from a text layer
2) Create masks from the same text layer (under the Layer menu)
3) Copy the masks and paste them into a new comp-size solid
4) Apply Saber to that solid and set the Core Type to masks, and make it 3D
5) Under Solid Settings, quadruple (at least, probably) the size of the solid
6) Then scale down the solid to 25% in the comp using transform
7) Align it with your Element in 3D space

You pretty much have to scale up and then down to get rid of pixelization and get manageable Saber settings (otherwise it's way too huge).

Here's my knockoff of Andrew's amazing work. It also helped me to bring the mask expansion in a bit so it fits in there better...

Comp-1-(0;00;00;27).jpg
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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby SallyMae on 03/16/2016, 9:52 am

Thanks Duncan and jonjon. Appreciate the post.

Good to know there were others scratching their heads over this particular effect. Looks great jonjon, I'm going to give it a shot.
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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby spevilgenius on 03/21/2018, 12:32 am

It seems that there is also some help from something else as I have done these steps but can't produce the same effect. I have wondered if it is the selected bevel setup with materials and/or the element 3d environment settings. I just can't get the blue color or the effect to come out that way. My solid was quadrupled and I may have to go for 8 times instead.
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Re: Element 3D Text and Saber Tutorial

Postby spevilgenius on 03/23/2018, 1:35 am

I did discover that the bevel setup and Element 3D environment play a huge role in how the saber effect works. I also followed the same steps as outlined by others by creating masks from my text, copying them into another layer and then quadrupled that layer. Then scale it down 25%. The effect was way better!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgDjbfXBvbg
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