Retro Sci Fi Movie title letters 3D ?

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Retro Sci Fi Movie title letters 3D ?

Post by ThatsNotAllFolks » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:40 pm

What is an easy way to create those protruding 3D letters for titles seen at the beginning of Mid century Science Fiction movies. They seem to stretch toward the viewer from infinity. If I trace a letter and create a 3D object from it, it starts to resemble what I am talking about but I can only make it so deep.
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Re: Retro Sci Fi Movie title letters 3D ?

Post by slowtiger » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:48 pm

You can abuse Motion Blur for it.
Put all text in one layer (I used a bitmap). Do an animation from small to large (scale layer), over 100 frames, set interpolation to linear. Set Motion Blur to 100 frames and opacity to 100%. Render as image. As you can see in my example, you can rotate and translate as well.

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You'll notice that a uniformly coloured outline will only give you a trail in just one colour. I'd suggest to use several colours in the outline and switch segments on and off where needed (this is one of the few cases you want 2 outlines on the same shape) to create a more 3D effect.
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Re: Retro Sci Fi Movie title letters 3D ?

Post by ThatsNotAllFolks » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:15 am

slowtiger wrote:You can abuse Motion Blur for it.
Put all text in one layer (I used a bitmap). Do an animation from small to large (scale layer), over 100 frames, set interpolation to linear. Set Motion Blur to 100 frames and opacity to 100%. Render as image. As you can see in my example, you can rotate and translate as well.

Image

You'll notice that a uniformly coloured outline will only give you a trail in just one colour. I'd suggest to use several colours in the outline and switch segments on and off where needed (this is one of the few cases you want 2 outlines on the same shape) to create a more 3D effect.
Thankyou so very much!!! This is precisely what I wanted!!!
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Re: Retro Sci Fi Movie title letters 3D ?

Post by chucky » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:15 pm

Sequential offender.
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Re: Retro Sci Fi Movie title letters 3D ?

Post by jahnocli » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:10 pm

Ha ha! -- I thought he was going to hail a taxi!
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