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    Best 3D Typegraphy software

    Whats is the best 3d typo software with maximum professional editing capabilities?

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    There's probably 3D software specifically for text, or software that isn't good for much else. It comes down to what you want, really.
    Pro 3D packages will give you the most control over the final look, so that's the usual packages like 3ds, Maya, Softimage, Cinema3D, Modo, etc. 3ds has bizarro font support, though, and this is an issue Autodesk knows about but doesn't seem to care about much. You could also use Rhino and its ilk. Most of these have awful options for kerning, if any, and only the most rudimentary of typography options, so while they can make 3D text it doesn't mean that the text is good looking before it's made dimensional. If all you want is text, this is like plinking fruit flies with a howitzer— the power of these apps is a bit overkill-y.

    Then there're the tools you don't necessarily think of. Illustrator allows for 3D-ish text if you want something that's, well, a bit slow and tends to the cartoonish. Over in the land of random keyboard shortcuts Xara allows simple 3D work with any shape, including text, but you'll have to fake any realistic lighting or shadows, since it supports only the most basic of shading models. It is stupidfast, though.

    The application people overlook is Photoshop. If you've got CC or, previously, the extended editions, there is 3D support. You can make your text path and photoshop can apply 3D effects and render in-scene. It's got an interface even a mother would consider leaving at the doorstep of the Sisters Of Infinite Shame nunnery, but the effects possible are actually quite good.

    Best is a horrible, useless term. There's just the "best" tool for a person doing a job and that tool is going to change from person to person or from job to job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetinari View Post
    There's probably 3D software specifically for text, or software that isn't good for much else. It comes down to what you want, really.
    Pro 3D packages will give you the most control over the final look, so that's the usual packages like 3ds, Maya, Softimage, Cinema3D, Modo, etc. 3ds has bizarro font support, though, and this is an issue Autodesk knows about but doesn't seem to care about much. You could also use Rhino and its ilk. Most of these have awful options for kerning, if any, and only the most rudimentary of typography options, so while they can make 3D text it doesn't mean that the text is good looking before it's made dimensional. If all you want is text, this is like plinking fruit flies with a howitzer— the power of these apps is a bit overkill-y.

    Then there're the tools you don't necessarily think of. Illustrator allows for 3D-ish text if you want something that's, well, a bit slow and tends to the cartoonish. Over in the land of random keyboard shortcuts Xara allows simple 3D work with any shape, including text, but you'll have to fake any realistic lighting or shadows, since it supports only the most basic of shading models. It is stupidfast, though.

    The application people overlook is Photoshop. If you've got CC or, previously, the extended editions, there is 3D support. You can make your text path and photoshop can apply 3D effects and render in-scene. It's got an interface even a mother would consider leaving at the doorstep of the Sisters Of Infinite Shame nunnery, but the effects possible are actually quite good.

    Best is a horrible, useless term. There's just the "best" tool for a person doing a job and that tool is going to change from person to person or from job to job.
    I would also recommend Photoshop. It is the easier and one of the most effective ways to do it.

    You could also try Illustrator CC, the 3D Text effects was bumped in this version, definitely worth a try if you are looking for a vector based effect.

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    If you can get your hands on them, the genuine 3D applications like 3DS Max, Maya and Cinema 4D are best due the sheer depth of their options. I use Cinema 4D with an alpha channel to export 3D text to Photoshop. Sometimes it looks amazing!

    But, if you want simpler 3D text, then I guess the current iterations of Illustrator and Photoshop can do that for you.

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    You could use after effects with the video copilot 3d plugin, or C4d handles text quite well

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    C4d

    I second C4d, it works well with text once you get the hang of it.

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    Second this, photoshop is overlooked, but with the news CC version, 3d capabilities are limitless

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