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Bryce Tutorials

To create great looking 3D text in Bryce all you need is a paint program and Bryce; there is no need for a separate 3D modelling program to extrude the text and create a model to import into Bryce. You can use any of the fonts you have on your system.
Create the text in Photoshop or your favourite painting program. All painting programs allow you to create white text on a black background.

The size of your text image should be 512x512 pixels and the text should be antialiased. Save the image in BMP format on the PC or PIC on the Mac. Try to fill the image with the text by adjusting font size.

In Bryce create a Symmetrical Lattice. I've also applied a sky preset and a water plane. With the Symmetrical Lattice selected click on the E button to enter the Terrain Editor.

In the Terrain Editor select new and select a grid size of 512x512 and click on New. Also select Solid from the options given by the downward pointing triangle next to the colour rainbow icon.
Now select Pictures, click on Load above the left thumbnail and load your text image. Click on Load above the next thumbnail and load the image again. Now click on apply and your screen should look like the picture to the left.
The 3D preview looks terrible but wait it will improve.

Drag the Clipping bracket UP from the BOTTOM and then drag the clipping bracket DOWN from the TOP. Your screen should look like the picture to the left.
Click on the check mark to return to the rendering screen. Rotate your 3D text to a upright position facing forwards. Apply a material and render. You need to move the sun around to get a glint on metallic textures. You may also need to tilt the text backwards slightly.
Below are some examples. The bottom right one was constructed of four separate text images and Symmetrical Lattices, this allows you to place the text components in different planes for a neat effect.


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