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3-d cloud text effect

3-d cloud text effect
A Creative COW 3ds Max tutorial


3d Cloud Text Effect

Morteza Yousefi Morteza Yousefi
Tehran, Iran

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In this tutorial, Morteza Yousefi demonstrates how to create a 3-d cloud text effect using Discreet's 3ds Max. Beginner to intermediate.

Download 3ds max project file here

Create 3d text in max like this



Now make Particle Cloud and pick 3d text that you made




Load cloud / smoke



Set use rate to 500



Set speed to 0.2 and variation to 100%



Set life to 10 and variation to 25



In frame 0, set size to 8 and in frame 25, set size to 85
Set variation to 50% and fade for to 15



In particle type, choose facing



Create 2 wind force as you see in picture below.



Set strength of wind 1 to 0.2
and turbulence to 0.2
and frequency to 2.0



Set strength of wind 2 to 0.2



Now make a gravity force as you see in picture



Set strength to -0.3 and select spherical



Bind this 3 force to your Particle Cloud

You'll need to create a material. Go to material editor and set the options below for your material

click on face map



in opacity choose gradient



and in Gradient parameters in color #2 choose noise and Radial for Gradient Type



and in noise parameters
set size to 20
in frame 0 set color #2 to white and in frame 35 to black
in frame 0 set phase to 0 and in frame 35 set to 10




now copy this noise to color #3



and assign this material to your Particle Cloud

Make an omni light and if you want a puffy cloud you can use ray-trace shadow
Hide your text

You should see something like this in frame 0:




You should see something like this in frame 15:



and in frame 25:




Download the max file here if you haven't already.

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