|This is, I hope, not the best that can be done, digitally recreating
engraved text, but it's the best I've done so far.
In this piece, I used the image itself as a Pattern
the text and as the Surface Texture.
I'm not quite sure what happened, but have a hunch that it worked this
well for a few reasons (previous trys have been miserably disappointing):
First, the font itself was a slightly better choice than some, to be
convincing as engraved text.
Second, the Dynamic Text
feature of Painter 6 offers
the choice of sunken, or engraved, text (though I'd prefer to learn how
to create really nice engraved text manually).
Third, Dynamic Text
also offers the option to Fill
the text with a Pattern.
Filling it with the image (the same image as the surface) seems to make
it more convincing as text that was carved out of that surface.
Fourth, the image itself already has a texture and highlights that,
when seen continuing down into the sunken or engraved text, help to make
the text appear more to have been carved out of that surface.
That's how I see it anyway.. and by now we know how they eye can play
tricks on us!
The following tutorial is written for Painter
I began with an image that had been painted over
with a large Impasto
brush and one of the Smeary
variants, one that I'd planned to use as a background for another painting.
These are the steps to complete the engraved text
In the Select menu,
choose All to select
the entire image.
In the Art Materials palette,
menu, choose Define Pattern.
In the Objects
palette, Dynamic Layers
section, choose Dynamic Text,
pt AlgerianBasD (or any font you like that has enough
bulk to hold up when the various effects are applied), then click the Appearance:
tab and use the following settings:
the Objects palette,
section, highlight the Dynamic Text
Layer and click the Drop
button to drop the text to the Canvas.
Fill using: Pattern
Shadow Style: 3rd
icon to the right (sunken or "engraved" style)
the Effects menu,
choose Surface Control,
Let's see what you can do to improve on this method. It would be great
to get some really fine engraved text samples out of all the work we've
been doing on the PainterWorld
list at eGroups
and the Painter Forum
all other settings at default.
thanks, to Mike at i/us :O)