How To Make A Metal Logo Type in Cinema 4D and Photoshop

November 9, 2010 - By 


In this tutorial, I show you how to make a 3D Logo Type in Cinema 4D using Mograph Text and a bend deformer. I also go over how to texture and light the scene give it that reflective top-lit look. Then for the final composite, we will bring our 3D render in to Photoshop where we will put the final touches on using blending modes, blurs, and curves.

This tutorial is based off of this excellent identity rebrand by BEELD. Check out more of their incredible work here.

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  • Great Tutorial,

    This is one of my first comment so I must say I learned a lot from from Nick.
    Thanks’s for all this stuff you made.

    Here is my work based on this tutorial:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pozdy/5199320286/

  • you are really great
    thanks

  • This is from a brazillian TV Channel… its called Tele Cine (thats why its tc ///) i got really surprised when i saw the image of the rounded logo, first i thought tc copied greyscalegorilla xD
    im from brazil btw

  • Hi Nick, thanks for the tutorial!
    Great explanation as ever.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricardo_oliveira/5243079502/

    Cheers

  • Hi Nick, great tut as usual! I got a quick question, I can get pretty much the look of the metallic text but I have to turn on global illumination. I noticed you didn’t have it on in your render. Any reason one why that is??

  • excellent! great style, quick movement (pause button is there for a reason!), knowledge covering more than enough bases, I’m about to do more!

    Keep rockin, I’ll thank you by buying your lighting kits when I have money LOL!

    excellent!

  • Where did this tutorial go? All I’m seeing is a screenshot of the C4D interface and the final renders.

  • Nick, Thanks again for an awesome tut. Learned a lot about lighting and shadows in this one. I ended up using a sky object with a gradient rather than the Environment setting. The result ended up very similar. I decided to use some AI artwork in the second one.

    http://happyfarcefx.com/newlook/media/c4dmotext.jpg

    http://happyfarcefx.com/newlook/media/rkmotext.jpg

  • I would’ve just used a intersect boolean between extruded text and a cylinder to get the rounded text. So theres no wedge looking corner between the text and the plane.

  • Realy cool tutorial. I’m new at the Cinema 4D and this site is helping me a lot. I have a question about the subdivisions maded in the mograph text edges. How can I do it on a spline extruded? There’s no option for intermediate points when working with the extrusion of a spline, how can i make those subdivisions then? thanks for the tutorial. Great Work!

  • This tutorial helped me allot, especially with the lighting and tweaking tricks. Thanks!
    My take: http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/4990/metalliclogoedit.jpg

  • Great tutorial Nick. Do BEELD sell these effects for C4D?

  • created something alike in 2008, ffd and go…
    nothing serious – dont know, why some commentors are so angry.

    btw, who is beeld??

  • This is awesome. I use the same technique and this post probably helped a lot of people.

    bands like a day to remember

  • This is a great and very helpful tutorial. I am an absolute newbie, but I have not been hard to follow your proposal. Thanks!

  • Really nice tutorial!

    Regards from Sweden!

  • Love the Lighting Kit by the way and this Tut is great.
    I’ve learned tons.

    Question though. with the MoText object you had that nifty little intermediate points bit, to take care of all the missing geometry. What if you want to do the same thing but it’s based on a custom outlined text wordmark that’s brought in via Illustrator and extrude Nurbed. How do we smooth out the mesh on something like that?

  • I am Brazilian and I started using 3ds max for ease of finding materials, especially for V-ray. It would be even easier to use c4d for work with the Mac platform as well, so no need to use Windows. I found the excellent tutorial, but did not understand that part of the XXX. You yourself did? It is a pluggin? I searched a lot here on the internet and not found. He wanted to know how to do and some indication of sites with good materials. Thank you and congratulations once again.

  • I am Brazilian and I started using 3ds max for ease of finding materials, especially for V-ray. It would be even easier to use c4d for work with the Mac platform as well, so no need to use Windows. I found the excellent tutorial, but did not understand that part of the Overhead Softbox. You yourself did? It is a pluggin? I searched a lot here on the internet and not found. He wanted to know how to do and some indication of sites with good materials. Thank you and congratulations once again.

  • nick so i was on the website that you linked and it was awesome:) cant wait to finish the metal text:)

  • Hey! Thank you so much for the great content that you write about Cinema4D, In particular I really liked this post “How To Make A Metal Logo Type in Cinema 4D and Photoshop”. I am from Brazil, and got this TV channel, every day I see this logo and now, thanks to you, I know where he may have been created! LOL 🙂 Sorry for my bad english, it is not my native language.

  • u r the best nick

  • Great tut. Im from Brazil and alread had tried to do this logo, without much success. I dont read every reply in this post, but I found two things to talk:
    – you do not need to change the caps type, just the intermediate points. I use “uniform” and its work just fine;
    – to make a flat side, instead of use a plane to hide the other face, you can use boolean, but its consume a lot of memory.

  • Genevaldo - Brasil September 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Nick your really cool tutorial (How To Make A Type Metal Logo in Photoshop and Cinema 4D), the language and Portuguese-Brazil Portuguese-different from Portugual, this production made ??the stickers to the cable television channel, each Telecine ound channel has a style of video.
    And yes it is in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, it is also open to the greatest novels television station in Brazil, TV Globo.
    Nick thanks for the lessons I’m learning a lot for your tutorials and really loving the ease of working with Cinema 4D.

  • César Velázquez October 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks a lot for the tut Mr. Nick; here’s my try.

    http://i56.tinypic.com/2ni721e.jpg

  • Love the tutorial – very inspiring – will definately make me look closer at logos and try to create something. But I’m pretty new to C4D – is mograph thing part of the main C4D package or an extra you need to get hold of?

  • Can someone PLEASE tell me where I can get the true type font collection from? I’ve only found the open type version and apparently C4F can’t see or use that 🙁

  • this tutorals so hard, problem, officer?

  • Generally I do not learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thank you, very nice article.

  • Nice tutorial .. i have applied it with some changes … Typing in the old Arabic language … Look
    http://i40.tinypic.com/9kumio.jpg 🙂

  • Hey Nick, really nice tutorial.
    But how do I get this dark thin shadows around the letters? Like in the source of your project, where the text hits the plane?

  • I got awesome results first time, so pleased. Before your explanation of reflections and lighting, my text always looked flat and harsh. Absolutely awesome tutorial, thanks so much for sharing.

  • I ended up using a very similar affect on a final logo presentation. Thanks for the tip, works a bit better then just a normal extrude / flat presentation. http://flic.kr/p/cBP3U7

  • The Mograph text tool is great -what if you need to use a custom shape in between – like a star with a circle?

  • great tutorial Nick.
    one of my biggest takeaways however was learning about Default Folder X. Cool app! I’ve needed something like this for a while.

  • Hi Nick, Big fan…here is my version of your tutorial!!!! keep it up my friend….. thankssssss….

  • What is the path where the overhead softbox.4d and HDRSky cinema 4d r14??

  • What about when you bring in splines from text in illustrator. Or is the smoothness of the geometry only available with Motext?

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