Great-looking 3D typography often involves the use of several applications. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a vintage lightbulb sign using Adobe Illustrator to create and export the basic paths, Cinema 4D to create the 3D render, and Photoshop for post-production. Let’s get started!
In Attributes panel set radius to about 4 cm
Now again from upper menu choose sweep nurbs.
In Extrude NURBS attrbutes set movement to 2 cm.
Now it should look like this.
And move it a bit forward.
And set movement to 1 cm
And put all created objects to that object and rename it to Base.
And in circle object check Ellipse and set radius Y to 3 cm.
In circle attributes uncheck Ellipse and set radius to 2cm
In Sweep NURBS Attributes now we have to change End Growth to 60%
Create Cloner from upper menu MoGraph > Cloner. Make that Cylinder as a child of Cloner.
In object part of these Attributes set copied Text object as Object which Cloner will suggest. It should look like this.
And in Cloner Attributes change object to duplicated text. Create new Null Object, rename it to Screws and put both Cloner objects and both text objects to that object.
Now select Lathe Nurbs
And make created half of bulb as a child of Lathe NURBS. Now press F1 and we can see something like bulb.
Select Both objects and click “make editable.” Now click on object and press CMD/CTRL + C. Select Window and on the bottom select project with G letter. Click CMD/CTRL + V.
And move it a bit backward. Back end should look similar to this.
That’s it. Now we have Black material and we need to create green and yellow materials. Click on created black material and copy that by shortcut CMD/CTRL + C, CMD/CTRL + V. Double click on copied material and in Diffuse Layer change color to green and do the same with yellow material.
• Green: #75b624.
• Yellow: #ede336.
And now we have all materials, which we need for our project. Apply all the materials to created objects. You should get similar result:
Back to your document and go to the render settings and click Paste.
When the file is rendered the project should looks very similar to this:
Magenta: + 20%
Yellow: + 5%
Now go to the Greens section and apply the settings below.
Cyan: + 50%
Yellow: + 40%
Black: + 10%
After this operation, the project should look like this:
Add a vector mask to the shape layer then grab a black soft brush and try to mask hard edges of the shape.
Repeat this step few times to create nice glass reflections on the letter.
After creating a spline set the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Add).
Repeat this step few times to create a light effect.
Repeat this step to create more cables.
In this tutorial, you learned how to create a vintage 3D lightbulb sign using Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Cinema 4D. I hope that you learned something from this tutorial that you can apply to your own work.