3D Typography: Playing with Color and Volume

A course by Thomas Burden , 3D Illustrator

3D Illustrator. Chichester, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2020

Learn how to create surreal typographical animations using Cinema 4D and Redshift

  • 99% positive reviews (73)
  • 1891 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create surreal typographical animations using Cinema 4D and Redshift

A course by Thomas Burden

Influenced by the toys he was never allowed to have as a kid, Thomas Burden creates colorful 3D work that is both hyper-realistic and timeless. His unique nostalgic style blends 3D type and playful contraptions, getting him noticed and landing him freelance work with Nickelodeon, Netflix, Playstation, McDonald’s, Bloomingdale’s, and more.

In this course, Thomas takes you through his entire creative process for building typographical 3D animations using Illustrator, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, and Redshift. He shares some of his best work, teaches the essentials of each software, and explains his method for creating inflatable 3D type, a useful technique that can be applied to future design and illustration projects.

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What will you learn in this online course?

29 lessons & 9 downloads

  • 99% positive reviews (73)
  • 1891 students
  • 29 lessons (5h 28m)
  • 9 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a typographic “FUNHOUSE” piece or another inflatable digital artwork. The techniques laid out in this course are ideal for establishing a creative foundation for future 3D projects.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is ideal for students and professionals alike, especially 3D illustrators, art directors, or anyone who wants to improve their method for integrating text and image.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you should have a basic understanding of Cinema 4D and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. No prior knowledge of Redshift is required.

Regarding materials, you will need a computer with the listed software installed. You can substitute Redshift for the render engine of your choice, if necessary.


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Thomas Burden

A course by Thomas Burden

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3D Illustrator

Thomas Burden is a 3D illustrator from Chichester, UK. He is best known for his unique visual style blending 3D type and contraptions, an aesthetic influenced by the toys he was never allowed to have as a kid.

Thomas studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London before working for top illustration studios like McFaul and I Love Dust. In 2013, he made the jump to freelance work, producing ad campaigns and other projects for brands, music festivals, record labels, and editorials. His client list includes McDonald’s, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Playstation, SC Johnson, Bloomingdale’s, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers Collins, and more.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    Initial Ideas and Sketches

    • Overview of Software Workflow
    • Initial Concepts & Gathering Inspiration
    • Sketching Out a Layout in AI and Export Vector Paths
  • U3

    All Things Cinema 4D

    • Setting up the Cinema 4D Document
    • Create a 3D Sketch in C4D
    • Adding Some Basic Lighting / Textures and a Camera with Redshift
    • Modelling the Letters 1
    • Modelling the Letters 2
    • Modelling the U
    • Modelling the Ball Pool
    • Modelling the Cushions
    • Modelling The Mats
    • Modelling the Castle 1
    • Modelling the Castle 2
    • Modelling the Castle 3
    • Finishing Touches: Adding Cloth Dynamics to the Curtains and Some Balls to the Scene 1
    • Finishing Touches: Adding Cloth Dynamics to the Curtains and Some Balls to the Scene 2
    • Extra info on newer versions of Cinema4D
  • U4

    Final Touches to the Final Image

    • Adjusting Lighting/Refining the Render Settings
    • Using Redshift AOV Manager
    • Importing Final Render and AOV to Photoshop: Preparing Photoshop Files for Editing
    • Editing/Refining Final Image Using the AOV Files
    • Saving the Final Image as a Friendly Client Photoshop File
  • U5

    Additional Resources

    • Inflating an Individual Letter: Practice 1
    • Inflating an Individual Letter: Practice 2
    • Introduction to Redshift
  • FP

    Final project

    • 3D Typography: Playing with Color and Volume

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3D Typography: Playing with Color and Volume. 3D, Animation, Calligraphy, and Typography course by Thomas Burden

3D Typography: Playing with Color and Volume

A course by Thomas Burden
3D Illustrator. Chichester, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (73)
  • 1891 students