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How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By MXN on Mar 28, 2001 08:44 PM
This is probably quite a simple matter, but materials have always eluded me :P. Is there any way to make some extruded text glow, and light what is around it (give out a blurred colour of light) ?
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By meatycheesyboy on Mar 29, 2001 08:30 AM
I use Lightwave but I'll try to help.  In LW, you can control light with an objects luminosity value when you use the GI rendering.  (But I'd probably just use selective lights to speed up the rendering since GI is really slow) Since MAX doesn't have a global illumination renderer I don't think you can do this.  So what I would say is just put an omni light behind your text and do it that way.  I believe Brazil can probaby do what I described in LW and I think it's still in a free beta stage so you could download it and try to light the scene using the object's self illumination setting.  But to be perfectly honest, I'm just taking shots in the dark.  I'm really not all that sure.
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By MXN on Mar 29, 2001 08:56 AM
Thanks for the idea. I actually found out - wading through tutorial searches - that you can use a Glow effect through VP (VideoPost). I tried messing around with that...but I'm still really in the dark over the matter. If anyone experienced with MAX could help, I'd be honoured.
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By ZombieCzar on Mar 29, 2001 12:33 PM
render the object in a flat veiw port, ie front, or top veiw, and render it against a black background, use that as a projection map in a light source from the same veiw as the render, blur the image and it will illuminate the sourronding geometry, apply glow in video post or the effects dialog..
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By MXN on Mar 29, 2001 12:49 PM
woah...quite rough. Using the Videopost has proved annoying and slow...I ended up with no glow for this animation..but in the future when I have more time I'll look deeper into it.
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By Mohammad on Apr 02, 2001 12:31 AM
Don't worry!!!
You can with glow video post and apply the premier
effect in glow dialog.
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By under_score on Apr 02, 2001 11:39 AM
Go to www.3dcafe.com and look through their free plugins.  You will find one called light mesh.  I haven't used it, but I believe it works by attaching lights to all the vertices on your object.  Either way, it should work for what you want to do.  Applying a simple glow to the text along with the plug-in should enhance the effect.
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By MXN on Apr 02, 2001 09:11 PM
Thanks a lot for the help. I think that plugin is for Max 3...I wonder if it will be upwardly compatible. I'll give it a go anyway. Thanks.
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By xyzik on Apr 10, 2001 02:15 PM
how about the lazy way..use an illumination color (max3);)
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Re: How can I Make Text Glow (Give out light)? 
By rpadc2002 on Dec 08, 2010 06:09 AM
you can use the following:

1. glow effect on video post process..
2. or use advance material overide.
3. if you are using vray, vraylightmatl will do the job.
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