Customizing project


Although you may use the easy New Project Wizard to create a new project, you may still want to customize some or all of the project settings. 3D Text Commander shows project settings grouped in a number of tabs in the main window. Most of the tabs repeat the corresponding New Project Wizard steps. Others provide additional settings. Let's take a closer look at each tab:


Project


On the Project tab, you can set and modify the general properties of a project - text message and style.

Text - this group of settings defines text message, line spacing, and alignment:

Message - The edit box displays the default banner message. To replace it with your own message, enter the text to be shown on your 3D banner in the edit box. Please note that both single and multiple lines are allowed; to insert a line-feed simply hit on the Enter key on your keyboard.

Alignment - To center the text or align it to the left or to the right, click on the corresponding alignment button below the text edit box.

Line Spacing - The number indicates current line spacing value. To cut the space between the lines, enter a smaller value in the line spacing field below the text edit box. To add more space between the lines, enter a greater value in the same box.

Previewing - Although Commander automatically updates the resulting image as you modify project settings, you can force the update by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the Text group.

Font - this group of settings defines font face, style and weight:

Font Face - Change the current font face by pulling down the list of available fonts and selecting the font to be set for your 3D banner.

Style - To italicize your text message, tick off the Italic option in the Text group.

Weight - To toggle font weight between Normal and Bold, clear or select, respectively, the Bold option in the Text group.

3D Text Dimensions - With this group of settings, you can manage the dimensions and side ratios of the 3D text, shrinking or expanding it by width, height and depth.

To shrink or expand the text by a certain dimension, drag the corresponding scrollbar elevator until the desired value is reached.

You can also set the desired size values in the corresponding fields directly.

To reset all dimensions to their default values, click Set Default Sizes.


All the dimensions are given in percentile.

Side Images & Colors


These settings define colors and images for each side of the 3D text.

Background color - sets the canvas background color. To set the canvas background color, first choose whether you want to use the Transparent or Color background by clicking on the corresponding radio option. Then, for the color option, click on the down arrow by the color button and choose the color to be used on the palette that appears. If you do not see a desired color on the palette, click on the More Colors... button in the Color window.

Color of empty sides - sets color for sides that will have no image. To set the empty sides color, click on the down arrow by the color button in the Cover Sides group and choose the color to be used on the palette that appears. If you do not see a desired color on the palette, click on the More Colors... button in the Color window.

Front image - set the front side image. To set a side image, click on the Browse... button by the image to be set and then select the image file in the Open window that appears. To clear a wrongfully set image, simply click on the Clear button by the image. To reload side image, click on the Reload button.


Camera


This group of settings defines the camera preferences, which include rotation, zoom, and perspective. These preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed right within this tab.

Camera Presets - predefined camera settings. You can use the default or create your own camera presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Camera Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current camera settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the Camera group. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following camera preferences can be modified.

Horizontal rotation - rotates image horizontally.

Vertical rotation - rotates image vertically.

Zoom - zooms in or zooms out on the text.

Projection - type of the projection: perspective or orthographic.

Perspective - sets the text look as if it was looked at from the top and down or from the bottom and up.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant text preview in the Project Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Light


This group of settings defines the light preferences, which include vertical and horizontal rotation and distance. There are three light sources available: Global light, First light, and Second light. The first and the second light source can be switched on or off. The global light is always on. Each light source has its own set of preferences. These preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed within this tab.

Light Presets - predefined light settings. You can use the default or create your own light presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Light Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current light settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the group of preferences you want to modify. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following light preferences can be modified.

Global light - sets global light intensity.

Turn off/on first light - turns off or turns on the first light source.

Turn off/on second light - turns off or turns on the second light source.

Horizontal rotation - rotates the corresponding light source horizontally.

Vertical rotation - rotates the corresponding light source vertically.

Distance - sets distance from the corresponding light source to object.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant text preview in the Project Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Shadow


This group of settings defines the shadow preferences, which include direction, length, intensity, opacity, blur, and gradient. The shadow can be hidden or shown. The shadow preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed within this tab.

Shadow Presets - predefined shadow settings. You can use the default or create your own shadow presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Shadow Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current shadow settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the group of preferences you want to modify. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following shadow preferences can be modified.

Hide/Show shadow - disables or enables dropping shadow from object.

Direction - sets shadow direction.

Length - sets shadow length.

Intensity - sets shadow intensity.

Opacity - sets shadow opacity.

Blur - sets shadow blur.

Gradient type - defines gradient type: shape or linear.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant text preview in the Project Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.


Reflection


This group of settings defines the reflection preferences, including intensity and opacity. The reflection can be hidden or shown. The reflection preferences can be saved as presets, which can be loaded and managed within this tab.

Reflection Presets - predefined reflection settings. You can use the default or create your own reflection presets.

To select a preset, click on the down arrow in the Reflection Presets group and then select the desired preset on the list that appears. If a different preset was applied to the image, the program will ask whether you really want to apply the new preset.

To save current reflection settings as a new preset, click on the Save... button and then enter the preset name in the New Preset window that appears.

Choose new preset names carefully. If the preset name you are attempting to save your settings as already exists, the program will overwrite it silently.

To modify a preset, select the preset to be modified on the presets list and then grab and drag the necessary sliders in the group of preferences you want to modify. You can also change settings by clicking on the left or right arrows on the slider sides. The following reflection preferences can be modified.

Intensity - sets reflection intensity.

Opacity - sets reflection opacity.

To delete a preset from the presets list, click on the Delete button and then Yes in the confirmation prompt that appears.

You can see the instant text preview in the Project Preview frame on the right of the window. You can rotate the preview by grabbing the image with the mouse and moving it to any direction.



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