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The use of CG in type-driven illustration is growing in popularity. With easy transitions between 3D suites such as Cinema 4D and Adobe’s Creative Suite, the possibilities are endless. Cinema 4D also supports high-end plug-ins such as RealFlow, which enhances your depictions of liquids. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to generate 3D type, apply realistic materials and lighting, and polish it in Photoshop.

If you don’t own RealFlow, download a trial version from, or follow from Step 4 in Cinema 4D using the Pulsar.c4d scene in the project files. If you haven’t got a copy of Cinema 4D, you can follow along with the Photoshop part from Step 10 using the rendered letters, which are also in the project files.