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Last month Paul wrote in to ask about
3D modeling programs
So, I passed the inquiry along to all-time great graphics guru Bary David Bouton...
There is most certainly a 3D program you can afford that will map text, graphics and text as graphics. It's called Adobe Dimensions 3, and it's about $150 US.
With a little effort you can make quite complex shapes in the program, but you cannot make reflections or shadows (but you can create them manually in Photoshop; check out my gallery--loads of instances where I painted the shadows in).
Over here is a small example that took me a whopping 5 minutes to create!
Why not go to adobe.com and download the 30 day trial version? It's the most intuitive modeling program I own. And as far as more sophistication goes (like animation, bump mapping and reflections and such, on the Macintosh, the next cheapest program is Strata Pro for $1,000 retail, and if you're a Windows user, trueSpace fits the bill at $300.
The industry seems to have a gap between entry level and professional 3D programs.
It's called *intermediate*!!!!!
Be sure to check out Gary's new "Inside Photoshop 7" book ... a sure-fire home run!
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