DP Text Gen for LightWave 3D

DP Text Gen plugin
LightWave 3D 9+

Plugin coded by Denis Pontonnier.






Description :

-DP Text Gen is a text generator for layered textures.
this texture uses Truetype font and can be applied in any layer.
It is based on the MSDFgen utility from Viktor Chlumsky.



Usage :

-In a Texture Layer select "DP Gen Text" in the procedural texture list.

-Load a "*.ttf" Truetype font, you may need to make a copy of the font in a "content"
folder for a practical access.

-Select a "Mode" for letter shape, among :
"Plain" for sharp letter,
"Contours", can be adjusted with an "Inner Threshold" and "Outer Threshold",
"Gradient", can be adjusted as well, also imperative choice for a Bump Layer.


-Type a string of text in the "Text" field.
or load a "*.txt" text file with the requester, which has a priority over the "Text" field
(tabulations are ignored).

-Select a text "Alignment", "Left", "Right", "Centered" or a rough "Justified",
the plugin has no caesura dictionary, so text must be optimized for justification.

-Finally adjust the global text appearance with "Letter-Size", "Letter-Spacing" and "Line-Spacing".


-"Typing" is the percentage of displayed text, with an envelope, it is possible to animate
typing text, letter per letter.

Notes :

-With the Truetype MSDF (Multi-channel Signed Distance Field) conversion,
letters are coded as bitmap image, but displayed smoothly on close-up view.

Some Font letters may have a resolution issue and rendered with artefacts,
also if current font like "Arial", "Times" characters are correctly rendered,
"Times-Italic" and mostly "Times-Bold-Italic" font letters like "j", "f" or "W"
are clipped with default settings.

-"Advanced" tab has several parameters for optimizing the MSDF conversion,
It is recommended to test them with problematic character ("@" is one of the largest)
with a 1 meter box and a "Letter-Size" of 100%,
adjust "Pixel Size", "Scale", "Left Offset" and "Bottom Offset",
make a try with problematic characters ("@" is one of largest),
re-select manually the Truetype font on the "Main" tab for updating the Texture.

-The default "ASCII" Char Set of DP Gen Text can display the following characters:
" !\"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\\]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~".
Characters not available in the Char Set are displayed as a fine square.
"Ext.ASCII" for Extented ASCII Charset add the next 128 unicode characters including
several special and accented letters, also slower to updtate.

Further notes :

-If this Texture is used directly in an Image Filter as pre or post process,
the rendered letters will be aliased, needing an antialiasing filter or
to be over-sized, also not multi-threaded, so slower to render.


-Copyright and license for Viktor Chlumsky's MSDFGen included in the readme file.



Download DP Text Gen:

Download (Win32) DP_TextGen_x32.zip
(Updated 04/22/19)
Download (Win64) DP_TextGen_x64.zip
(Updated 04/22/19)



These plugins are freeware but donations are appreciated, thanks.








Copyright © 2019 Denis Pontonnier. Denis.Pontonnier@wanadoo.fr