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    Which 3D app do you recommend for this task?

    A friend asked me to paint a poster for his independent project. It has to have a strong retro feel.
    White background with a single small figure in the bottom part of the image. A figure seen from the back walks toward horizon. It is flanked with high, impending rocks topped by trees and shrubs. The catch is: those rocks are actually two large 3D words - the title of the movie. Think Ben Hur poster, but with one word on each side on the road/canyon. The letters have cracks and texture like...well, stone. The warm light comes from the horizon, (but the source of it is not visible) illuminating the side of the stone words facing the figure. The shadows are cool. Figure casts long shadow towards the viewer.
    The scene is rather simple to imagine, but complicated to describe.
    What I need is an advice.
    In order to have a consistent and evocative light, and nice balanced color scheme, I'd like to first make a simple mock-up in some 3D software to check how the actual light would behave. The problem is - I am skilled in PS, but do not have experience in 3d apps. Is there any 3D app which I could master in a week or so, not on a pro level, but just good enough to make those 3D words (topped by trees) and illuminate them? That will not be the final image, but the main reference for the painting in oils.
    Thanx in advance.

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    Wow, well huuuu... I would say : sketchup ? I do not know if it can write 3D letters but designers at work use it to setup quick levels design and they have good result with it in short time. It will be faster to get something with it than trying to go with Blender, 3dsmax, Maya or Modo... You can render light with Vray if I remember correctly and it's free so no problems with restricted trial..

    I'm sorry I'm most an advanced 3Dmax & Maya user so I don't really know about simple 3D software... But here in the forum you have people using sketchup so you may find some help if you don't find anything on the internet...

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    Sketchup is the easiest to learn and will create the text effectively. If you want a bit more creativity with lighting and materials you could always take a look at E-ON's VUE 11. I think they have a free starter version that will do text and allow some placing of lights and materials but they certainly have very cheap beginner's packages.

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    Hm...I'll try Sketchup and Vue, then. I hope the interface is intuitive. I know that when you try to master new image editing app, the Murphy's Law is at work and the obstacles of all sorts get in the way of doing the simple operation, say placing small trees on top of the letters. I hope the learning curve will be smooth.

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    I tried sketchup. Couldn't achieve what I needed. Never mind. I'll construct it manually, on paper.

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