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Pop-Up 3D words and messages!

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Use this simple technique to turn any simple font into a full 3D pop-out message. Thanks to the awesome people at Comicraft http://www.comicraft.com for creating a special font to make this process even easier:
http://www.balloontales.com/articles/popup/
 
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Step 1: Print out the words you would like to throw into 3D perspective on a sheet of paper. A heavier card-stock works even better if your printer can handle it.


Step 3: Cut out the sides of the letters. do not cut the tops and bottoms

carefully cut all the way through the paper on the solid outlines on the sides of the letters.
also make sure to cut out the central holes in the letters such as o,p,q,r,d

Step 7: For extra credit you can make it even more 3D by first stretching the letters in a graphics program.

by keeping the central fold line parallel and distorting the rest of the letters on either side you can make even more pronouced 3D effects. Experiment with this part and you can make some very cool pop-outs. You will need some image editing software like photoshop or illustrator to do this, or you could even try drawing such a font by hand !
snotty1 year ago
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Hi everyone! The price was once $999, but now it's $59! Either way, it's really expensive. Luckily, I found a Pop-up font that's free (for personal use) here.
elemenoh8 years ago
Great documentation. I used a similar technique to make a valentine. You can see the rest of it here: http://flickr.com/photos/_elemenoh_/sets/120134/
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hey can teach me how to do it??
thanks
kcls4 years ago
Is it just me or does the comicraft pop up font cost $999 for everyone?
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djr6789 kcls4 years ago
ye it costs $999 i think :O wot a rip off!
jsu2 djr67892 years ago
i know!
Win Guy kcls2 years ago
Oh my gosh, you can't be serious.
 So, you save $1200!
Yeah I'll go buy it, I've got that sort of money to blow on a font when I could do it myself....
hjostrander3 years ago
wow.
:P lol
selvee3 years ago
vry beautiful especially the interesting new yea rcard
ha ha, Irememebr doing these in 3rd & 4th grade years ago, thanks for posting, brought back memories
oink_095 years ago
Love it! Thanks a lot .
Already made 3 dummies and they all look great!
Can't wait to make the real one for upcoming birthdays =D
notveryreal5 years ago
I remember doing this in art class. :D
pierlo5 years ago
ehr,... what!?! i mean, the font's not free!! or am i wrong?
vianka995 years ago
how many cm do we need in the upper part?
Thanks for this great technique. I created a font that would work on die cutting machines like the Cricut.
You can get a copy, along with instructions on how to use it, here:
http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/3d-text-made-easy/
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anetfrank5 years ago
I have done this by using the word art feature in MS word. I reverse the letters so I can print on the back and not let the lines show on front of word.
Fasteners5 years ago
hey, thanks for the instructible.
animes256 years ago
or you can use this free program that can save you from the hard work

http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/craft/popupcard_en/

and there is a Japanese Pro version from those guys
F-zero animes255 years ago
This program actually helped me plan out my card, as I was having some difficulty imagining how it should look. Thank you very much. Pics will be up soon.
benthekahn6 years ago
well, here's the card i made for my mom. Behind the text is mirrored paper. It turned out well and she liked it.
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rosanna6 years ago
I used to spend hours years again trying to work this out and then making the cards, how easy is this. Thanks for sharing this with us, I am still amazed at the stuff I find on this site.
ile6 years ago
Thanks for the inspiration! I didn't use the font, just did it free hand. (It's a birthday card and it's in Finnish)
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Merlin20076 years ago
Excellent and very creative !

Here is a link to a video at metacafe.com showing you how to create your own fonts using a built in program in a Windows XP OS.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/371580/windows_hidden_programs/

claudiafaj7 years ago
http://www.flickr.com/photos/super_ziper/539503399/I used the technique with drawing, instead of letters, and it worked! Thanks for the tutorial!
andresm7 years ago
kguen10 to who is that "te amo" intended to???and where ae u from? mexico spain ?
hey r on that english show thats on g4 the one that has the fizz or exsplosion thing or u just got the picture?
kguen10 andresm7 years ago
to my girl and im from spain
I would have wrote cabron, -not sure of spelling- subtel, yet offensive
javadjafari7 years ago
waw! that`s interesting idea!
hubert7 years ago
That really wonderful and useful instruction. I use the technique make a bDay card to my gf. Thanks.
royalestel7 years ago
Oh yeah. I'm diggin this movie.
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tskdesign7 years ago
Very interesting instructable. Congratulations. I just found some perfect inexpensive gift ideas with this tut. Thank you for sharing
StaneStane7 years ago
Weee coool!
instructo447 years ago
how do you get that font or software?
spinach_dip8 years ago
I tried them--they're not quite as cool as the comicraft font--the have little tabs to space the letters away from the background, but they don't have the broad folding sides that the comicraft letters do that give that 3D look
edwin1989 prank7 years ago
I don't think it's hard to make your own popup font, or is it?? So I'd say: give it a shot :P (I'm too lazy to try :P)
kguen107 years ago
Great idea !!! That's the one i did it...
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what up
cool
awesomeproject. Thanks so much!! Tiffany
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yeah i really like your project
nuttish8 years ago
This is a cool font, but the several times I've looked at the comicraft website, the font is not free. In fact, it's quite expensive. Feh.
goodfeets8 years ago
It is a good idea to flip the type horizontally before printing so that your fold and cut lines are not visible from the front.
moondust8 years ago
VERY GREAT, indeed! thanks a lot, folks, this will save me tons of time!