Xara 3D Review – Easy 3D Text Animation

title-xaraSo what really is Xara 3D?

Xara 3D is simple 3D animation program, which is very easy to use and it’s great program for beginners or people, who just wants fast and amazing outcome. Graphic designers usually use this program to create nice 3D text, then export it to Photoshop for example and add some spice. Xara 3D serves well also for clean 3D logos,buttons creation. Program is really light weighted too, installation file is just 25mb small! If You hear about Xara 3D first time, then just keep reading and You’ll understand what’s this program capable of.

I added few images which were created using Xara 3D to keep Your interest:

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Xara 3D here has been used as primary tool for 3D text creation and everything else can be easily done in Photoshop or other program You prefer.

The user interface is highly intuitive and I felt good after just 30minutes playing with tools – it felt even too simple, but as I already said –  everybody with simple needs for starters will be satisfied. Xara 3D is worth just as low-cost way to start to get acquainted with the basics of 3D animation and rendering. The program comes with plenty of samples, textures, demos and there are great videos easy to download and understand. With Xara3D you can create an endless variety of 3D graphics from TrueType fonts and imported 2D shapes with wide range of controls as lightning, bevel, font size, type, color extrude depth and texture rendering. All images are anti-alias in very smooth and professional quality. Below are few examples what Xara 3D can do:

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These examples can be used great as excellent 3D logotype, button or just graphic effect. Of course, if You are looking for something that allows You to get more creative, You may want to consider using programs like Maya or 3dsMax. Below are examples of simple animations Xara 3D is capable of:

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I hope these animations will not crash Your browser, if it goes really slow, just tell me, I will take those out. Xara 3D allows You to create animated 3D graphics that surely will attract more attention than a static image. Those awesome 3D animations can be created in seconds – *.gif, *.avi and *.swf formats, every animation You create also can be saved as screensaver.

Overview:

Pros:

  • Intuitive interface
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Allow to create advanced animations and 3D effects in seconds
  • Result is very smooth and anti-aliased ( important for logotypes, headers etc.)
  • Light-weighted and there is no need for powerful computer to use it
  • Low-cost program

Cons:

I found just one very big con for this program – Xara 3D is limited in its animation options, 3D effects, lighting and Your creativity. If You are serious graphic designer – You will have to retouch Xara 3D output in other software programs as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash.

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Okay, now You have seen what Xara 3D can do. I found few tutorials for You to help get known with this program. Enjoy:

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If You liked this post, keep in track with this site, because I will create nice Xara 3D + Photoshop tutorial in next few days.

Xara 3D is shareware, a free download ( 15 days trial) is available so You can test by Yourself how good this program is. To download the free trial version, or to see more videos and examples about Xara 3D, click here. Actually the price is especially attractive, xara.com offers this program for: $44.99-54.99 USD, low in comparison to many other 3D programs as Maya, 3dsMax etc.

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Comments

  1. stanley says

    please l wanted some one to teach me how to use or wat is 3d all about, although l want to learn how to use it for editing of films.

  2. miguel says

    how do u do the text with diffrent colors on each word and diffrent textures for each letter and diffrent designs for each letter

  3. vildan says

    What a nice stuff :D really wanna try this… going to delicious this for later try :D:D

  4. jose pacheco says

    What a nice stuff :D really wanna try this… going to delicious this for later try :D:D

  5. Rusli zainal says

    yea xara 3d is good especially when having design work and dont have much time to work..

  6. Lee Nguyen says

    Xara 3d really easy to create 3d text, but gathering 3d text to get effect with Photoshop is very interesting.
    How could they do this? it’s amazing!
    thanks bro, very truly yours!

  7. says

    @ZerroQ unfortunately not yet. But You encouraged me – I will do so in this week. I just compared those programs – and Xara 3D is the best if You want simplicity and fast, great effects. I am pretty sure Maya and 3dsMax are much better programs for serious 3D modeling.

    @Andrew welcome! Just awesome – I am very glad to hear about such great news!

    And about 3D texts – same for me! when I at first heard about Xara I just thought to give it a try – and I am really happy I did so. Illustrator 3D extrude tool and PS 3D cheat effects are very limited. I quickly create 3D text in Xara, then import *.png version to Photoshop and outcomes usually are great. Just wait for the tutorial, if You have any doubt!

  8. says

    Hi there, I just stumbled across your site via your Brian Yerkes Image/blurb – It’s just got you an extra subscriber!!

    I’ve been looking for a program to render 3D text for a while. I used to used Pixels 3D for the mac, but it was a bit limited and complicated to use. So, ever since, I have used Illustrators 3D tools, but only for simple effects. May give Xara a try…

  9. ZerroQ says

    Ouch, thus is some nice review, have you tried using Maya ? I mean, since you said this “Xara 3D” is for some fast smashing typography, how does “Autodesk Maya” compete with this ?

    Thanks in advance.