New to texturing


I have a Shapeoko 4 and purchased Carbide Create Pro… I’m not really sure where to begin for learning how to do 3D texturing and whatnot.

I want to create a moon with some basic craters and such. I can create the file in Cinema 4D, Rhino 3D, Illustrator or Photoshop but I’m not sure what I need for resolution and such.

I’m cutting a circle plaque, with a moon texture in the background, and I’d like some raised flat/untextured lettering.

Any advice would be very much appreciated!


For a moon texture, you have a couple of options:

  • draw it and approximate it using the texture feature and possible some V carving and other toolpaths
  • draw it, and 3D model it in Carbide Create or some other program
  • source a b/w pixel image depth map which can be imported into Carbide Create Pro
  • source a 3D model of the surface which can then be cut using a 3D CAM tool or converted into a depth map and imported into Carbide Create Pro

One approach on this at:

Thanks Will! This is really helpful. I’m going to experiment with all of these possibilities.

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