Don’s name plaque employs a variety of techniques. I started with a dome relief, then modified it by adding a raised center. I used an enlarged sandblasted woodgrain bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC collection to add a cool texture to the piece.
To create the rope I used the extrude command to make a mesh file. I just followed the prompts.
I went into the front view and nudged the mesh vertically until it looked good. Then I selected both the mesh and relief which allowed me to access the menu at would merge the two types of files.
I then created a flat relief of the letter outlines. This relief was modified with a dome shape (to match the woodgrain relief) by using the circle vector I had used to create the relief.
Once gain I went to the front view to nudge the relief vertically and then MERGED HIGHEST to the base relief.
Then I raised the lettering by modifying the base relief.
I thought it looked a little plain and so I imported the splotches bitmap and added a little texture to just the letters.