Joel's name plaque was next. With only four letters it begged to have a creative layout. Stacking the letters to create a square shape looked good too me.
The file was created totally in EnRoute. The letters were modified to make them fit together properly. I shortened the horizontal strokes of the 'E' and 'L' to make them be the same combined width as the 'J' and the 'O'. Once the vectors were in place I created a base relief using the dome tool.
Then I added a subtle texture over the entire relief using the 'SPLOTCHES' bitmap.
Then I used the subtract tool to drop the centre of the square base relief.
I then dropped the centre square one more time.
Then I raised the lettering border by modifying the base relief and the 'add to' function.
Then it was time to add a little more texture - this time the sandblasted wood (vertical) bitmap was used. You can see I stretched it out to cover the entire centre portion.
Then I used the bevel tool to add the lettering by modifying the base relief. note I used the contant heights the bevelled corners looked a little better.
The last step was to add the rivets around the edge using the dome tool.
The piece was routed from 1.5" thick 30 lb Precision Board for perfect results.