I am trying to engrave a plaque (metal, stone) with some text. The person who redirected me here had this example (with author's permission)
My current workflow is slow. I prepare a picture of the text (in Gimp), use it as a bump map node in the "final" material (to influence the metal or stone texture).
I'm looking for a shortcut: can I use a Blender text (possibly on a separate layer, not rendered as such) to achieve the same?
I can create the engraving - the key is being able to change the text over, without altering the geometry using a boolean operation, or without re-creating the maps (bump or displacement).