With the traced picture layer you can convert a 2D picture to a 3D model and render it with the same effects as a text layer.
Choose LAYER > Add layer > Add traced picture layer... to create a new traced picture layer.
The new traced picture layer can be selected from the layers dropdown to make it the active layer.
With the traced picture layer you can easily turn your 2D logo into a 3D model.
This is how the logo looks in a paint application.
This is how the same logo looks, traced and rendered by BluffTitler.
The traced picture layer converts a bitmap image, like a PNG, BMP, TGA or GIF file, into a vector image. This way many effects the text layer has to offer can be applied to your pictures as well.
Best results are achieved when using a logo on a transparent background, saved as a PNG file with a resolution of about 2000 pixels without small details at the edges. For logos without round edges the resolution can be smaller.
Click on the Change EPS... button.
You can improve the quality by tracing a higher resolution picture.
But realize that this also generates more polygons, which takes longer to render and can even surpass BluffTitler's polygon budget. For high detailed logos you might have to scale down the input picture.
The traced picture layer also listens to the SETTINGS > Low/Normal/High quality menu items.
When you create a new traced picture layer, the AdvancedMaterials/ColourmapFrontReflectionmapSides effect is automatically applied. This effect colourmaps the front and reflectionmaps the sides. Of course you can replace this effect by any other effect.
When you trace a picture without transparency a rectangle is generated, which is comparable to the picture layer only with all the options the traced picture layer has to offer.
The traced picture layer uses the same interface and has the same features as the EPS layer, only it operates on traced bitmaps instead of EPS files. For more information see the EPS layer.
The EPS layer also accepts picture files and you can trace another picture by pressing the Change EPS... button.