Garry's Mod

Garry's Mod

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3D2D Textscreens
Content Type: Addon
Addon Type: Tool
Addon Tags: Fun, Roleplay
File Size
0.042 MB
Nov 22, 2012 @ 7:57pm
Aug 8 @ 11:37am
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3D2D Textscreens

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Nodecraft Garry's Mod Server
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Create 3D2D text anywhere in the world.


This addon is now open source! Contribute to development of this addon on GitHub[]. All pull requests are welcomed!
This tool can be found under "Construction" in your tool menu.

  • Create 3D2D text anywhere in the world
  • Rotate and manipulate this text simply via your physgun
  • Up to 5 lines of text
  • Multiple different fonts, font sizes, and colours
  • Heavily optimised
    • Full scale testing on a highly popular RP server
    • Draw distance optimisations
    • Minimal FPS hit
  • Permanent text screens
    • Hold C for context menu, right click on the textscreen, and make the text screen permanent (only works for admins). This is perfect for welcome messages or rules.
  • Presets
    • Define preset textscreen data (size, text, colours, etc) and save/load these for future use at any time. This is very useful to trying to replicate multiple textscreens across maps.
  • Want more? Contribute to development of this addon on GitHub[]. All pull requests are welcomed!

User Customisation
  • ss_render_range controls how far textscreens have to be away from you in order to render (default 1500). Setting this to a lower number can help with lag on older machines

  • ss_render_rainbow controls if rainbow textscreens should actually rotate their colours, or render as solid white (default enabled 1). 0 will cause them to render as solid white, which can be beneficial for accessibility

Server owners
  • sbox_maxtextscreens controls the maximum amount of text screens that each player can spawn. This defaults to 1. This cvar only exists on the server, so make sure it's set via RCON, or in something like server.cfg.

  • ss_enable_rainbow controls whether players on your server can use the rainbow effect. Set this to 0 in your server.cfg to prevent anyone from using rainbow effects.

  • Set ss_call_to_home 1 on your server to provide anonymous analytics including your operating system, version of the addon, and rough, anonymised geo-location. This is entirely optional and used solely to put a smile on my face.

  • To install this onto your server, follow the instructions listed here[].

  • This addon supports custom admin permissions and user/group permissions for placement via hooks. See my website[] for more information.

For those interested, a location map of the last 1000 users of this addon can be found here[].

Please do not contact us directly for support, especially Dellkan as he is no longer actively involved in development of this addon, and is listed solely as an original author for credit sake. Please direct any support enquiries to a discussion thread on this workshop item or an issue on github[].
Popular Discussions View All (69)
Jul 15 @ 11:56am
textscreen "update" not functional
Aug 25, 2021 @ 9:51am
can this use custom fonts?
Supreme Dalek Commander
Jun 17 @ 9:38am
Perma textscreens limited 5
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Lahito Aug 14 @ 1:29pm 
The textscreens wont perma prop using the addons permatextscreen nor the PermaProp tool, any ideas why that would be?
Vitu TheMentes Aug 13 @ 7:31pm 
how to add photo
wesbobsquarepants Aug 13 @ 6:00pm 
so i tried disabling all my addons except this one and testing that and it still has the problem
Vitu TheMentes Aug 13 @ 5:39pm 
a thanks you
James  [author] Aug 13 @ 5:35pm 
There is no way to make them 3D. The "3D2D" name comes from the Lua APIs that are called to render 2D elements in a 3D environment.
Vitu TheMentes Aug 13 @ 5:35pm 
James  [author] Aug 13 @ 5:34pm 
It sounds like you may have another addon that's preventing you from interacting with things via `CanTool`. Can you test this without any other addons/gamemodes installed, and provide me steps to replicate in a pure sandbox environment?
Vitu TheMentes Aug 13 @ 5:34pm 
How put 3D Text
wesbobsquarepants Aug 12 @ 2:54pm 
when I try to right click to replace the gun doesnt ping it or anything, and when I try to copy with R it shoots the beam but the text doesn't copy over to the C menu
James  [author] Aug 12 @ 2:12pm 
wesbobsquarepants: Can you expand on "don't work"? Any errors? Can you test this without any other addons/gamemodes installed, and provide me steps to replicate in a pure sandbox environment?