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The course covers Autodesk 3DS Max from the ground up, providing a thorough overview of this advanced 3D graphics and modeling package. Author Aaron F. Ross covers the 3ds Max interface and walks through common tasks such as modeling, texturing, lighting, animating, and rendering. The course is centered around real-world projects that provide designers practical examples to use with the lessons.
We've got a spline object here for the text. If we want this to render, it will need to be made into a surface. One way to do that is to simply extrude it. I can select it and go to the Modify panel and choose the Extrude modifier from the pulldown list, and give it some amount of the extrusion. I will extrude that back by about 2 feet. Well you'll see that this is not terribly interesting. We've got a precise 90 degree angle here and there is no bevel on the edge to catch the light, and for motion graphics it's really important that we have that.
So the Extrude modifier is not really good enough. I'll go ahead and trash that by clicking on the trashcan icon, and I'll add the Bevel modifier instead. Here it is, Bevel. Now when I do this, you'll see that it's perfectly flat. I will need to reduce this Level 1 Height to a negative value to extrude it backwards into the scene. I will give that a value of let's say -24 inches or 2 feet. I've applied the Bevel modifier, but now it looks just the same as if we had used the Extrude modifier.
In the next movie, we'll adjust the Bevel parameters to make it more beautiful.
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