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Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite

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Video: Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite

In After Effects if we want to import something into a project we generally use the term import. In Cinema 4D we generally use the term merge. And if you want to import an object You use the objects manager, over here. Now we're in a untitled Cinema 4D file, or a new Cinema 4D file, so, when you're in Cinema 4D Lite, just go to File > New, Cinema 4D, and you will create a new file.

Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite

In After Effects if we want to import something into a project we generally use the term import. In Cinema 4D we generally use the term merge. And if you want to import an object You use the objects manager, over here. Now we're in a untitled Cinema 4D file, or a new Cinema 4D file, so, when you're in Cinema 4D Lite, just go to File > New, Cinema 4D, and you will create a new file.

Once your in there if you go to the object manager and go to File Merge Objects, this is how we bring a file in. Now most people think they will go to main file menu and import things here. You'll get stuck if you do that because you can't do it, it's in here File Merge Objects. So just remember when you're importing things that comes into the objects manager because essentially. You're importing an object. So merge objects and then I'm going to go into the footage folder within the project files folder and select gear text.ai and its never straight or eight document and when I do it will ask me whether I want to scale it up or down.

We're going to leave it with the default settings and click okay. And you'll see the text now appears in the center of the scene. And that's because we took time to center the object on the art board in illustrator before bringing it in. Now in order to give it depth, we need to add an extrude nerb so we're going to do that now. Add a extrude nerb. Now the weird thing about Illustrator text is, when you drag the text onto the extrude nerb, you won't actually see the extrusion. Because what you need to do is you need to select the extrude nerb.

And come down here to the bottom, and click on this box, hierarchical. Basically, Cinema 4D sees this as several different shapes. So by clicking on this, it will apply the extrude nerb to all of those individual shapes giving us the result we would expect. It catches me out every time I think. Oh no the extrude nerb is not working. But basically just make sure that down in the object manager that you have hierarchials selected otherwise it won't work. Just like with any other object I can increase the depth, I can go to Caps and add a Fillet Cap.

Now we've all sorts of options for the fillit cap, we've had to look at radius already and we can bring the radius down to maybe a value of two. You also have Fillet types so at the moment we've got a convex one. I'm going to put it in Concave Fillet Cap and just show you the difference between the two. Actually I'm going to choose an engraved fillit cap and if I just increase the radius a little bit. You can see what that does, it gives a kind of raised edge, which I quite like here. So, we've got a raised edge, we could do the back as well, I don't really need to so I'm just going to stick with that, and I'm going to quickly render it.

Now, if you don't want to render the whole scene, you can create an interactive render region, by coming down here in the render button and clicking interactive render region. And it will just render the region within this box. You've got quality slider there as well, so if you're want to increase the quality you can drag the quality up to see it rendered in better quality. Now one thing you can do just to add a little bit of strangeness to the object you're creating is to animate some of these properties.

So I could animate say the Radius value, so Cmd or Ctrl on Windows. Click on Radius and that creates a key frame at the beginning for the radius value. Okay and then if I move to maybe here and bring the radius value and we're seeing it update of course because we've gotten the intractive region. We'll take that down as far as it'll go to zero. And key frame it again. And then go to the end and back up to three.

And we'll see how that looks in After Effects once that's rendered. Okay, so you can animate any of these properties for the extrude nerb. As well as animating properties for the text itself. And we'll have a look at animating text a little bit later. But that's a few ideas about how you can bring in illustrator text. Add and extrude nerb and think about animating the different properties of that extrude nerb. In the next movie, we're going to have a look at applying materials to the text just to make it stand out a little bit better.

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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
      4m 23s
    2. What CINEMA 4D Lite can't do
      6m 54s
    3. Opening CINEMA 4D Lite in After Effects
      2m 38s
    4. Quick interface tour
      8m 46s
    5. Navigation tips for CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 5s
    6. CINEMA 4D Lite preferences and settings
      7m 28s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Importing CINEMA 4D files in After Effects
      1m 5s
    2. The CINEWARE plugin settings
      4m 42s
    3. CINEMA 4D Lite render settings
      6m 15s
    4. After Effects project settings
      1m 23s
    5. After Effects previewing tips
      3m 50s
    6. Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D
      5m 19s
  4. 1h 14m
    1. Editing primitive objects
      5m 18s
    2. The Move and Scale tools
      7m 18s
    3. The Rotate tool
      4m 24s
    4. Axis limitations
      1m 46s
    5. Working cylinders
      7m 15s
    6. Linking body parts using object hierarchy
      9m 49s
    7. Spline modeling with Sweep NURBS
      7m 22s
    8. Adjusting NURBS settings
      4m 6s
    9. Using nulls as controllers
      3m 33s
    10. Creating copies with the Instance array
      6m 44s
    11. Carving shapes with the Boole array
      10m 28s
    12. Reshaping objects with deformers
      3m 14s
    13. Adding surface detail with a Relief object
      2m 55s
  5. 55m 41s
    1. Understanding coordinates
      5m 0s
    2. Understanding rotation
      2m 39s
    3. Timeline shortcuts
      3m 1s
    4. Basic keyframing of properties
      4m 31s
    5. Copying keyframes
      2m 3s
    6. Keyframe interpolation
      5m 20s
    7. Adjusting F-Curves
      5m 45s
    8. Holding values
      5m 8s
    9. Using XPresso to link properties: Part one
      4m 17s
    10. Using XPresso to link properties: Part two
      2m 27s
    11. Importing existing animations into CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 21s
    12. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      4m 37s
    13. Animating using presets
      4m 32s
  6. 46m 30s
    1. Importing music and soundtracks
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing commands and shortcuts
      6m 7s
    3. Adding markers
      4m 25s
    4. Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 17s
    5. Cutting between CINEMA 4D cameras with CINEWARE
      4m 23s
    6. Creating cameras in After Effects
      5m 30s
    7. Merging 3D camera data into CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 10s
    8. Animating cameras with Stage objects
      4m 27s
    9. Extracting cameras from CINEMA 4D files
      5m 59s
  7. 43m 49s
    1. Adding CINEMA 4D text to After Effects comps
      5m 4s
    2. Formatting text in CINEMA 4D
      5m 47s
    3. Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator
      6m 9s
    4. Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite
      4m 38s
    5. Applying material presets to text
      7m 51s
    6. Merging CINEMA 4D files
      5m 51s
    7. Registering CINEMA 4D Lite for MoGraph features
      1m 8s
    8. Using MoGraph Fracture on text
      3m 25s
    9. The MoGraph Random Effector
      3m 56s
  8. 12m 8s
    1. Creating a wiggle expression
      7m 49s
    2. The Reset Position script
      4m 19s
  9. 30m 56s
    1. Applying a custom material
      6m 32s
    2. Making a metallic material
      6m 15s
    3. Adding an environment channel
      2m 20s
    4. Adding texture with shaders
      4m 21s
    5. Built-in material presets
      3m 52s
    6. Combining materials
      2m 41s
    7. Using selection sets to isolate surfaces
      4m 55s
  10. 27m 42s
    1. 3D camera tracking in After Effects
      6m 3s
    2. Creating nulls from tracking points
      2m 40s
    3. Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D
      3m 31s
    4. Importing a CINEMA 4D file into a scene
      4m 21s
    5. Exporting CINEMA 4D files from After Effects comps
      3m 42s
    6. Merging objects from CINEMA 4D files
      3m 23s
    7. Manually adjusting scenes between apps
      4m 2s
  11. 19m 18s
    1. Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D
      6m 11s
    2. Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects
      3m 28s
    3. Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE
      4m 56s
    4. Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D
      4m 43s
  12. 36m 10s
    1. Using preset lighting setups
      6m 24s
    2. Light types in CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 38s
    3. Creating visible lights
      7m 56s
    4. Adding ambient occlusion effects
      6m 55s
    5. Optimizing your CINEMA 4D scenes
      8m 17s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Multipass compositing explained
      2m 28s
    2. Adding passes to render settings
      2m 8s
    3. Viewing passes in the Picture Viewer
      2m 35s
    4. Adding object buffers
      4m 51s
    5. External compositing tags in CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 8s
    6. Previewing and experimenting with passes
      4m 30s
    7. CINEWARE multipass options
      7m 8s
    8. Adjusting reflections
      3m 2s
    9. Isolating elements with object buffers
      4m 49s
  14. 53m 2s
    1. Extracting 3D scene data
      8m 11s
    2. Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene
      5m 49s
    3. Working with proxies
      10m 2s
    4. Color correction of shadows
      4m 10s
    5. Layer styles
      3m 50s
    6. Adjustment layers
      4m 58s
    7. Setting up depth of field in CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 10s
    8. Adding depth of field with camera lens blur
      4m 4s
    9. Speed ramps with time remapping
      4m 14s
    10. Motion blur with the Pixel Motion Blur effect
      4m 34s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. Rendering with the After Effects Render Queue
      5m 39s
    2. Background rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      4m 6s
    3. The BG Renderer script
      4m 14s

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