Learn about extruding 3D text by importing an EPS file.
- [Instructor] We've seen how we can extrude text using the Boris effect. We can also extrude the spline. In fact, I can create a spline in a different program, like Adobe Illustrator, import that as an EPS file, and turn it into extruded 3D geometry. Let's give it a try. I'm in a new project now, so I'm going to create a new composition. And two new solid layers. First solid will become the new background, and the second one will hold the new effect.
With the top layer selected, I'll go to Effect, back to 3D Objects, and this time, Extruded EPS. Initially, it doesn't work. It gives me a warning message, because I need to tell it where the EPS is. I'm going to go to External File, and click the Load button. I've included an EPS file for you to test. This is in the chapter seven folder. In the Source folder. Shape.eps, open that. As soon as I do it, I get the extruded shape. In this case, it's the abstract shape I created in Illustrator.
You have many of the same controls as you have with the extruded text tool. For example, you can change the transformations. Can scale this up to the master scale. Can rotate this if I want to, to check out the extrusion. Now, the detail you have on that extrusion is based on the detail of your original spline. So, if you want more detail, create a more intricate spline shape. Can also assign a material. Through the Front Texture.
Turn on Reflections, and also adjust the built-in lights. Built-in camera, and so on. So, very easy to set up. Create an EPS in a different program, apply the extruded EPS effect, import that EPS, and then adjust all the 3D settings.
VFX expert Lee Lanier begins by exploring shared Boris Continuum controls, and then shows how to apply stylistic effects. He explains how to work with the PixelChooser and Boris Lights, and discusses how to color grade and warp footage. He also takes you through using the Boris Chroma Key Studio and working with Mocha Pro for motion tracking, as well as how to add particles and work with 3D text.
- Overview of Boris Continuum
- After Effects preferences
- Applying stylistic effects
- Relighting with Boris Lights
- Adjusting colors
- Changing the time of day
- Warping footage
- Keying green screen
- Motion tracking
- Adding particles
- Working with 3D text