Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Illustrator artwork, part of After Effects Apprentice: 18 3D Text Cinema 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] In this course, we're focusing on…creating text directly inside Cinema 4D.…However, that's not always going to be your work flow.…Some people prefer to set their text in Adobe Illustrator.…Or you may have a client who gives you a logo in Illustrator…that has, in addition to text, other design elements in it.…So, in this movie, we're going to show you how…to prepare that logo to get you to…the same point where we were with the Cinema text.…The first thing you need to do with your Illustrator file…is to convert everything to paths, or outlines.…
If you were given bitmap graphics, you need to…trace these outlines in Illustrator.…If you were given text, you need to…create outlines from your text.…After you have everything as paths,…you can do a Save As to the Illustrator format…and make sure you don't save it to the most recent format.…To work wit Cinema 4D, you must save it as Illustrator 8.…That's the only way that Cinema 4D is currently going to…recognize your Illustrator files.…Now, I've already done that with this file,…
The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.
- Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
- Beveling letters
- Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding a camera move in After Effects
- Using multipass renders
- Simulating glass-like effect distortions
- Improving render quality