Cinema 4D R13 Tutorial: Making 3D Text

The first and foremost thing that all people want to learn how to do in a 3D program…making 3D text.

There are two ways to create 3D text” using a MoGraph Text Object and a text spline/extrude nurbs. They both serve the same general purpose. The text spline is just for 3D text, no more. While the text spline is just for creating 3D text, the MoGraph Text object allows you to do just that and it allows you to add effectors to it. Effectors are plugin animations for objects in cinema 4d. You can’t add an effector to a text spline, it will do nothing.

A. Text Spline/Extrude Nurbs

  1. Click and hold the Spline palette (The icon next to the Cube). Select the Text Spline in the drop down menu.
  2. Click on the text spline in the object manager. You can edit the text in the attributes manager.
  3. Click and hold onto the next icon by the spline palette. This is the Nurbs icon. In the drop down menu, select the Extrude Nurbs.
  4. We need to create a Parent/Child relationship between the spline and the nurb so that the text spline will become a 3D object.
  5. In the object manager, click and drag the text spline and drop it onto the Extrude Nurbs. The spline should now be a child of the Extrude nurbs.

B. MoGraph Text Object

  1. To find the MoGraph tab, it should be along the menus on the very top of the screen.
  2. Select the MoGraph tab, go down the menu and select MoText.
  3. Click on the MoText object, and down in the attributes manager, you can edit the text.

That’s it! You’ve created 3D text. If you want to learn about all the tiny details that allow you to edit and fine tune your 3D text even more, then watch the video below to learn more about Caps, and adding color materials to your text.