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Cinema 4D - How to Deform Text to a Spline Shape in Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D - How to Deform Text to a Spline Shape in Cinema 4D



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Deforming Text to Spline Shape in cinema 4d
This is a simple exercise but a very crucial one. Often, in 3D modelling, the thingsappearing pretty simple defy solution and make you feel like banging your headagainst the wall!It happened with me when I was trying to design a camera. Final part was to putthe text on the front of lens barrel, which is round in shape. Problem was how tomake the text round. It had me struggling for quite sometime until I found it in asimple command called Spline wrap, nested in MoGraph menu. I felt likesharing it with the readers because they too could be struggling with such athing.In inorganic modelling, deforming text is very important because often you haveto paste the text on different and unusual shapes.MoGraph module is necessary to follow this tutorial.This is the original model I wanted to design.And this is my attempt that I am still trying to refine.
For the text to be pasted on the lens barrel, first I tried to use “arrange” commandfrom the Function menu. It didn’t work. Then after searching for the solution,which I was sure the guys at Cinema 4D would have put it somewhere, Istumbled upon the Spline wrap command in MoGraph menu.Ok, let’s start. We will not take entire camera for our exercise. To check theprogress of our work, we have to render the object repeatedly and this we cannotdo with a complex model as it requires more rendering time. Instead, we willdesign a rough model of lens and then place on it the text in a circular shape.1.Go to primitive objects and select disc.2.In the object properties in Attibutes Manager in the lower right handcorner of the interface, enter the following parameters:Inner radius – 0Outer radius – 100Disc segments – 4Height segments – 100Orientation - +Z Axis3.Rotate the camera to bring the object to the front and zoom it a bit. Thescreenshot will look like this:
Select the disc in the Object Manager in the upper right hand corner of theinterface, double click it and rename it as Lens barrel.5.With Lens selected in Object Manager, hit C on keyboard to make iteditable.

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Hatim Ahmed added this note
thanks alot for your detailed tutorial ,, one quick question ,,, how can I stick a text to a curved surface of an object I wanna use in my animation ,,, keep in your mind that the text should move alongside with the object throughout my animation ??????????????????
Nathan Johnston added this note
this isn't very clear at all...
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