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  • Joe Moya

    December 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    If you want a true 3D look, then you will need to build the text in a 3D software application. Or, (depending upon how you built the original text – such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop)… you might be able to use Zaxwerks>

    If you want the “apperance” of 3D (not true 3D), there are a few work arounds in AE. You can do a search of this site and find the tutorials. The best one in the group is problably Maltannoon’s 3D extrusion tutorial.


  • Nicholas Toth

    December 9, 2008 at 4:21 pm


    Extrude an .ai file in blender. Fire out the .obj to photoshop, and import it to CS4.

    Otherwise — follow the tutorial listed above — or give a stab at blender!

    Zaxwerks is a good option too.

    Nicholas Toth
    Freelance Animator

  • Francis Hughes

    December 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Joe and Nicholas!

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! Great answers, my sanity and I thank you.


  • David Bogie

    December 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    > my sanity and I thank you. < Your sanity will be gone when you open Zax or Blender or even contemplate moving the 3D if you're really new at AE. Lights, shadows, camera positioning. 3D is nine times as difficult as 2D and takes up to 20 times as long to render. bogiesan

  • Caleb Armstrong

    December 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm



  • Francis Hughes

    December 10, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks again to you all for your replies. True to form client has changed his mind and now hates my camera movement and that the animation finishes with the camera looking at the logo at an angle.

    Politely put…grrrrrrrrrr.

    Cheers again all,


  • Nicholas Toth

    December 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Bogiesan —

    I disagree. Zaxwerks has so many plug and play presets, its total cake to work with — whats their motto? Something like creating 30 animations in a day? Read the manual and you could have something created in an hour or two. Don’t be intimidated by Zaxwerks — a novice can learn it quick, and a master can really churn out some high end stuff.

    However Blender, can be confusing if its a new interface for you, but there are tons of tutorials available online.

    Nicholas Toth
    Freelance Animator

  • David Bogie

    December 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    [Caleb Armstrong] “QFT



  • David Bogie

    December 10, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I was speaking in generalities but I wish to acknowledge and thank you for the contribution to the thread. You are very correct in relating the ease with which interesting objects and camera moves can be created relatively easily in Zax products.


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