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Chaddix Malchow
Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 25, 2012 at 8:09:33 pm

Hi,

I am doing some 3D logo animations that involve text, some of which are R's, A's and &'s. When rotating them in any way, or even head on, there is a part in the middle that is missing, just does not look like any of the other letters. Font doesnt matter, it's just when there are gaps in the middle of any letter, it doesnt seem to detect that or something. Any ideas how to make these letter work better without using 3DS Max or any other 3D software?

Thanks much


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 25, 2012 at 9:29:45 pm

You could trace the letter shape in Illustrator, but there's got to be a bug- never had that issue before... Did you contact the Videocopilot team- they're pretty fast at getting back to you.

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Vishesh Arora
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 26, 2012 at 2:27:08 am

Chaddix

If you have created the text in AE then Right click on the text layer and Choose " Create shapes from Text " and use that shape layer instead of text layer.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 26, 2012 at 3:09:23 pm

[Chaddix Malchow] "I am doing some 3D logo animations that involve text, some of which are R's, A's and &'s. When rotating them in any way, or even head on, there is a part in the middle that is missing, just does not look like any of the other letters. Font doesnt matter, it's just when there are gaps in the middle of any letter, it doesnt seem to detect that or something."

Can you show a screengrab of the Element interface showing the problem with the text in your viewport as well as the extrude settings?

Walter Soyka
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Chaddix Malchow
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 26, 2012 at 8:02:05 pm

Here is the screen shot, you'll see in the R's and A's that you can see right through them.



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Walter Soyka
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:04:49 pm

Can you also post a screenshot of the Element UI with the extrude settings visible?

Walter Soyka
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Matthew Woods
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 27, 2012 at 8:57:15 pm

It looks to me like the some of the normals on the inside surface of the letters are reversed. I don't know why this happened if it was generated in AE, but I do know that there is an "advanced" option in the Element materials to texture both sides of a surface. I needed to turn this on, when I brought some models that contained 2 dimensional planes into Element. You could try toggling that on.

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Chaddix Malchow
Re: Element 3D and letter difficulties
on Nov 27, 2012 at 11:00:14 pm

Matt at Video Co-Pilot got back to me,

It's a simple button, "Fill Gaps" under tessalation in the Element UI.

Thanks for all the responses


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