2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 31, 2017 2:10 PM by BartonGarrett256

    Can't Extrude Illustrator Text in C4D

    BartonGarrett256 Level 3

      I've gotten all the way through the multiple secret handshakes to get text into C4D, including the version 8 format, but am stuck and my text will not extrude.  I search the forums and get instructions that say the catch is- I have to, under Object, check the box Hierarchical to link the splines, without doing that it can't extrude a null, which is how it came in.     I can't get that box to appear, so I can't check it.  Any suggestions would be welcome. Untitled-1.jpg

        • 1. Re: Can't Extrude Illustrator Text in C4D
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Umm, well, it would help to actually put them under an extrude object, not a Null object. Seriously, read the C4D help instead of relying on questionable tutorials.



          • 2. Re: Can't Extrude Illustrator Text in C4D
            BartonGarrett256 Level 3

            Thanks so much, that incredibly precise answer and an hour of my time solved the problem.  I do hope I did not pull you away from your work at the State Department too long.  Say Hi to Rex for me.


            If someone else gets stuck, and happens upon this- The Maxon tutorials I was directed to when I installed the program did not help. They are, to my inexperienced eyes, designed for someone creating shapes from scratch.  I simply wanted to extrude some text.   Nor did the Lynda.com tutorials help (they are usually pretty good) and I could not get anywhere with Maxon's on-line help.  I found the solution in a comment posted to a lame YouTube tutorial done by a kid in his basement, you know, the kind that start out "Yo Dudes". Go figure.


            Maxon changed the name of Extrude Nurbs to Extrude. All the tutorials I found told me to use Extrude Nurbs to get the null to extrude. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get to the Extrude Nurbs command.  I could not find it, mostly because it is not there.  After you do all the other steps in Illustrator- saving in 8, centering and creating outlines it will still come in as a null and you have to apply that to get it to extrude. 


            Two steps to solve the problem- first drag Extrude from the top pull down menu- it is in the sub-menu of  the green cube with a scaffold around it icon- onto your file in the menu at the right of your screen, then do not forget to, under the Object tab menu down below it- check the Hierarchical box.   And then Bob's your uncle.