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There are three ways that I know of without paying for plugins. Check CreativeCow.com for tutorials. One method is to copy the text layer 50 times or whatever and change the z axis one pixel on each one. The other way involves using the shatter effects, which has built-in extrusion. The third way involves downloading a free custom effect from here:
It takes a few minutes to get everything installed, but if you follow the instructions on his site, it works very nicely.
Hi, Kickerlight... Ya, I've seen the multiple copy type technique before (although shifting it in z rather than scaling/offsetting it is clever).... and the shatter idea is quite clever too. I'll look into that.
What I have to see now is what happens when I do a 2D (4 point) track of video footage with these techniques. Not sure if the extrude will move in perspective, or be flattened.
Cool. I'll look into taht. Thanks...
Hmmm... That shatter method doesn't seem to work. All I get is a back plate and no sides.
There are several third-party options for creating true 3D extrusions within AE. Probably the best known is Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator:
(Note that the Standard version requires the creation of the text in Illustrator, while the Pro version allows you to do it directly in AE.)
BorisFX also have an extruded text plugin:
Have a look, Laer - http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/3D_Extruded_Text.php - I haven't really spent time with these methods. But the extrude custom effect I mentioned above works really nicely.
don't forget maltaannons little secrets about extrusion