Looking to create 3D text in After Effects? Put that text tool away kids, and crack open Cinema 4D Lite! Starting with the first version After Effects CC in 2013, Cinema 4D Lite is packaged FREE with AE. One of the biggest uses of Cinema 4D is how easily you can create professional 3D animation titles, with real 3D properties like shadows and reflections.
In this tutorial, I get into how to get started with Cinema 4D Lite by creating 3D text titles. I also get into how the connection between C4D Lite and After Effects works, by utilizing the Cineware bridge. I also talk about setting up basic 3D materials, and how you can add all types of AE effects to Cinema 4D projects, like adjustment layers, background solids, and anything your After Effects heart desires!
In part 2 of this tutorial, we'll talk about adding MoGraph Effectors to the 3D text, in order to create letter-by-letter text animation. Check out Part 2 here.
Want to learn how to do this using MoText in the full Studio version of Cinema 4D? Check that out in this post here!
Looking for more Cinema 4D Lite tutorials?
Learn how to Create a 3D extruded logo in Cinema 4D or Cinema 4D Lite.
Then learn how to Work with Materials and Reflectance textures in Cinema 4D.
Next learn about 3D Lighting and HDRI Sky images in Cinema 4D.
And then learn about Creating Animation, working with Keyframes, and the Cinema 4D Timeline.
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