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How to make Striped 3D Typography in Cinema 4D 210 Comments


In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a fun striped typography look using Cinema 4D. First I show you how to use the Mograph Type tool and the random effector to create the scene. Then, I show you how to light and prepare your type or logo for render using Light Kit Pro.

Tutorial

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210 Comments

  1. Tom Krueger

    Thanks a lot Nick, this is very inspiring. As always ;-)

    Tom

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    • Lucio

      Hi guys! Anyone knows how to achieve this effect:vimeo.com/18624531. I mean the multiple words etx.
      thanks

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      • I think they did explained that in the end part of the video. But if you want to recreate same effect in CG I’m guessing After Effects is your best shot, I think you can do this with particular within short amount of time.

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    • Warren

      Another great tutorial however correct me if I’m wrong Nick but this was almost certainly inspired by one of Steffen’s pieces in his 30 seconds of motion video you posted a few days a go?

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      • Maybe subconsciously? Perhaps that’s where the stripes came from. But, I was actually trying to make something else and found this look by accident. It’s funny how brains work, though.

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    • Warren

      Fair enough. Its a great look and another great tutorial, Thanks!

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  2. Anderson Restrepo

    Excelente trabajo, tiene un estilo muy particular.

    Felicitaciones!!

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  3. ahh, Ive been seeing that font so much lately, and I didn’t even know the name of it. Klavica is my new favorite font!!!!!

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  4. Chris192

    Really Cool. Are there any other selections built into C4D except C1 and C2?

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  5. Chad Ronning

    Not exactly the way I did it but close!! Nice job Nick!!

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  6. Jayant

    I’ll try to animate this, Really great idea! I hope to get it online fast :)

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  7. i don’t have words to tell you how great you are so just thank you Nick ! :)

    NOw, i know what i will do tonight ;)

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  8. James Scialdone

    Nick.. I just watched a tutorial with your buddy Rob Redman.. His latest on his site. He still bumped Gamma up to 2.2 and appeared to be using R12. Is there reason to do this? Or should it be left 1 100% of the time when using linear workflow?

    I know this is probably a question for pariahstudios but there’s no comment section.

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  9. Hey Nick, if in the ‘caps’ menu, if you turn off Hull Inwards and turn on Constrain, it makes the text stick out from the back.

    you can’t texture the text different to the fillet like this, but it’s like a quick way of doing it i guess

    &

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  10. Bryan D

    Great job. i love how you talk through everything. I have learned so much from you since I have discovered your site.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Selection textbox for the win! I can’t believe I’ve never seen anyone use it before (myself included)

    as usual, the smallest tips are the BEST and there is always a useful tip or ten in your tuts.

    Thanks Nick!

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  12. benjamin

    nick, this is great, but I am almost hesitant to ever use this technique in my work because it is so unique to you and your style that if I ever even tried to put something like this in a reel or even in print (i assume) most (knowledgable) people looking at it would just say “oh thats that gsg tutorial he did a while back”…

    not to take anything away from the work you did (its excellent), but it will be interesting to see if anyone can take this idea/style and create something entirely new from it…

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    • Tutorials are never about recreating the piece exactly in your work. People do notice and you will get called out for it.

      Tutorials and training is all about learning how the tools and technique work together so that you can use that knowledge to make your OWN pieces. The final examples are just an excuse to learn with a goal in mind. Now, take this tutorial and other stuff that you have learned and make something uniquely yours. Have fun!

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    • benjamin

      well put, but that has been your mantra since day one :) …i guess that i just feel mad that ive done this a MILLION times in c4d and always seen it as a mistake, never looking at how it could look cool on a design level (which is so does)…

      plus I never used the mograph type tool…always used reg type and fracture objects…shame on me x100

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    • I think I may put up a stream of tutorial stuff I’ve made and link it back to the tutorial I got it from. That way I don’t look like a total scheister, and can still document my progress, etc.

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    • I did a render last night, but in the morning I started thinking. I can do more with this. So I took it another way and now it’s rendering again. Can;t wait to take it to AE and finish it. I will post it soon in the comments.

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  13. Mark F

    The bottom image really draws me in because of the shadowing.

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    • Hey John, it’s quite easy.

      Just create some text and play with the extrude/bevel settings, just like Nick did in Cinema 4D.

      Then I used a glass material with an HDRI doing the lighting.

      Simple as that.If you need more details just say.

      Cheers

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    • John Lewis

      Thanks! I am going to try it. Hopefully soon. Yrs truly-
      John

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  14. Great Tut as always.
    I know you have your light kit pro to save you and us time in lighting, but if you could ever do a tutorial in how you set up/built some of your lights that would be great.

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    • RoVino

      I agree robert legers got some xpresso teaching skillz.. he gives you an idea. shows you how it works. and then you have to make it. then a week later he shows you 1 possible solution. But in the mean time youve had to try to make it yourself. and actually dive into Xpresso. Sorry to go off on a tangent but I totally agree with Nick you just gotta dive into it and Robert makes it a little less daunting.

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  15. Hey Nick…pardon my ignorance im still kinda new at this, but Im really have a hard time texturing the caps on the letters. C1 and C2…does not work for me. Am I doing something wrong?

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    • Yeah that didnt work…lol I assign the materials and can get the face or “C1″ of the letter to change color,but the sides or “C2″ doesnt change colors. :(

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    • Han Solo

      Alex,
      Make sure you have two materials assigned to the text and the one for the face with the C1 has to be on the outside (to the right).

      If this doesn’t work get a refund because your C4D is broken. ;) Good luck.

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    • RoVino

      Alex 1 thing that Happend to me a while back is C1 was actually on the back and C2 was on the front. somehow I got my caps reversed.. you also need to make sure you have Fillet + caps on. make sure to check both caps when you try C1 and C2

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  16. buzalev

    another great one, thanks. i will consume this one too, with respect but no remorse.

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  17. Definitely reminds me of inception haha, great work man!

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  18. Mike H.

    AWSOME! Thanks, I wanna try using this for other kind of animation…

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  19. Hi Nick,
    Great tutorial. I took the challenge and did an animation version of this concept. However, once I started messing around, I got something really different.

    http://vimeo.com/18711318

    Instead of using a text object, I used an extrude NURB and animated a Spline Warp. The result was starting to look like FLUX. Nowhere near as good, but something like it. This was just messing around, I may do a longer form using MoSpline as the driving force for some more control.

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  20. Hi Nick
    a little tribute to your fabulous Tut ;)

    now i’m waiting for my new PC to play faster with c4D :)

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  21. Great tutorial, Nick. I’m looking forward to playing around with this technique.

    Also, as I watched you set up your text in the tut, I thought it would be worth mentioning that once you’ve set up all your parameters (justification, font selection, size, depth, caps, etc.), you can make that the default for that tool (MoText tool or whatever) by going to the “edit” menu related to that tool and selecting “Set as Default”. I found this to be a real time-saver for me. I’m sure you already know about this, but I thought I’d mention it anyway : )

    Thanks for all your effort!

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  22. Brett Perry

    Hi Nick. Took you up on the idea of animating the stripes tutorial. You can check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14cKAm7zc4M. I animated the random effector positio and rotation properties. I also animated the back bevel and text object’s depth parameters. Afterall it is chaos. Great technique I’ll have to keep in the back of my mind for future use. Thanks.

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  23. Hi Nick

    To do this without duplicating the object, you can make the object editable – Select all children, hit c again, Connect and delete all children again then just extrude the faces of the text!

    If that makes sense..

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  24. Alan Cross

    I loved your dynamic chain tutorial for C4D – but how can I attach an object to the end of the chain so that it swings with the chain as it drops? Been trying to solve it but nothing working so far! :( Thanx Nick – Alan

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    • Brett Perry

      Hi Alan. There is a tutorial (#34 Hydraulics) at Rob Redman’s site, Pariah Studios, that may help you out. The technique he uses might be adaptable to your situation. Check it out.

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  25. THANK YOU GORILLA FOR THIS CREATIVE TUTORIAL, I ALWAYS FOLLOW YOU.!!! EVERYBOY HAS TO LEARN AND RETUR THE KNOWLEGEMENT TO OTHER FRIENDS, I’M ACTUALLY TEACHING PEOPLE ABOUT C4D AND IT IS VERY COOL!!!! TNKS A LOT…

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  26. Lucio

    Hello super NIck! Anyone knows how to achieve this effect:vimeo.com/18624531. I mean the multiple words etx.
    thanks

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  27. Kwongfucius

    Hey Nick,

    I was throwing together a quick video for my last snowboarding trip. I needed a graphic for people’s names. I thought your striped typography was perfect. To me, it looked like it could be the topography of a snowy mountain. So instead of stripes, I put up a snow texture and used a rounded font to create more rounded edges. It doesn’t quite look like snow –maybe a stylized snow ground. Anyway, here’s the link.

    http://goo.gl/nuMbf

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  28. tonyrome

    I’m learning a lot dude.. I feel like I owe you a beer haha

    Cheers!

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  29. kundo

    Pretty cool tuto! Thx a lot for share all this. Keep going on man, i`ll be waiting for new great tutos =).
    Greetings from Guatemala city. Take care, cya…

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  30. Nick,

    I love you work. Can you post something on the theory behind motion graphics. What I mean is, what sort of things should we think about when tackling a project or coming up with a concept. And i don’t mean just the aesthetics and making it look good, but is also the design centered on the human condition. Feel me?

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  31. John Lewis

    who knows how to make this effect in Maya? I’m going to try over the weekend , wish me luck!

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  32. Great tutorial, thank you!
    Your C4D videos have taught me far more than the manual has, I look forward to the next :)

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  33. Quick question, How your rendering in boxes mine is a line from up to bottom type thing??? any help

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    • It may have to do with your version of Cinema. I think buckets came along in 11.5. Also, there is a setting in the options somewhere. Look for “Buckets”.

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  34. kamran nabipour

    Hi Nick, Tanx 4 Ur Tutorials,They’re great.
    But this one is more, i have a qustion man, please: i can’t find “over head soft box” and “linear sky light.c4d” in cinema4d.
    Where are they? Could You help me please. Tanx a lot man, ;-)

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  35. RoVino

    Question for anyone. Can you do multiple C1 C2 on a material. lets day I have 1 material that I want added to both Caps or Fillets.. is there a separator for that? do you use a comma? C1, C2? or Something else? or can it be done

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  36. nice little effect Nick!

    just got a quick question about the Klavia font…how did you get it to work inside Cinema4D on Mac? I got the font a while a ago for some After Effects work and it works fine in all the Creative Suite on my Mac but not in C4D! any tips or tricks on that?

    cheers!
    J.

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    • Not all fonts work inside C4D… I can’t remember which do which dont but in that instance, make your type inside of AI and when you save it, save it as an illustrator 8 file, make sure you outline your type, and just open it inside C4D. Literally, //file/open/youraifile.ai and you should be good to go. Drop it in an extrude and have fun!

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    • Thx Lukasz,
      i know, that’s what I usually do but the problem is that some fonts i have are open type fonts (otf) and I figured out that r11, the one I’m running does not support OTF fonts and others, r11.5 or r12 do, Maxon released an update for that and in order to make full use of all fonts in the mograph text tools i’ll have to get r11 or r12!
      cheers!

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  37. Thanks Nick for the great work you put in; started with your tutorials a few weeks back now. A lot of great stuff to go through!!

    I tried my hand at a simple animation for the text, here is the result: http://vimeo.com/19058708

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  38. k1dpoison

    anyone know where i can get an alternative to the Klavika font because i dont want to pay 40$ for a font im gonna use a couple of times, thanks.

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  39. Alexander

    Hey, how do you get the tct to become 200 cm? Mine is 200m. Is there any way i can change it to CM?

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  40. How did you get the text to become 200 cm?
    mine is 200M when i´m working with it.
    And if i change it to 2M, all the adjustment i make looks so wieard.

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  41. Menno Weerepas

    Thanks Nick. I made this http://youtu.be/SzO8-VX2oZw but the movements seems to disturb the stripes. Is this because i used the settings of global illumination you use in your video. If i use IR + QMC (Full Animation)instead will this solve this problem?

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  42. Andrew

    Can you help me and tell me the render setting respectively in this tutorial .. becuase I don’t know what are the adjustment values for this ? can you help me please ?

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  43. Thanks NICK, and here what i did with it..

    http://www.mediafire.com/i/?9szcghew16hzzgq

    it came out pretty well, just check it out..
    and please do a proper rendering tutorial as well..bcoz every time i render even though i put 300 resolution the result is the same as 72, it wont give more resolution for me..so please look in to it..

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  44. andydv

    check it…in an effort to drive these tuts home, I’m been trying to combine them. Here’s the striped text in the “art gallery” room I created with another GSG tutorial:

    http://www.andydv.com/adv_ballroom.jpg

    some funky reflections happening on the filet extrusions, that I…like? I dunno.

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  45. Moloy

    Wow, that was amazing. I am into animated video and generally use 3d max, flash and after effects. BUT i think I should learn cinema 4D too.

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