How to Create Bubble Text in Cinema 4D

June 11, 2015 - By 

Bubble Text

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can easily create bubble or balloon type inside of Cinema 4D.  We will start off by using a MoText object and turn it into fun, bubbly, cartoony type!  Then I’ll show you how you can take it even further by using Soft Body Dynamics Pressure settings to make it look like your type is inflating or even deflating like a balloon.  If you have any questions, be sure to hit me in the comments below!  Have fun and if you make something with this technique, be sure to share it!  Enjoy!

Be sure to check out my lynda.com course where I show you how to animate this type of cartoony balloon type using Jiggle Deformers in Cinema 4D!

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  • thanks EJ that was really helpful

  • Thanks EJ great tutorial, I love learning new techniques in c4d

  • Hey, I know you guys did a tutorial on one of justin miller’s work and I was hoping you could do another but for these kind of low poly art works from him.
    http://www.facets.la/2014/354/
    http://www.facets.la/2013/94/
    http://www.facets.la/2013/130/

    Thank you for your time 🙂

  • Hi EJ thanks a lot for all your tutors!
    Could you drop a few lines about that amazing candy mat you’ve used in this lesson? Thank you

  • Martin Herrnadez June 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    hello, nice tutorial as usual, congrats. im only having an issue, im trying to do this with splines and extrude (logotype) and the model goes bad (crazy spikiness movement), try to convert to object, try with motext and do the same thing, what im doing wrong ?(sorry my spelling :P) greetings from Baja Sur Mexico

    • First thing I can think of is the model you’re using may need more smoothed out edges. if edges/corners are very sharp you can get those spiky bits protruding out sides of the object. This method works with most regular fonts pretty easily but it may take some extra preparation when using custom logos, etc.

  • Daryl San Martin June 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Holy Crap! What are your rig specs? Is that 16 cores rendering away?

    Thanks for the tips BTW, you guys are always the bomb.

  • nice tutorial!! really quick and nice way to make a bubbly looking object. Only thing i would like to know is the lighting, texturing and rendering.

  • This was awesome EJ! Can you please do a tutorial on how something like this can be created in C4D https://www.behance.net/gallery/3810513/Digitale-Type-02

  • EJ, this is a great tip. I needed a somewhat quick solution and this did the trick. Thanks!!!

  • Is this cake? It looks like icy bun.

  • How do you freeze the current state of the object once its inflated. It seems to default back when ” make editable ” or ” set current state” is applied

  • Stephane Marcano July 23, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Hey EJ,
    Thank you for sharing time and skills on C4D,
    I am a beginner on C4D but did some tutorials now,
    I did my bubble text but one thing I can’t figure out,
    I am using C4D R15, I’ve put some link below to understand better what I say,
    Before playing on it’s fine but when I play on … my letter and all of my polygons are not connected even if I used a connecter into my Mo Text, I followed all the settings as you used ( I think so ) ..

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1horXbfnFv-cHY2X1RsLTc5S1k
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1horXbfnFv-LTVfd3hXeHNfY3c
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1horXbfnFv-TlBsOWpVdmYzSTg

    thank you.

  • Stephane Marcano July 23, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Hey EJ,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge on C4D
    I can’t figure out one thing on the Bubble Text animation, on mine I have some space betwenn polygons as you can see on the link below ..

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1horXbfnFv-QVhGTHZtQjZYUU0
    Finally I found one issue is to desactivated soft body ( but in yours you have “made of polygones lines” ) so if you have an idea it will help me a lot.

    Thank you.

    • Stephane Marcano July 29, 2015 at 2:25 am

      Hey Ej,
      Finally I’ve found what is going wrong,
      I am on C4D R15 so after converted the object then select the sous-object and right clic to optimize ..
      So easy finally,
      thanks.

  • So, I’ve been playing with this, and I can get kind of the same look as yours. But I’m trying now to take it to the next level using some “handmade” type made using illustrator. I’m capable of importing the object into cinema and making it 3d with an extrude, then when I place it inside the “bubble” object I’m getting this horrible lines, like is made of cloth.

    So I wonder if as I’m using splines made by me the geometry is being damaged. This is the link to the good bubble text, and the bad made with my handmade spline.

    This is the one made by the tutorial:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7js8tmgcnyw6wkg/Screenshot%202015-08-03%2022.52.29.png?dl=0

    This is the one following the steps, but as you see looks horrible:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/pxcq86bm2c24acy/Screenshot%202015-08-03%2022.53.12.png?dl=0

    And this is using only extrude, but it does not look bubbly:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/23e1egeob6jgkc6/Screenshot%202015-08-03%2022.53.46.png?dl=0

    This is the spline in cinema:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/w5te0w78na702ku/Screenshot%202015-08-03%2022.55.47.png?dl=0

    Thanks in advance, great work as always.

  • The Subdivision Tool doesn’t exist in R13 how to solve this??

  • Really interesting way of making ballon style type! Great as usual

  • Really interesting way of making ballon style type! Great as usual

  • Hi EJ. Great tutorial. One question though. When I turned on the subdivision surface for my letter “H”, I get a huge mass of ugly lines intersecting each other. I can’t seem to get the perfect mesh that you had for your “S”. Any tips on solving this problem?

  • Wandellyson Cardoso May 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    my friend create single object ta not appearing in caps. You can give me a hint where can I turn?

  • Super helpful tutorial EJ, top tips as usual.

  • Awesome tutorial. Extremely helpful, I should buy you a beer! Cheers

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