Beginners guide to 3D text



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Introduction to creating 3D text for beginners

Examples of creating 3D text, which can be used as Additions or Subtractions (like carving).

NOTE:
When using Deluxe or Pro with TC Surfaces, one will probably need to set the Surface option high (60-90) to get a smooth looking result.

One of the simplest way to produce 3D text is to give 2D text a thickness, however you can’t add thickness to Standard text, but you can once the text is changed to ‘Flexible mode’ in text properties. Select the text, then right click and choose Properties—›Text page. Change the Mode to Flexible, then select the 3D page and add the desired thickness, alternatively use the selection properties palette to alter the Mode and Thickness.

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This method has the advantage of allowing for further editing providing the text has not been exploded nor any boolean operations have been carried out, for example changing the font, colour or adding underline.

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The text is not limited to simple colour, Materials can also be added to produce the desired effect

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A disadvantage of this method is that the text is a bit faceted, though in many cases this will be hardly noticeable and perfectly acceptable, this is due to the text being based on a polyline with only line sections (no Arcs), it may only become an issue when the thickness is deep or with large scale text.

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Pro only ACIS There are some limitations connected with thickness text, in that one cannot use things like blend nor chamfer, for blend/chamfer the text needs exploding down to an Acis solid, select the thickened text, check the selection palette to ensure it has not already been exploded or converted, and if not, click the explode button twice, the first will convert it to a group, the 2nd to individual polylines,
one can explode a third time so the selection palette shows it as an Acis solid, but this is not really necessary as once the blend etc is carried out the palette will automatically show as Acis.

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Another way that text is converted to an Acis solid is to perform a boolean operation for example addition or subtraction, this has the effect of by-passing the steps above but obviously as above it is no longer editable as text,

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Note, setting the text to flexible is not strictly necessary, for example after exploding standard text twice to get it to a polyline, one is left with a ‘brush filled’ polyline, after which one can explode again to separate the brush from the outline (as in T), or set the brush to none (e), or simply leave it as it is and give it thickness (x) or use the extrude tool which will leave the base polyline/brush intact for reference (small t).

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