In this movie, we’ll take the 2D text line that we created in the previous movie, apply it to an extrude object, which will then create a piece of 3D geometry for us. Let’s take a look at how we do that.
First, I’ll click on the top of the screen in the menu bar, the green icon right here, click and hold, and select Extrude Object. Now the extrude object in CINEMA 4D is what’s referred to as a generator object, which means, on its own, it won’t do anything.
It needs to be paired up with another object in order to create geometry, in this case, a spline. It will be the parent object, and the spline, in this case the text, will be the child object, and it’s very easy to create that hierarchy.
If we click and drag the text and drop it onto the extrude, so the arrow is pointing down, and if we let go, you can see two things have happened. One, in the viewport, you can see that the PHILLY text is actually a piece of 3D geometry right now, and if I use 1, 2, and 3, on my keyboard, I can orbit around, zoom in, and see that there’s actually some depth to this object.