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We all know you can "type on path" in Adobe's Illustrator like this:

illustrator example

Now, I would like to do the same in Maxon's Cinema 4D but after checking the documents and several search engines, I still haven't found the magic bullet to do that.

cinema4d example

How can I "type on path" in Cinema4d like I can do in (eg) Illustrator?

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

Here are two tutorials using a spline as a rail guide:

Creative Cows: Text on spiral spine-

C4DCafe: Text along non-banking helix-


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Superb... Thanks! – e-sushi Aug 2 '13 at 1:11

Easy, assuming you have Illustrator handy.

  1. Create what you're after in Illustrator.
  2. Select the text and convert it to outlines (from memory, it's Type > Create Outlines, or command-shift-O).
  3. Export the document into a format Cinema 4D can read. SVG should do the trick.

You're done!

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I know about that workaround. When I use it, I use the Illustrator3 as the export format to import it into C4D. But doing it that way, I can't edit/modify the text in Cinema4D. And I don't always have Illustrator handy. That's why I'm looking for a "native" way to do it in C4D directly without the need of any other software. But don't get me wrong - even when I can't use it, I appreciate your answer. – e-sushi Jul 29 '13 at 2:42

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