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I am attempting to create 3D text in Adobe Illustrator CS5 in OSX using the 3D Extrude and Bevel effect.

The problem is that if I only rotate the text on one axis, in this case the X axis and then give it perspective, the resulting object is missing a few of the faces of the 3d object. This results in some incorrect white space.

Is there any way to correct or work around this bug to achieve the desired effect?

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Try adjusting the perspective by 1.

There are some instances were the perspective will cause faces to drop out. Usually a very minor adjustment in rotation or perspective will help those faces reappear.

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Thanks, I found that out before but I would rather not use it because it makes it off balance. –  Luke Mar 12 '12 at 8:20
There's no other solution. You need to adjust rotation, perspective, or bevel to get the missing faces to appear. –  Scott Mar 12 '12 at 11:08
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Add more control points in your line art, specifically whatever section is not appearing correctly. If you have a curve that is acting funny in perspective, add more anchor points in it and it should begin to render correctly in 3d view.

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This just happened to me too.

I found out what will fix it is if you change another axis and turn it back.

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  1. Look for the path associated with the missing face.
  2. Add an anchor anywhere on that path.
  3. Use the Direct Selection Tool to select the created anchor to convert the anchor point to Smooth instead of the default Corner type.
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