The new MacBreak Studio episode is here and this week Mark Spencer of ProVideo Coalition shows Steve Martin from Ripple Training how you can create 3D objects out of your own vector artwork. If you wonder why would you do that, the answer is quite simple - there are thousands of fonts out there and you can use them in a very creative way to really great effect. Mark believes that he new 3D text features in Final Cut Pro X (10.2) and Motion (5.2) are quite incredible and in the case of fonts it is now really easy to transform them into 3D objects. But the great thing about this feature is that if you have a logo or other vector artwork that you would like to convert into a 3D object in Final Cut Pro or Motion, there's a nice walkaround. Simply convert such artworks into a font and it's super-easy and fast in a web application called Glyphter.
"Glyphter is a font-building app. It has built right into it access to many free symbol fonts in a sidebar and all you need to do is select a collection, select a symbol, and drag it into a box for each glyph - for example, the capital A on your keyboard could be a star symbol. In this manner you can quickly build a custom font full of your choice of symbols.
But you can also paste Scalable Vector Graphics - images with the .svg extension - into any of these boxes. There are plenty of free .svg's available on the web, or you can export an svg version of vector artwork from applications like Adobe Illustrator.
Before you do so, however, I'd advise you to first clean up your artwork to ensure you don't have any open paths - Glyphter won't like those, and neither will Motion. And while Glyphter even includes basic font editing capabilities, I'd do that work in your vector artwork application."
After you add your symbols to the grid and create your font, install it into your FontBook and you're ready to go!