Dojo Extruder Introduction Post
Here’s a nifty little script I created to automate the creation of ‘pseudo’ 3D extrusion. This script automatically creates multiple copy stacks and layers them on top of each other to achieve extrusion. You also have a few cool options to tweak shading, bevels, extrusion depth, and much more. The best part is, the script is free for everyone!

Tutorial

Why Use This Over Element 3D?

You simply don’t. This is not an alternative method if you have Element 3D at hand to create fast 3D extrusions. This script is purely here for those who need to create 3D extrusion and don’t have Element 3D or similar 3D plugins. This is also a handle script for VideoHive template makers who do not want to use Element 3D in their projects, but still want a fast way to create 3D extrusion.

How It Works

This script stacks a bunch of extrusion copies on top of each other to create extrusion depth. The script automates this process and also automatically creates a control null which everything is parented to. You have the option to control the extrusion amount by adjusting the Extrusion Depth. There are also lighting and shading options that will allow you to achieve a much more realistic and better looking result. Everything is fully reactive to AE lights and cameras. There’s also a quick option to soften things to smooth out the rough edges if needed. To move and animate the 3D object, you can use the control null’s position, rotation, etc.

Get It Now

You may download the Dojo Extruder Script below. Make sure you read the License Agreement and Installation Instructions included in the .zip file. Please refrain from uploading mirrors and re-distributing *cough my fellow Vietnamese pirating forums*

I enjoy writing these little scripts as it gives me a chance to practice my programming skills. Updates will roll out for this script periodically as I learn some more clever ways to automate the process. If you guys have any feedback or tips on how to improve this script, let me know in the comments below!

VinhSon Nguyen

VinhSon Nguyen is a motion graphics designer and hosts a series of creative design tutorials related to Adobe After Effects & Cinema 4D. He is also a Tuts+ Premium course instructor, pianist, and coffee fanatic. He enjoys teaching various subjects and loves to improvise music.

  • Kenedy Torcatt

    And you did it again man! WoW, congratulations. You’re having a hapy scripting :)
    I’m trying this asap! :)

    • VinhSonNguyen

      Thanks Kenedy! Ever since I’ve been digging into AE scripting, I’ve been able to create little scripts to help my workflow tremendously!

      Let me know if you have any ideas on how to improve this script.

  • Eric Prochnow

    Thats amazing ! Very good job Vin ! :D

    • VinhSonNguyen

      Thank you Eric!

  • Camilo Cabreja

    Definitely a great solution for those without Element3D a quick and easy way to create 3D titles , You’re doing a great job with all these scripts !!

    • VinhSonNguyen

      Thanks for the awesome feedback Camilo. This script was designed specifically for those without Element 3D, so I’m glad it’s doing its purpose :)

  • Dali

    Good job ;) keep up the good work !!

  • ForEffects

    Hi VinhSon ^^ Big thx for ur great/helpful tutorial & for the script ^^ Amazing work again !

  • Ronn

    Why do so many people doing tutorials say, “go ahead and” before each step? It doesn’t mean anything. As in “Now just go ahead and close this window” instead of “Now close this window.”

    • VinhSonNguyen

      Make a tutorial and find out. Saying “go ahead” and similar phrases are more natural to me and it’s something I would say to someone if I was teaching them in person. All personal preference.

  • http://Www.Youtube.com/AlMarkhi7 Hussain AlMarkhi

    Wow xD .. Really man I am really interesting in your talent you really creative and coming with new and amazing ideas, keep going and good luck to you brother

  • Michael R

    Vin, Would love to download your Extruder script, but there doesn’t seem to be any place below for linking to make the download. Am I missing something? Thanks and best regards. Your work looks amazing!

    • VinhSonNguyen

      After you push the Tweet or Share button, the premium content box should disappear revealing a link :)