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Cleaner Font Splines June 19, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Those actually look quite clean, unlike my examples above where “p” and “b” are messed up in the bezier interpolation and “B” in the polygon one. In your example, connect the aiCleaner to the polyextrude and see how it looks. Don't try to export your extruded AI or text file as fbx or obj in Houdini (it creates a total mess). C4D must allow ngons with holes, but Houdini doesn't as far as I can tell, so you will always have those edge cuts on letters with central holes. I don't know if you right clicked the aiCleanerNH1 and looked at the nodes. Basically it adds a “hole” SOP, adds a “fuse” to correct very close points, and selects polygons with normals faced the wrong way and fixes (reverses) them.

Cinema 4D does illustrator and text extrudes much better but be aware that if you make these editable in C4D, you will have a lot of work to do (retopo or lots of edge cuts) to make it a proper 3D object with quad topology.

Here is a Houdini file that uses an Illustrator input to create a typical logo.

Cleaner Font Splines June 18, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Here are defects both with bezier and polygon interpretation of the first font loaded. Whether the bezier or polygon interpretation work seems to be dependent on the font. I've tried several. Some work, some don't, some work for one interpretation but not the other. The same fonts work fine in C4D.

Cleaner Font Splines June 18, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

Houdini doesn't handle fonts very well. In your example above, Houdini is creating ngons without holes. The problem is it doesn't do it well at times, as shown in your letter “R”. As was pointed out on another forum, it can fall apart for double holes, as in the capital “B”. If you plan to do extrudes and bevels, I don't see any good solution in Houdini other than retopo of the fonts. C4D falls apart as well if you plan to make the font outlines editable and add any subD at a future time. It works fine if you are doing simple extrudes and using one of the premade caps.