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Cinema 4D: Cloth Simulations for Motion Graphics

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Learn to build a cloth simulation—simulated curtains, flags, and reveals—with the CINEMA 4D cloth system.

A flexible and dynamic 3D cloth simulation is a commonly requested feature in modern motion graphics. Realistic cloth simulations that respond to forces such as wind and gravity can take the visual language to another level. Luckily, CINEMA 4D's cloth system offers a relatively simple toolset to incorporate flags, banners, and other convincing cloth simulations into motion graphics and animations.Cloth Simulations for Motion Graphics in CINEMA 4D is a project-based learning experience that follows three projects from start to finish: an animated flag blowing in the wind, opening and closing theater curtains, and a cloth-on-object logo reveal. Each project is rich with lessons that artists can adapt and apply to any cloth animation. Author Alan Demafiles will help viewers use the C4D Cloth tag and colliders, attach cloth to other geometry in a scene, loop simulations, correct imperfections with the morph deformer, and apply logos and other patterns to fabric. Start watching to incorporate cloth simulations into your mograph skillset.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Core Concepts
  • Understanding cloth dynamics in C4D
  • Working with the Cloth tag: Tag tab
  • Working with the Cloth tag: Forces tab
  • Working with the Cloth tag: Dresser tab
  • Working with the Cloth tag: Expert tab
  • Creating and using caches
  • Flat mapping textures
  • Scene scale consideration
2. Creating a Flag
  • Modeling and texturing a flag
  • Modeling the flag pole
  • Modeling the rope
  • Setting up the simulation
  • Attaching belt constraints
  • Adding colliders
  • Animating the flag raising
  • Caching and looping the sim
  • Rope loop
  • Flag rings
3. Creating Theater Curtains
  • Modeling the curtains
  • Adding the helper object
  • Adding the Cloth tag
  • Attaching belt constraints
  • Animating the curtain raising
  • Introducing pose morphs
  • Morph corrections
  • Mirroring the curtain
  • Projection mapping the logo
4. Creating the Reveal Cloth
  • Creating the logo
  • Creating low-res colliders
  • Cloth setup
  • Draping
  • Attaching belt constraints
  • Animate the cloth reveal
  • Cloth reveal troubleshooting
  • Cloth reveal settings comparison
  • Next steps

Taught by

Alan Demafiles

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