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Cinema 4D R18 Essential Training: The Basics

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Create amazing motion graphics with CINEMA 4D R18. Learn the basics of using C4D's modeling, animation, sharing, and rendering tools.

CINEMA 4D R18: The Basics introduces artists to the CINEMA 4D workflow, using CINEMA 4D as part of a pipeline that includes artwork from Adobe Illustrator and finishing touches in After Effects. Author Andy Needham explains the concepts and techniques that are crucial to understanding exactly how this 3D modeling software functions. Learn how to model objects, extrude shapes, animate the model and the camera in your scene, apply lighting and materials, and render out a fully realized 3D animation. Each step follows the development of a real-world motion graphics project—a 3D logo—so you can see C4D's features in action.


  • Welcome
  • How to use the exercise files
1. What Is CINEMA 4D (C4D)?
  • How 3D artists use C4D
  • Artists's work examples
  • Big picture concepts
  • Get to know the interface
  • Useful preferences and setup
2. A Quick Start Project
  • Project stages
  • Illustrator preparation
  • Clean up Adobe Illustrator artwork
  • Model the logo
  • Extrude shapes
  • Animate the model
  • Animate the camera
  • Light the scene
  • Create and apply materials
  • Render the project
  • Take it further
  • Identify what kind of C4D artist you want to be
  • Next steps

Taught by

Andy Needham

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