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Professional Lighting Techniques in Cinema 4D

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Have you always wondered how to create great renders in Cinema 4D? The key is to understand how lights work.

Professional Lighting Techniques is your ultimate guide to lighting in Cinema 4D. With hands-on lessons, you will be guided through some of the core concepts of lighting as well as the advanced techniques and tools.

Ozgur, who is one of the very few Maxon Certified Cinema 4D Instructors in the world, has spent over a decade mastering these lighting techniques and created this comprehensive course to teach you how to use lights Cinema 4D.

You will start this course by using basic light setups, then move onto more advanced techniques such as creating physically accurate lights, studio setups, improving shadow quality, working with global illumination and ambient occlusion, creating glowing objects, using HDRIs, understanding volumetric lights, reflections, caustics and more.

Each lesson is accompanied with the source files you can download in order to follow along and practice what you've learnt.

Whether you are an existing Cinema 4D user with years of experience, or a new designer, you will learn countless lighting tips and tricks used throughout the industry, which will help you create better looking renders in less time.

If you are looking to improve your renders by using lights properly, then this course is for you!


  • Welcome
  • Lesson 1: Comparing Real Lights and C4D Lights
  • Lesson 2: Creating a Seamless Backdrop
  • Lesson 3: Preparing the Scene for Lighting
  • Lesson 4: Working with the Default Light
  • Lesson 5: Understanding the Different Types of Lights in Cinema 4D
  • Lesson 6: Lighting a Scene With a Single Light
  • Lesson 7: 3-Point Light Setup
  • Lesson 8: Shadow Quality
  • Lesson 9: Area Lights vs PBR Lights
  • Lesson 10: Creating Visible and Volumetric Lights
  • Lesson 11: Using Volumetric Lights on Text
  • Lesson 12: Lighting with Global Illumination
  • Lesson 13: Global Illumination Settings
  • Lesson 14: Ambient Occlusion
  • Lesson 15: Using Objects as Light Sources
  • Lesson 16: Adding Glow to Lights
  • Lesson 17: Lighting with HDRIs
  • Lesson 18: Using Gobos for Dramatic Effect
  • Lesson 19: Caustics
  • Conclusion

Taught by

Ozgur Gorgun


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