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  1. Create a Wavy Band Surface in Cinema 4D 34 Comments

    In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the technique I came up with to recreate the nice, clean undulating bands in these spots:

    RocknRoller Studios for The Sound of Deep House
    WeAreSeventeen for Betfair

    I’ll start off by showing you my thought process and my first two failed attempts and see how I finally came to discover how to recreate this look. Cinema 4D has an amazing amount of useful tools and I had to think outside of the box (or cube) to figure this one out! The technique I demonstrate in this tutorial can be applied to many styles of mograph and hopefully helps you think out of the box next time you become stuck trying to figure out a technique!


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  2. Introducing Transform v1.2 25 Comments

    We just launched a HUGE new update to Transform. This is the biggest update we have ever made to any plugin. We added a bunch of new features in the latest version including the ability to break apart models and text into individual polygons. Then, you can animate each polygon using one of our new presets or using the “Custom Mode” that allows you to make your own animation with no keyframes.

    Learn More About Transform

    Easy Text Animation


    Animate Individual Polygons


    NEW SuperText™ Plugin Included

    SuperText is a new plugin that is included when you purchase Transform. Use it to make animating type and vector logos even easier. Use SuperText with MoText and Transform to create tons of different polygon, texture and subdividing effects.

    Like all of our plugins, it’s all procedural so you can change your text at any time. Chop up and subdivide your text without making anything editable.

    • Easily and Evenly Subdivide Your Text – For polygon or chunking effects with Transform.
    • Fix Cubic Projections – to make all your textures perfectly stick to your type with one click.
    • Bake Geometry While Keeping Your Text Parametric – to fix typefaces for rendering or sharing with clients.

    Want to see Transform in action inside of Cinema 4D. Watch the video below to learn about how we use Transform to make animated titles, and detailed polygon transitions.

    Transform In Action

    We made a “What’s New” video that shows some of the new features and modes for the latest version including SuperText, Poly Mode, and some of the new animation presets. Check it out below.

    What’s New In Transform v1.2

    Thanks for reading and watching about what Transform v1.2 can do for your animation workflow. I really appreciate you checking it out. Please head over to the store if you want to learn more about it or purchase it. Thanks for supporting Greyscalegorilla.

    Current Transform Customer?

    This is a free update. Visit our Updates Page and enter the email you used to purchase Transform to get your free update.


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  3. First Look: TRANSFORM V1.2 13 Comments

    Here is our brand new demo reel for Transform featuring new effects and animations made with the latest version v1.2. This is our biggest update to Transform ever. It features brand new Poly modes and text effects to help make complex animations easy.

    This brand new version will be out tomorrow. This update will be free to existing customers and of course to anyone who buys today. Stay tuned for more videos and renders made with Transform v1.2.

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  4. Five Second Projects: Paradise 6 Comments

    Ahhh, summer. It was a rough winter here in Chicago, but we finally made it. Now it’s time for rooftop drinks, hangin’ out by the swimming pool, and creating our own version of paradise.

    Whether it’s snorkeling in the Caribbean or eating a whole box of cookies, we want to know what your idea of paradise is. Use the theme “Paradise” to create a five second animation and submit it on the Five Second Projects page. Our favorite videos will be featured in a post on the GSG site. Happy Rendering!

    See all of the entries over at

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  5. Creating an Illustrative 2D Style Ribbon in Cinema 4D 10 Comments


    In this tutorial I’m going to keep with the nice, 2D illustrative look theme and apply it to create those popular and trendy 2D style ribbon banners with 3D depth by using Cinema 4D. I’ll start by showing you how to use C4D’s Spline Wrap to create our ribbon along with some handy tips to sell that 2D illustrative look. Then, to get the flat 2D color, we’ll use materials created by the Cel Shader & Spline Shader. Finally, I’ll show you some creative ways to animate the ribbon to give it some nice organic movement. You’ll even learn some Latin! This tutorial has it all, huh?

    Again when working with Cinema 4D to create 2D vector looking art, be sure when you render to turn up the Anti-Aliasing settings as well as using a sharper Filter than Animation; such as Cubic (Still Image) or Sync so you have nice crisp edges in your animation to sell the 2D style.

    Here’s the tutorials I mention in this video that shows you how to create the 2D illustrative materials using the Cel Shader as well as the text material using a Spline Shader that is applied on the ribbon element:
    Using the Cel Shader to Apply an Illustrative 2D Style to 3D Objects in C4D
    Using the Spline Shader in C4D to Create Text as a Material


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    10 Comments Posted 1 month ago